Casas in Cuba

If you want real Cuban experience, then forget about hotels and resorts, stay with locals in one of many casas particulares across Cuba! Casa particular is house or apartment owned by Cubans and they rent out their extra rooms to travelers. We didn’t reserve any of our casas before, but as soon as you stay at one, then they know someone in the city where you go next and they can book it for you or you can find one by yourself when you get to the next city. Your choice!

There is many options, you can get room in very bad condition or in very good condition. Gotta admit some of our casas were great and then others weren’t so great. Some have fridge and tv in the room, most of them have private bathroom and some offer breakfast, lunch and dinner at casa which is amazing! About language barrier, yes most of them speak only Spanish, which is what happened in our case, but if you search on internet you can find some that speak English too.

Here are our casas and what we think about them!

Casa Mary in Havana


Consulado No. 263 e/ Animas y Virtudes, Centro Habana, La Habana

phone: (53) 7 860 0282 or 5 254 5531

Location of this casa is perfect. You have Paseo del Prado and Parque Central around the corner and just few minutes to old Havana. Every morning you can buy fresh fruits and vegetables just outside the house. Mary, her husband and the rest of the family are very nice, they understand a little bit of English, but it’s the best if you speak Spanish. They like to joke and they are going to help you with whatever you need.
They have 2 rooms, each of them with private bathroom, fridge and TV, plus they are building the 3rd room now.

Casa Mundo y Yusy in Viñales


Salvador Cisnero final No1 A Carretera al Cementerio, Vinales, Pinar del Rio


phone: (53) 525 09332 or (53) 582 03267 or (48) 684535

Vinales is a small town so nothing is far to walk. This casa is on a little hill and they have rooftop terrace where you can see nice sunrise and sunset while relaxing in rocking chair.
They can also organize all sorts of activities and trips for you. We went horseback riding only, but you have choice to go to Cayo Levisa, Cayo Jutia, caves, hiking, rock climbing…
They can also prepare breakfast or dinner for you which is absolutely delightful and huge portion.

Hostal Yuyo in Playa Larga

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Playa Caleton, Cienaga de Zapata, Matanzas


phone: (53) 58 21 1780 or (53) 45 98 7465

This casa is located in Playa Larga, which is very relaxed little village. We loved this casa, rooms were newly renovated, with fridge and safe. Food was so delicious and huge portions, nice rooftop terrace too. Very close to the beach where they had live music some days. She can also organize taxi and guide for you to go bird watching or taxi to go snorkelling. Really the best choice in Playa Larga!

Hostal Delia & Nelson in Cienfuegos

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Calle 41 #6001 B (Altos) e/ 60 y 62, Cienfuegos


phone: (53) 52 03 1321

They have one room with private bathroom and access to terrace. Owners Delia and Nelson are such a lovely couple. They also organize tours and taxi for you. We went to El Nicho waterfall and Guanaroca Lagoon to see flamingos. Delia is also amazing cook, you have to try her food, it’s bombastic! I would most certainly recommend this casa to anyone going to Cienfuegos!

Hostal El Chaplin – Pedro y Mireya in Trinidad


Vicente Zuyama No. 81 , e/ Ciro Redondo e Isidoro Armenteros, Trinidad

phone: (53) 53 41 9117 or (53) (41) 99 38 73

This casa was pretty old and in bad shape, but hosts were nice. Location was good too, but you have a lot of options in Trinidad so this wouldn’t be my first choice for sure. Rooms had only one window facing inside of the house and it smelled a bit moldy. So if you don’t find anything else then go for it, otherwise stay somewhere else.

Calle Maceo #409

phone: (53) 529 610 07

Very good bike rental if you want to bike to Playa Ancon or anyone else.

Hostal Dinorah in Santa Clara


Calle Central e/ 3ra y Danielito #74 Rpto Virginia, Santa Clara

phone: (042) 293 410

Dinorah was a great host, she met with us at bus station. Her casa is nice, but not that close to center of the city. Room was nice too with private bathroom, but she doesn’t offer food. It’s not too far from bus station.

Casa Mayra in Varadero

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Avenida 1ra #4010 – Altos esq 41, Varadero


phone: (045) 611 924 or (53) 537 621 26

This casa was perfect, very nice room with private bathroom and fridge plus only one block away from the beach. You could see beach from the balcony. Mayra was very nice and helpful. Supermarket was just across the street and there is quite few restaurants near by. I would really recommend this casa in Varadero!

All our casas were nice and all our hosts spoke only Spanish, but you can get by even if you don’t speak it. Most of the rooms have fridges, they provide towels and linen for you. Some casas also offer food, portions are always ginormous and delicious. They usually organize transportation for you and casas in next city. We went to Cuba without reserving any of the casas, but I would recommend maybe to reserve at least first night so that you don’t struggle with finding casa, especially in Havana.

Prices for these casas are between 20 – 25 CUC!


15 Comment

  1. Laura says: Reply

    Hej! Super post, nama bo v pomoč! Sta si casa-e rezervirala vnaprej ali vse sproti? Hvala za odgovor. Lp

  2. Laura says: Reply

    Ah šele zdaj prebrala zgoraj. Torej nista rezervirala niti prve noči na Kubi, se da brez težav dobiti prenočišče? Greva konec decembra, čez novo leto pa me skrbi da bo takrat najbrž kar zasedeno… 🙂 Hvala za kakršen koli napotek. Lp

    1. admin says: Reply

      Midva nisva nic rezervirala in sva imela tezavo v Havani dobit caso. V drugih mestih se niti ne tolko, ampak glede na to da gresta cez novo leto bi vama priporocala da ze kar zdaj rezervirata. V katere kraje pa gresta? 🙂

  3. Good post! I read your blog often and you always post excellent content. I posted this article on Facebook and my followers like it. Thanks for writing this!

    1. admin says: Reply

      Thank you! I’m happy you like it!

  4. Wow that’s a great tip! We keep telling people about immersive travel but in quite a lot of places opt to stay in a hotel which leaves the element of staying with a local unexplored. Thanks for sharing!

    1. admin says: Reply

      That’s true. It’s always great to stay with locals!

  5. I stayed in casas particulares in Havana and Trinidad about 12 years ago back in Fidels time. I was hoping you’d stayed in the ones I did but unfortunately not. This information is incredibly hard to get before arriving in Cuba, I have pinned this page in case I go there in the near future, I can organize it before arriving, thanks

    1. admin says: Reply

      Nice. I’m sure it was amazing when you were there, a bit different times for sure! Great, enjoy when you go there!

  6. Ami says: Reply

    Cuba has really opened up to visitors and a find a lot of people heading there. This post is sure to help them all. Is it true that you need to transact mostly in Cash there?

    1. admin says: Reply

      Yes, cash mostly and it can really be pain in the ass if you try to withdraw some money from your card.

  7. Ivy says: Reply

    I’ve seen lots of posts and pictures of Cuba lately and it looks absolutely gorgeous! All the colors and the vintage cars… pretty amazing. I’ll keep this post in mind if we ever need to stay in casas in Cuba!

    1. admin says: Reply

      Great! You should definitely go there as soon as possible! 😀

  8. We also stayed in casas particulares when we went to Cuba 4 years ago. I’ve also stayed in all-inclusive resorts but this made for a much more authentic experience.

    1. admin says: Reply

      Yes, it’s always so much better to stay with locals if you want to get the feeling of their lifestyle and get true Cuban experience!

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