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Casas particulares – homestays

Casas Particulares

A unique way to get to know the real Cuba: stay in one of these atmospheric and often historic family homes, offering a similar type of accommodation to a Bed & Breakfast.

The homestay concept in Cuba is not dissimilar to that of the bed and breakfast in the UK, except that generally all meals can be taken in the house. The hearty home-made food on offer can often represent the most attractive dining option in town.

But what really differentiates Cuban homestays is, of course, their unique character and the insight they offer into ordinary life in Cuba. Run by a family or couple, casas particulares are legally restricted to just a couple of guest rooms, making the experience very much one of being a guest in a private home. The level of interaction can depend on the owners and of course the guests, but it is sure to offer a more intimate portrait of Cuba than a stay in an ordinary hotel.

The houses themselves can often be extremely charming, occupying historic buildings or bedecked with antique furniture (this being Cuba, it is kept for practical use rather than ornamentation!). Rooms are rudimentary but homely and comfortable with en suite facilities. Read more about them here.

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What our clients say

  • "Lovely extended family with lots of local contacts for guides, taxis etc."

    LD, Beaconsfield
  • "The rooms were comfortable and the bathrooms small but clean. The air conditioning didn't work well, but there were fans. Basita was a kind and attentive hostess and the breakfast…

    SKF, Edinburgh
  • "Great location a minute's walk from Plaza Mayor and nice rooftop area to relax in the shade or sun. Excellent food served in main house across the road."

    PW, Norwich
  • We had essentially our own house, with living room and kitchen area. Friendly extended family living all around.

    RGJ, London
  • "Martha was absolutely lovely and her 'trust' fridge with drinks was brilliant as we couldn't always find a shop, let alone one with cold drinks! She was very kind eventhough…

    ZEW, London
  • Very friendly welcoming family. Our host provided us with extra home cooked snacks  and fresh fruit and we had access to a kitchen to make drinks and as much bottled…

    LVK, Sevenoaks
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Our Expert's Opinion

Homestays vary greatly, they are after all someones house but this means you get to experience a different side of Cuba and it's little quirks. That's not to say you'll be intruding on a family, it's very much like a B&B so you'll still have privacy and the home comforts you expect.

Jamie
Jamie Swan Product & Marketing Jamie backpacked across Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil before joining us; he has a degree in politics and is also a keen sportsman..

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