Expansive, rarely-fished saltwater flats. World-class bonefishing with shots at tarpon and permit. Delicious, home-cooked meals. Vibrant culture. Warm, welcoming people. Illuminating conversation. You’ll discover all this and so much more on our one-of-a-kind fly-fishing adventure in Cuba. During this trip, you’ll get to know Cuba through a diverse selection of activities, from a private musical performance to one of the most interesting fly shops we’ve ever found—and of course, world-class bonefishing. A wealth of natural wonders and interesting people make Cuba one of the most enriching destinations you’ll ever visit.
No visit to Cuba would be complete without a stay in Havana. You will have opportunities to explore this vibrant city through visiting markets and historic sites during the day, while enjoying music and authentic Cuban cuisine in the evening. A peaceful fishing town will be your home during four days of fishing on pristine flats and a coastal river. You’re sure to leave with a deeper understanding of Cuba and its people—as well as some tall tales from one of fly fishing’s best-preserved fisheries.
Wild landscapes and saltwater flats that have been protected for decades, creating a haven for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, and snapper, as well as hundreds of species of migrating birds and marine creatures.
Four days of fishing near Ciénaga de Zapata National Park with local guides, some of whom are park naturalists, working to preserve this important ecosystem.
Authentic interactions with Cuban entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and conservationists where you’ll have many opportunities to speak one-on-one, exchange ideas and learn about life in this unique island nation.
Delicious meals in privately-owned paladares, featuring homemade, local dishes and a traditional pig roast complete with music and entertainment.
Walking tours and studio visits in Old Havana, where you’ll be swept up in the vibrant culture and arts scene; including a visit to a classic car restoration garage and a private musical performance.
A visit to Finca Vigía, the home of Ernest Hemingway from 1939-1960. Now a museum, it contains many of the Nobel Prize-winning author’s personal belongings, including his storied fishing boat Pilar.
This adventure fully complies with all Cuban and American government regulations.
After a short charter flight from Miami to Havana, we’ll begin our week in Cuba with lunch at a family-run paladar (a privately-run restaurant). In the company of our local guide, we’ll take a walking tour of Old Havana, a 500-year old UNESCO World Heritage Site. An urban planner and architect will join us to share his fascinating perspective on the past, present and future of Havana. We’ll visit the Museum of Fine Art with an art historian as well as meet a local artist who specializes in Afro-Cuban themed sculptures and abstract art.
Ciénaga de Zapata National Park is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and has some of the most pristine shallow-saltwater flats in the Caribbean. From our lodge in the quaint fishing village of Playa Larga, you’ll spend four full days’ fly fishing with a local guide and park naturalist who is committed to protecting this pristine ecosystem. In Las Salinas, you’ll fish from skiffs as well as have opportunities to wade for bonefish and permit. You’ll also spend one day fishing for tarpon on Rio Hatiguanico.
Classic cars and Hemingway are icons of Cuba and are essential to a complete Cuban experience. We’ll meet car restoration experts who will show us their collection of clasicos. A tour of Ernest Hemingway’s home, Finca Vigia, is our last stop before heading to the airport. You’ll leave with a newfound respect for Cuba’s culture and people.REQUEST A DETAILED ITINERARY
January 21 - 28, 2017
February 25 - March 4, 2017
March 18 - 25, 2017
April 22 - 29, 2017
May 14 - 21, 2017
October 7 - 14, 2017
November 4 - 11, 2017
December 2 - 9, 2017
We'll help arrange your Cuban visa. The cost of your visa is included in the price of your trip for 2017.
Yes. The Orvis Adventures team worked for over a year and a half to make sure that this unique program fully complies with all applicable U.S. laws and regulations.
While the United States government still maintains certain trade and travel restrictions, "people-to-people" travel is authorized provided that travelers adhere to a full-time schedule of educational and cultural activities while on the island. The Orvis trips meet these criteria.
The Cuban government and people open their arms to U.S. visitors. On some occasions an immigration official might ask you questions about your stay on the island (e.g. what electronic equipment you are bringing, how much cash you are carrying and who you will meet with). This is standard and you should not be concerned – it’s part of the experience! Please be transparent and feel free to show them a copy of your program.
All U.S. citizens and permanent residents will need a passport with a minimum of two blank pages that is valid for at least six months after the scheduled date of return from Cuba. A tourism visa will be issued to you when you receive your plane ticket.
Please note: Cuban law requires that individuals who were born in Cuba and departed the island prior to January 1970 obtain a special entry visa from a Cuban consular office overseas. Orvis will work with you to obtain all required permissions. If you think this may apply to you, please contact an Orvis travel specialist for additional details.
You won’t have to worry about your flights between Miami to Havana, the Orvis team will take care of everything. However, here are the details if you’d like more information:
Travel to and from Cuba will be on charter flights direct from Miami to Havana. At this time, regularly-scheduled commercial flights are not yet in operation. The check-in process, baggage policies and punctuality differ greatly from commercial airliners and extra steps are required. Regularly scheduled commercial flights are expected to begin in the Fall of 2016 and we will keep you posted as the situation develops.
Check-in begins 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure time and the flight officially closes 1.5 hours prior to scheduled departure; no exceptions. We recommend leaving at least 4 hours between connections when departing and/or returning from Cuba. Pre and post trip overnight stays in Miami are optimal when possible. There are not always daily departures and a missed flight can result in significant complications.
Travelers are permitted to bring 44 lbs. of total luggage, including checked and carry-on. Fees of $1-2 per pound over the allotted 44 lbs. could be applied although are not always enforced. Each piece of checked luggage costs between $20 and $30. When possible, travelers should opt for carry-on only. These fees are paid directly to the charter company.
