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Cayo Romano Snorkeling Heaven

Cayo Romano Snorkeling

It’s nothing personal we think, but fish don’t like people much. On Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo you’ll be able to see a few fish darting around and, if you swim out (away from the people) you´ll see more, but never large quantities. But this is not so on Cayo Romano, you see Cayo Romano has no hotels, buildings or people. The Cayo Romano Island, just 20 minutes from where you are staying, is entirely uninhabited. Just expanses of the same beaches you have visited near your resort, yet with nobody on them. Yes, if you enjoy Snorkeling, don’t waste a second to visit Cayo Romano.

How to get to Cayo Romano?

From Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, if you have rented a car or scooter, you’re almost there! Simply look at the road in front of your hotel with your back to the sea and Cayo Romano is left. There’s only one road, so it’s easy, drive past the Jardines del Rey airport, then straight ahead. The road runs through the center of Cayo Romano. The street is cement paved and has not yet been asphalted but, it’s perfectly passable if not a little dusty…

The first left turn takes you to the virgin and uninhabited northern coastal beaches, then on to Cayo Paredon Grande on the same road. From any of these heavenly coves you’ll find that within a few meters of the beach the sea is literally teeming with fish, coral and marine life.

There’s an even better spot though, don’t take the first left but the second (about 2km later) and you´ll arrive at a beach and coastline with numerous palm lined coves. The beach here is around 4km in length and, once again, totally deserted.

Finally, if you don’t turn left at the second turn off, instead continuing ahead, you’ll reach the end of Cayo Romano. Here you’ll find several lagoons where fish come to breed and smaller species spend their first months before venturing out to sea.


Why snorkel on Cayo Romano?

You’re invariably going to see a total transition of fish behavior. The fish are both closer to the shore and more numerous, totally unfazed by your presence. The untouched beaches are littered with starfish, with crabs jetting back and forth from the sea. Around the month of December, Sea Turtles lay eggs on the beaches here which is quite a spectacle. The coral reefs are packed with fish nursing their offspring and rocky coves are simply teeming with all sorts of marine life. At the last spot we mentioned, you´ll also be able to explore some densely populated marine lagoons which stretch between the reefs and the shoreline. There is one “Blue Hole” in this area which is perfect for seeing larger species. There are no poisonous fish in Cuba, no sharks or predators anywhere near the coast and, few, if any, sea urchins (unless you swim in rocky cove areas) to stand on!

Forget snorkeling where you’re staying and try this! Virgin untouched beauty.

Snorkeling in Cuba

Heat it up at Cayo Romano

Love in Cuba

Have you ever dreamt of being alone with your partner on a Caribbean island with nobody around? How about just you two on an idyllic deserted Caribbean beach? Sound like the makings of something good? Cayo Romano is just 15 minutes drive from Cayo Coco and 30 minutes from Cayo Guillermo, yet couples visiting these Caribbean Resorts (up to 15,000 people at any one time), never venture beyond their hotels. What if we told you that Cayo Romano is where all the above is possible and more…?

Cuba Love Cayo Romano

Getting to Cayo Romano is as easy as renting a car and driving on the only road on the aforementioned Cays, past the Jardines del Rey airport, then straight ahead. The road cuts through the center of Cayo Guillermo. The first left turn takes you to the desolate and uninhabited northern coastal beaches, then on to Cayo Paredon Grande.

If you prefer, don’t take the first left but the second (about 2km later) you´ll arrive at a beach and coastline like something from a TV Ad. Around 4km in length, the beach is totally deserted with no; people, buildings, hotels or anything else.

Finally, if you don’t turn left at the second turn off, instead continuing ahead, you’ll arrive at the end of Cayo Romano and yet more empty and secluded beaches.

So… no more excuses, make your fantasy a reality. Take some refreshments, a few beers and some snacks and head down to Cayo Romano. We guarantee you won’t see anyone else (unless they’ve read this…) and you are assured absolute and total “aloneness”, just you and your partner…

You’ll thank us for this tip and, will probably never forget it either…Cayo Romano Love

Book a fishing trip to Cayo Romano Cuba or go it alone?

Fishing Tours Cuba

Should you book a fishing trip to Cayo Romano or go it alone? Many anglers ask themselves this question, often venturing into the unknown has them scurrying to a $5000-$7000 package deal. However, no permits are required to fish in Cuba and, the beauty of fishing the flats is that no boat is required anyway. The weather is so good you can fish in shorts and a t-shirt. In certain areas you can wade out for over 1km and still find compacted sand on the flats in these shallow waters. What a tour will certainly get you is fishing from a boat, maybe a few blue holes but, is this really necessary?


