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Trip Overview


With a fishing area more extensive than the Florida Keys’ size, Jardines de la Reinas is Cuba’s most classic flats clear-water Tarpon fishery experience. Think of going back in time and fishing the Florida Keys’ pristine waters 70 years ago, basically all to oneself…

Located 50 miles off the Southern coast of Cuba’s mainland, JDR is the ultimate saltwater flats experience for anglers interested in the freedom to fish all day, from dusk till dawn. With a maximum of 7-8 skiffs fishing an area more significant than the Florida Keys, this unique fishery allows fly anglers some of the best clear-water Tarpon fishing on the planet.

Those seeking many, many opportunities at feeding and battling the Silver King in crystal clear waters should put JDR at the top of their Tarpon list.

Peak Tarpon season begins in April with the arrival of the large migratory Tarpon (70-100+ lbs) and runs through June just like the season in Florida. These large Tarpon are targeted in clear water, cruising along the deeper flats and cuts just as they do in the Keys of Florida. A traditional day offers anglers many, many opportunities at achieving success with these battling giants.


Jan 2 – March 6 and July 10 – Aug 28 Low season $5,500-8,800

November to March is considered the off-season and allows the chance to escape the colder Northern climates and still enjoy chasing the juvenile Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, and Snook around its sandy flats.

March 6 – July 10 High Season Tarpon Migration $10,500-12,000

From April through July, the Peak season offers THE ONLY opportunity to tackle the enormous migratory Tarpon (50-100+lbs) and large Permit, Bonefish, and Snook. For clients, April-May is THE season for anglers interested in catching the mighty SILVER KING.

Stillwater Travel Hosted 2024 Dates:

April 6 -13. Full

April 13 - 20. Full

May 11 - 18. Limited Availability

Stillwater Travel Hosted 2025 Dates:

May 17-24.


This Mothership is a 136′ long and 25′ wide professional steel yacht with 12 comfortable guest rooms; it can accommodate 16 guests per trip. Each room comes equipped with a private bathroom, toilet, hot shower, individual climate controls, and a safe.

Whether you are looking for a quiet place to read, a place to sunbathe, a warm jacuzzi to relax, or a bar to tell your fish stories at, the mothership provides more than enough space to accommodate any activities.

The food aboard the JAII consists of a beautiful selection of Cuban cuisine, grilled fresh seafood and vegetables, and many international delights.

The chef is well versed in many different styles and will be sure to amaze you during your stay. Also, there is a full bar with a selection of Cuban beers and rum, international wines, and a variety of spirits. Our attentive crew will be there to take care of your every need and make sure you have a wonderful trip.

Life on the live-aboard is relaxed and completely customizable. With the yacht keeping us close to the fishing grounds, the commutes are short, allowing you to fish as long as you would like to each day.


We have all of the logistics covered. That being said, logistics for travel vary per person and seasonally. We are here and happy to help with any questions you may have. Give us a call or drop us a line

Gear List

These suggestions are for the Angler looking for the basic idea of what to bring on this trip. If you would like our in-depth and concise checklist, you can request it HERE. We have good news—the largest selection of gear on the planet. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are here to help you.If this doesn’t fit your budget, we also have rental equipment for your trip.

Rod: 9’ 8wt. – (Bonefish) Speed and accuracy: G Loomis Asquith Fly Rod
Reel:  Nautilus NV-G Fly Reel
Scientific Anglers Amplitude Bonefish Fly Line

Rod: 9’ 10wt. – (Permit/Tarpon) Easiest loading rod in the market: Scott Sector Fly Rod
Reel: Nautilus CCF X2 Silver King
Line: Scientific Anglers Amplitude Tarpon Fly Line

Rod: 9’ 12wt. – (Tarpon) Quick efficient casts are a breeze: Sage Maverick Fly Rod
Reel: Nautilus CCF X2 Silver King
Line: Scientific Anglers Amplitude Tarpon Fly Line


• Sunscreen
• Clippers on retractor
• Headlamp
• Polarized sunglasses (we recommend Smith’s low light ignitor lens)
• Small waterproof pack for wading
• Reusable bottle for water
• Flats wading boots
• Breathable rain gear
• International power adapter