Cuba doesn’t require any specific immunizations to enter. We recommend you consult your physician to discuss your particular situation and any medical conditions.
Cuba has two currencies, the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC—pronounced “kook”). The CUP is exclusively for use within the domestic economy and it is unlikely that you will encounter it. The CUC—which is officially pegged to the U.S. dollar at a 1:1 ratio—is used for all transactions involving imported goods and in the tourism economy.
You can exchange U.S. dollars (USD) for CUC at all major hotels and at state-owned currency exchange locations throughout the island. The standard rate is $0.97 CUC per $1 USD. However, it is important to note that the Cuban government levies a 10% surcharge on USD-denominated exchanges, meaning the effective exchange rate is $0.87 CUC per $1 USD (e.g. for every $100 U.S. dollars that you exchange, you will receive $87 CUC).
Newer $20, $50 and $100 bills are preferable because it can sometimes be harder to change small bills and worn and torn bank notes will not be accepted.
Maybe, but probably not.
This hidden 10% surcharge on U.S. dollar-denominated exchanges leads some travelers to believe that they will get more “bang for their buck” by taking Euros or Canadian dollars instead of USD. While this may be true for a lucky few—travelers who maintain bank accounts in Canada or Europe, for instance, or who otherwise have easy access to other currencies at low conversion rates—most people find that any savings they think they achieve by purchasing Euro or Canadian dollars in the United States are wiped out by the high fees and poor rates that most retail currency exchange locations charge.
The importation of hard currency to Cuba is unrestricted. However, travelers who arrive with more than $5,000 USD (or the equivalent in other currencies) are expected to declare so on their customs forms upon arrival. In practice, bringing in cash in excess of $5,000 USD is not a problem, but may cause minor delays during your entry procedures.
Meals, ground transportation, fishing permits, local guide service and accommodations are all included in the cost of your travel package. Not included are gratuities, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs and other incidentals. Most travelers find that $250 per person per day is more than enough to cover these expenses.
Please note: you will meet several well-known Cuban artists during your trip and some travelers may choose to purchase artwork to bring back home with them. (The importation of Cuban artwork to the United States is unrestricted.) If you think this may apply to you, please contact an Orvis travel specialist for further information.
No, credit and debit cards will not work in Cuba.
U.S. regulations permit travelers to return to the U.S. with up to $400 in merchandise from Cuba. Travelers are now permitted to bring back up to $100 in rum and cigars. This can be $100 in rum, $100 in cigars, or a combination of the two up to $100 in value. Purchasing Cuban cigars and rum in a "duty-free" shop at the Havana Airport does not exempt them from the $100 limitation for personal use, and if not compliant with the regulation, may be subject seizure by U.S. Customs.
There is no limit on the amount of money you spend on art and information materials and you can bring back as much art work, music, books, posters, postcards, photographs, crafts and other art and artisan goods as you’d like. For more information, visit the U.S. Customs site at https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/36/~/importing-cuban-cigars
Cuba is one of the safest countries in Latin America. Part of the beauty of visiting the island nation is being able to walk freely without worrying about violent crime. Just as with any international travel, in any big cities throughout the world, petty theft does occur and precautions should be taken; you should never leave purses, bags and other valuables unattended, even in your hotel room.
Travelers should exercise basic situational awareness at all times and are advised not to leave belongings unattended, nor carry purses and bags loosely over one shoulder. Visitors should avoid wearing flashy jewelry or displaying large amounts of cash. When possible, visitors should carry a copy of their passport with them and leave the original at a secure location. When exchanging currency, use official stores and informal money exchanges in the street.
Telecommunications in Cuba have vastly improved recently, but remain slow and unreliable. Internet is limited to hotels official Internet cafes, and a few public wi-fi hotspots scattered throughout the major cities. Most U.S. cell phones do not work in Cuba. Verizon and Sprint recently signed roaming agreements and now function for calls and data on them island at a very high rate. Please check with your provider about availability and pricing. Prior to the trip, Orvis will provide travelers with contact information for hotels/residencies as well as emergency contacts in the U.S. and in Cuba.
Cuba makes generally satisfactory routine health care services available to all foreign visitors and the cost of a basic Cuban health insurance policy is included in the price of your travel package. However, you will likely not have the ability to purchase prescription medications locally. As such, it is strongly recommended that you remember to pack any prescription and/or over-the-counter medications you require in sufficient quantities to cover the full duration of your trip.
Please note: this program requires travelers to engage in moderately strenuous physical activity during often hot (80+ degrees Fahrenheit) weather conditions. Please notify an Orvis travel specialist if you have any health issues that we need to be aware of.
An Orvis host will be present throughout the trip and a bilingual guide will accompany all scheduled cultural tours. Translation will be readily available to facilitate interaction and maximize your experience. For Spanish speakers, there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate in group settings and one-on-one conversations. Most fishing guides speak English very well and have no problems communicating with you while you are fishing.
Cuba generally has electric outlets that are 110 V or 220 V and are labeled. Most of the places you will stay will have access to both. Some bed and breakfasts and hotels do not have outlets for three-prong cords, common for computers, so a two-pronged adaptor for any three pronged devices is recommended. Most electronic devices (cell phones, computers, tablets, camera battery chargers, etc.) have convertors built in and is marked on the chargers. It’s recommended that you bring an adaptor and possibly a converter to deal with 220 V electricity.
Yes, but there are some exceptions. Cuba forbids photographing military or police installations or personnel, or harbor, rail, and airport facilities.
We will refund your money on any purchase that isn’t 100% satisfactory.
Anytime, for any reason. It’s that simple.
Orvis Commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature.
“If we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources, we must be willing to act to preserve them.”
– Perk Perkins, Chief Executive Officer, The Orvis Company