Yes, it’s official! You can now book an apartment in Cuba on AirBnB anywhere in the world !
This is a great news for Cubans “cuentapropistas” looking to expand their hospitality business.
In fact, initially it was possible just to book apartments from the United States. So if you want to book your travel to Cuba on AirBnB, you can now do that anywhere in the world without any boundaries 🙂
Book an apartment in Cuba on AirBnB anywhere in the world
The news as been announced during the latest (and historic) visit of President Obama to Cuba. This new step of openness is just one of the recent changes involving the island.
During an entrepreneurial conference in Havana, Obama has outlined the interest of the USA in investing to grow the next generation of web entrepreneurs.
The US government plans to help the island in the technology development creating infrastructure and helping people connection to the internet and communicate with the rest of the world.
This is just one of the many revolutions happening now in the island. Since the tourism, especially from the USA, is booming many new casas particulares have opened their doors all over the island.
Many cubans have now the chance to generate a good income thanks to tourism and AirBnB is a valid help. So far the internet connection in Cuba is not that good.
The internet connection
During the last year many wi-fi hotspots have been activated all over Havana and you can now connect for $2 per hour. It’s pretty expensive for a Cuban but it’s a big improvement. In fact, just a few months ago, the only way possibile to connect was going to a hotel lobby and pay a crazy price of $10 cuc per hour.
Well, finally the relationship between USA and Cuba is recovering. For the first time after over 60 years USA and Cuba have started diplomatic relationship and new trade agreements.
Starting from July, new aerial routes and direct flights will be available and a lot of american tourists will be soon free to visit Cuba with no limitations. According to Forbes “..Ranging in price from $400-$500, except for the New York flights which are between $800-$900”
What is AirBnB
Among the American tech companies that are beginning a commercial relationship with Cuba there’s Netflix and AirBnB. AirBnB is a website where you can book private rooms or entire apartments. The company is one of the hottest startup in Silicon Valley and it’s today a billion dollar company. Actually it is evaluated over $10 billion!
You can literally book any kind of place (even tree houses) and anywhere in the world. The booking process is simple: you select your arrival, number of people, numbers of nights and you are done. The host will receive your request and will decide to approve or not your reservation.
It is very safe since each account is verified and AirBnB keeps the money as guarantee until you have successfully arrived in the place you have booked.
How you can book an apartment in Cuba with AirBnB
Well now you can finally book apartments in Cuba with Airbnb. This is something revolutionary first, because it’s a clear sign that the embargo is finally about to end, second because it opens a huge opportunity for Cubans to rent their casas particulares.
Many people are already confident with AirBnB and Americans will have now the chance to book beautiful and particular places paying less than an expensive stay in a hotel.
This is an example of a beautiful apartment you can book in Havana using AirBnB. -> SEE THE APARTMENT
If you need any info about the apartment or you want to book it please send me an email HERE.
I always stay in my wife’s apartment when I visit Cuba, but I have personally helped people book an apartment using AirBnB (the one above) several times without any issue. The best place to stay in Havana is the Old city.
I am an AirBnBafecionados and I have used it several times in the USA and Europe. Once you book your stay you can easily talk with the host and setup everything you need before your arrival.
Another good thing about AirBnB is also the relationship you can establish with the host. When I went to New York I stayed a month in a shared apartment and the owner became a good friend of mine.
A gift for you
If you are going to Cuba, and you want to book an apartment using Airbnb I have a good news for you . I am glad to offer you a promo-code you can use if it’s the first time you are using AirBnB. It gives you $25 discount on your first reservation.