Zapata Peninsula Cuba

The Zapata Peninsula is located on the south-central coast of Cuba. Most of the peninsula is a national park and makes up the largest protected wildlife area in the entire Caribbean. Noted as one of the best bird-watching destinations in the world, it is home to 175 bird species, 900 species of plants, and 31 reptile species including the Cuban Crocodile. The landscape of this area is very similar to Everglades National Park in Florida.

Also historically important in the context of Cuban history, the adjoining Bahia de Cochinos (the Bay of Pigs), is where Cuban forces repelled a US backed invasion in April of 1961. The area was historically the poorest region in all of Cuba before the revolution and the first area developed by Fidel's new communist government after the rebellion.

The expansive flats that extend from this huge mangrove swamp provide an amazing saltwater fishery, particularly for bonefish. With most of the flats being hard sand or coral, plenty of wading is available or anglers can cast from skiffs while stalking bonefish that average between 3 and 5lbs. There are also permit here, particularly on the outer edges of these vast flat expanses. Resident tarpon are found here as well in the slightly deeper water of the channels and lagoons. Migratory tarpon arrive in the spring months and can be targeted through the end of June. Also available is a massive system of flats called San Lazaro.

To reach this area anglers will transported overland from Havana approximately 3 hours to a man made channel that cuts through the mangrove swamp and eventually access open water. Boarding flats skiffs, guests will navigate through the channel to where it meets the salt and then hop aboard the yacht Georgiana. From Georgiana, rides to the fishing each day will be short and can be varied to the kind of fishing anglers desire.

Georgiana Yacht:
The Georgiana is ideal for groups of 6 - 8 anglers. There are 6 cabins on board, so many anglers will enjoy private accommodations. At 100' in total length, the Georgiana has very comfortable cabins and well appointed bathrooms and showers. Georgiana is anchored in the deeper water adjoining the western edge of the San Lazaro flats. From the live-aboard, anglers will travel to different fishing zones each day, always seeing a variety of habitat and fish species.

The fishing area in San Lazaro is very unique. The flats are very large, and extend inland over miles of shallow water until reaching the mangrove border of the Cienaga Swamp. With water so shallow, anglers will fish this area out of single skiffs, while they search for Bonefish and Permit. When fishing the deeper areas, and when guides want to travel further, anglers double up and seek out tarpon and other species. During the week, anglers will fish 4 days from single skiffs, and two days in a double. San Lazaro has been divided into 10 different fishing zones, and guides are careful to rotate through those zones so none are pressured.

The days fishing from the Georgiana are long, and can be customized to your liking. Generally, breakfast is around 7 and anglers leave in their skiffs between 7:30 and 8am. Anglers can return to the Georgiana for lunch and a break from the strong sun, or opt to bring lunch with them and stay on the flats. The food is fresh and simple, with fruit and juice always available. Meals include chicken and pork, and of course a variety of freshly caught seafood.

Rates and Details

2019 Rates: $3,738- $4,988 for a 7 night/6 day package (based on a group of 8 anglers)

Included: All accommodations and meals, 6 days guided fishing, 6 beverages per day (beer, soda and water)

Not Included: Round trip airfare to Havana, fishing tackle, personal expenses, staff & guide gratuities

Season: Year-round

Fish Species: Tarpon, bonefish, permit, jacks, snook, baracuda, snapper

Capacity: 8 anglers

Map: Zapata Peninsula, Cuba

Zapata Peninsula Cuba NEWS

Nov 15, 2018

Hosted Trip with Jon Covich – Zapata Peninsula, Cuba

Jon Covich of Cuba Fishing Outfitters has his dates set for his next trip to Cuba’s Zapata Peninsula. These trips have been a massive hit and there is no better person to help you navigate the complexities of travel to Cuba and organize all of the small details than Jon. Jon has fished all of the […]
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The World’s Best Bonefishing Destinations

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Jun 6, 2018

Cuba Cultural Tour – Trip Report & 2018 Dates

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Apr 12, 2018

Zapata Peninsula, Cuba – 2018 Discounted Hosted Trip w/ Jon Covich

This is a great opportunity for anglers interested in Cuba to fish one of the most protected marine areas on the island at a very good price. Jon Covich, Fly Water Travel’s specialist for Cuba, will be hosting this trip. This will be Jon’s 15th trip to Cuba, his experience and expertise within Cuba will […]
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Feb 14, 2018

Cuba Cultural & Fishing Tour w/ Jon Covich – Expanded Availability

We are extremely excited to offer a new Cuban adventure that combines both an introduction to the culture and life of the Cuban people and the pristine fishery of the Zapata Peninsula. You’re invited to join host Jon Covich, who has made more than a dozen trips to Cuba, on this amazing adventure. Jon has […]
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Jan 11, 2018

Cuban Cultural & Fishing Tour – Spring 2018 w/ Host Jon Covich

We are extremely excited to offer a new Cuban adventure that combines both an introduction to the culture and life of the Cuban people and the pristine fishery of the Zapata Peninsula. You’re invited to join host Jon Covich, who has made more than a dozen trips to Cuba, on this amazing adventure. Jon has […]
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Dec 14, 2017

Cuba is Open for American Anglers – Prime Availability for 2018

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Sep 14, 2017

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Apr 14, 2017

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Sep 15, 2016

Book Direct Flights to Havana, Cuba Now!

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Jun 14, 2016

U.S. Airlines to Begin Flights to Cuba

Jon Covich breaks down the recent news of U.S. commercial airlines beginning direct flights to Cuba: So, we knew that this news was coming. However, all is certainly not done, and you have to read the information closely to see where things are at right now. Here are some highlights from the recent news: 1. Six […]
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Jun 9, 2016

Hosted Trips w/ Fly Water Travel – Cuba 2017

We still have some amazing opportunities to join Fly Water Travel on the water in Cuba for 2017! These are prime time options and we couldn’t be more thrilled to offer these remarkable trips to the hottest saltwater destination in fly fishing. As a team we have spent well over 10 weeks on the ground […]
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Mar 31, 2016

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For the first time in well over 50 years, American anglers can now legally experience the country’s vast selection of pristine flats destinations, the wonder of Havana and one of the world’s most unique travel opportunities. Click To Read Full Article If you’d like to learn more about this destination or start exploring Cuban fishing possibilities […]
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