How to Book a Casa Particular in Cuba

In addition to questions on how to visit Cuba legally and getting around, I received many questions on where to stay. Hotels are pretty expensive, but to be in compliance with the Support for Cuban People category, you should be staying at a Casa Particular (vacation rental or casa for short). Types of casas include private rooms, apartments, or entire houses. If you’re visiting Cuba anytime soon, here are some tips for renting a casa particular.

Casa Particular Milagros

How to Book a Casa Particular

The easiest way to book a casa particular is through an online service. During our search, we chose Airbnb, but there are other options available. Just make sure to ask as many questions as possible and read reviews before making your final decision. You also need to state your reason for visiting before booking. Make sure all your ducks are in a row from booking to returning as you may be questioned by a Customs agent when entering the US. Below are some sites to book a casa particular online:

Related: 5 Tips for Planning a Trip to Cuba

Not all casa hosts speak English. If you’re not fluent or conversational in Spanish, download Google Translate via the app or Google play store and use it to your advantage. Food may be included in the booking price while other hosts may offer it for an additional fee. My cousin and I booked both a private apartment and private room for two casas via Airbnb. Both rentals had cafes and restaurants walking distance, so we purchased food for about $3-20 CUC total for lunches and dinners.

Casa Particular La Rosa de Ortega

To get an idea of a casa particular, here’s a video of our first casa, a one bedroom apartment rental on Calle 23.

In addition to our rentals, I have a few friends that have stayed in casas via Airbnb. Here are links to our room rental at La Rosa de Ortega and their suggestions in Havana:

Not only does renting a casa particular save you money on a budgeted vacation, it is a great type of cultural exchange. Our hosts gave us a list of activities, restaurants and showed where to go in case we needed money or assistance. One of my vegan friends showed her host how to make fruit and vegetable breakfast smoothies, gifted her blender and she loved it. Research is definitely key when looking for lodging in Cuba.

Related: Cuba Packing List: What to Bring for a Week in Cuba

How to Book a Casa Particular in Cuba

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2 thoughts on “How to Book a Casa Particular in Cuba

  1. Planes, Trains and Champagne

    Great post! I’m going to Cuba in January and looking to book a casa particular. I agree this is a great option since it’s more affordable and you have the ability to interact with a Cuban family.

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  2. Doctor Anni

    Great tips! I have seen so many great pics from Cuba. Would love to visit one day!

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