La Tortuga, Cuba
La Tortuga provides the base for our Cuban operation and is moored in a sheltered channel in the centre of the archipelago. It is not moored here by accident; from here fishing can be found as close as the bar area in the evenings and most of the flats and lagoons are a short skiff ride away.
Bonefish are ever present and can be taken in any month of the year but it has been a feature of recent years that the larger fish (up to 10lbs) have been more often caught in the winter and spring months.
Baby tarpon are present throughout the year and can be found cruising in and out of the mangroves while the larger tarpon which reach up to and above 100lbs come onto the flats from the end of March onwards as the water warms up and brings with it more and more baitfish.
Permit are the keen fisherman’s ultimate goal and they have the ability to turn even the most languid man into a shaking wreck as these fish do not present themselves very often and when they do they are inclined to be utterly dismissive of even the most perfect cast. They are however, found on the flats throughout the year and rods on La Tortuga have landed Grand Slams from November to June.
As well as the productive flats, La Tortuga offers the chance for rods to take a trip to fish the reef that is a short skiff ride away. This is an experience not to be missed as the quantity and variety that can be taken on either a well placed popper or by simply trolling can be extraordinary. We tend to recommend that all clients take a spinning rod for this action but also to take the barracuda that menacingly patrol the bonefish flats.
La Tortuga takes a maximum of 14 guests in seven air-conditioned twin bedded cabins each of which has an en suite bathroom. With a central dining room which serves superb food, La Tortuga has a deserved reputation of being great fun and has a wonderful atmosphere. The boat offers a full laundry service, satellite communication and hire of fishing tackle - fly rods and reels as well as spinning gear.
La Tortuga is suited to non-fishers who wish to dive and snorkel. A dive master is ever present and the diving is so good that it has been featured in the National Geographic Magazine.
La Tortuga does not offer the indulgences of the Ritz but she is comfortable, clean, offers excellent service and is great fun. She is however, primarily a fishing base and in this guise she probably offers more indulgent luxuries than any hotel yet built.