We´ve had numerous anglers achieve Caribbean Grand Slam right on the coast, just off the mangroves so, again, is the boat worth $4000-$6000 more than a $1000 week going it alone? It’s all down to your personal preferences and whether you absolutely “must” fish from a boat to make your experience whole. Nevertheless, for those who don’t need the motorized fishing experience, fishing off Cayo Romano is achievable at a budget price, often less than a fifth of your boat focused fishing tours. We will start with the essentials:

  • You will need to rent a car to move you and your fishing gear around plus, get out to the best remote areas of Cayo Romano or Cayo Paredon Grande (just further up the road). You can book a Car Rental in Cuba with us at the link.
  • You will need accommodation. The easy route is to take an all-inclusive Hotel on Cayo Coco. Cayo Coco is just 15 minutes by car from Cayo Romano and, getting here is as easy as driving back past the airport, then continuing along the only road there is. If your budget does not extend to an all-inclusive, or you’d prefer to stay in the “Authentic Cuba” then this is not a problem. You can stay in Moron at either a cheap $20 per night hotel or a cheaper Casa Particular (around $15) by checking here.
  • You could also take a package that includes both Cuba Hotel and Car for less than $1000 a week. If you’re more people in the same vehicle (we have 5 to 9 seat vehicles), you can even add extra rooms to the package. We will advance book the exact hotels you’ll need from the package, based upon your itinerary, since these packages have a fixed cost no matter which of the hotels within the package you stay at. You could take one of these packages, fish for a few days then venture off to any other area of Cuba. Wherever there’s a hotel from the package, you can stay there with this offer (check the previous link for more details)

Cuba Old Cars

If you are serious about a fishing trip to Cuba, whether it be to Cayo Romano or anywhere else on the island, click the chat button on this website and tell us what you’d like to do, when you’d like to go and how much you’d like to spend and we will create a package to suite your exact budget and needs. There’s no cost to chat with us about this, so give us a try, we’ve been booking trips to Cuba since 1995, so you’re in good hands!

Cayo Romano Guide

Grand Slam Cayo Romano | Caribbean Fishing

Grand Slam Cuba Caribbean

It’s a dream of many anglers to catch a bonefish, tarpon and permit during one day of fishing. Achieving your own Grand Slam is a reality in the waters off Cayo Romano. It is no secret that Cuba’s northern coast is well known to ensure some of the best fly fishing possibilities in the Caribbean. Cayo Romano holds big numbers of local tarpon and, on some of them are big schools of migrating tarpon, passing by on the way to their spawning grounds.

Cuba Fishing cays

Cayo Romano and the area in the bay between the island and Cayo Paredon is perhaps the most interesting destination for giant tarpon in the Caribbean. Both Cayo Paredon and Cayo Romano are still relatively unknown to anglers so, finding a good spot is as easy as patrolling the desolate flats. You simply won’t see more than 1 or 2 other anglers, if any at all.

The beauty of fishing off the coast of Cayo Romano is that the big three – tarpon, permit and bonefish – can be caught the whole year round, making it possible to catch your own “Grand Slam” with relative ease, especially if you start out early and make it a whole day of fishing. While searching for your trophy, you’ll get barracudas, groupers, jacks, trigger fish. You’ll also snag the ferocious Cubera Snapper, one of the hardest fighters compared to its size and weight. The different species that are to be found on the flats make the fishing very rewarding since there are always some fish around that can be caught. Just come prepared and in good shape because while trying for your Grand Slam they might be some very strong fighters!

The huge flats offer great Grand Slam possibilities for the flat angler. You can fish for bones, permit and tarpon by wadeing the shallow flats and bordering mangroves and, if you wade out far enough, you can go ahead and cast into a blue hole for big tarpon. However some real giants can be caught just by staying on the flats. If you stay on Cayo Coco and hire a car you can explore Cayo Romano with your family. It’s a great destination to let the kids play around on the beach while you get off to snag a big one! It’s very easy to remain in eyesight but still get some serious fishing under your belt.

Fishing the flats at Cayo romano and Cayo Paredon

Flats Fishing Cayo Romano

Both Cayo Romano and Cayo Paredon Grande offer easily accessible flats that are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi firm mottled bottom that guarantees a solid footing and good wading. What you will find is a virtually untouched flats oasis, absolutely teaming with fish and wildlife. Both locations are excellent for those who like to wade close to the shore. The amount of area that’s wadeable is simply stunning and, as you’ve guessed; the need for an expensive tour or even a boat is simply not essential in order to enjoy this virgin area. You can go it alone with your rod or, with a few friends, and have an immense fishing experience.

Saltwater Flats Cayo Romano

In these shallow waters, bonefish are a healthy 2.2kg (4lbs) and during the course of the day it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 4.5kg (10 lbs) range. Tailing bonefish are widespread and you can expect to frequently see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish at a time. What really sets this location apart from so many others in Cuba is that anglers can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit fish each day. There are very few places on earth where guests can fish for big bonefish each day and get shots at tailing permit at the same time. The consistency of this is virtually guaranteed at Cayo Romano no matter when you go. In fact, it is a rare day when you don’t encounter and get shots at permit. When you do snag a permit, it will range in size between about 3.6 and right up to 13.6kh (8 – 30lbs). During the months of April and May, during breeding seasons, the sardine schools are in and fish over 45kg (100 lbs) can be landed.