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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.
The first time I went to Cuba I was really impressed by the beauty of this land and its uniqueness. Havana, in particular, is a mix cultures, sounds and timeless charm.
As you know, during my travel to Cuba, I always stay in my wife place in the south of Havana. But if you are visiting the city for the first time it’s better for you to know the best areas where you can get the best of the city during your short or long-term stay.
In this post you’ll find several useful information about how to book and apartment in Havana and all the things you should know about the best areas.
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HOW TO BOOK AN APARTMENT IN HAVANA: THE BEST AREAS.
If it’s your first time in Cuba and Havana, I always suggest my friends to stay in Old Havana. The reasons are simple:
You are close to all the main places to visit
You can easily move walking along the city
You can enjoy the most beautiful and charming part of the city.
That said, there are also several places in Old Havana, and I want to tell you the top places where you might want to stay. Below is a short list of the best places to where you can stay and book an apartment in Old Havana.
Plaza Vieja: It’s probably the most famous area of the city and it’s also a great place to hang out in order to enjoy the Cuban movida. You’ll find several places where you can eat and drink.
Calle Obispo: This is the main street of Old Havana. It starts from the famous Floridita, the favorite Hemingway’s place for a Diquiri, and it goes down till the amazing Plaza De Armas. A must place to visit!
Calle Mercaderes: This is an incredible street and amazing area of the city. It was the ancient street of shops and stores. You can find shops with spices and beautiful pieces of local art.
The three places above are to me the best places where you should stay during your visit to Havana. Of course, my tip is also to stay in a casa particular, where you can save money and enjoy the city as a local.
HOW TO BOOK AN APARTMENT IN HAVANA: WHERE YOU CAN FIND SOME BEAUTIFUL PLACES.
Now that you know where the most beautiful areas are, it’s time for you to discover where and how to book an apartment in Havana.
As you might no, AirBnB is now available in Cuba. This is a great news especially if you are American since, as of today, just americans can rent apartments via AirBnB. There are over 1,000 apartments available on AirBnB and you have a wide choices of houses and apartments.
Along the city there are several small and big hotels, most of them are really nice and charming. Consider that the average price for a nice hotel in one of the areas I have listed above is between $150 to $200 per night.With a casa particular you can cut the cost over the 50%.
It also depends on how many people you are. Most of the apartment you can find on this list are from 2 to 5 people. That’s why if you are traveling with more than two people you can save even more money renting an apartment instead of booking two separated hotel room.
All the apartment are usually with a fully equipped kitchen, but you will be out for lunch and dinner several times to enjoy the local kitchen 😉
Also, in Old Havana, there are no supermarkets yet, so it’s not easy to buy food in a grocery store, except for fruits and vegetable that you can find along the streets.
One of the first thing you’ll need when you arrive to Havana airport will be a transportation. When you’ll put your step out of the airport for the first time you’ll be hit by your first cuban experience: find a cab 🙂
You’ll have several people asking to drive you to your hotel or to the city. You can pick one of them (ask the price before), or you can BOOK A CAB before to leave. We can help you doing that. We usually ask our partners to wait at the airport with a signboard with the name of the person they have to wait.
I hope this post about how to book an apartment in Havana was helpful. If you need to have more information about Cuba I invite you to check out the home page of the blog and you’ll get several tips for your first travel to Cuba!
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.