Cuba Travel 101 – where to stay in Cuba

You are interested in traveling to the biggest Caribbean island? There are several things you need to know before traveling to Cuba. We collected some questions and answers about accommodation in Cuba to start your Cuban experience calmly.

1. What kind of accommodation can you book on Cuba?

Budget accommodations in Cuba are not classic “Hostels” in terms of shared rooms, and bunk beds. There are indeed certain classic hostels with classic hostel facilities, but just a very few ones. However, in Cuba you will stay most likely at a so-called “Casa particular”. This type of accommodation is the typical way for travelers to stay all around Cuba. Those houses (=casa) allow travelers to get in contact with locals, and to experience the Cuban life in an authentic way.

In a way you can compare “Casas Particulares” with a “bed and breakfast“. It simply means “Private House“, so you are booking a private room in a private house managed most of the time by a local family. Also the price can include breakfast, or even lunch and dinner. Just keep on eye on it when you check the Hostels’ Profile on Gomio.com to see the full offer of your hostel in Cuba.

Lunassa in Havana

2. What’s a typical Casa Particular?

Those private houses are typically managed by one Cuban family. Usually traveler stay at those houses for a short-term, meaning 2-6 days. But be aware that there are also hostels in Cuba which offer long-term stays. Very often those “Casas Particulares” offer a balcony, terrace or garden for their guests to enjoy their breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simple the delicious Cuban Coffee before exploring the destination.

3. Prices for accommodation in Cuba?

Prices for private houses/ Casas Particulares range usually from 8€ (16 US$) to 30€ (40US$). This is an average and may depend on the services the accommodation offers.

4. Why does Gomio talk about “Hostels in Cuba”?

Well, it’s fair enough to say that in Cuba you actually don’t have Hostels in the classic sense. Just a very few times they do offer shared rooms/ dorms, but private rooms are more common.

Gomio.com calls those properties “Cuban Style Hostels” in terms of the experience. We believe that hostels are more than just a facility like shared dorms. We believe the atmosphere, and the social experience at hostels defines the main part of a Hostel Travel Experience. At these “Casas Particulares” you can experience exactly the hostel life and atmosphere. You can get in contact with Cuban locals and other travelers, and engage in Cuban cultural life.

Therefore, Gomio.com calls those properties “Cuban Style Hostels”. Here you can find the “Best Hostels in Cuba“, we collected for you.

Foosball Table in Cuba, social games are very common and particpating appreciated

5. Why are there two currencies in Cuba?

Simple. One currency is the local currency for Cuban people (Cuban peso – CUP), the other one is the currency for travelers (Cuban convertible peso – CUC). The fixed exchange rate is 24 CUP to 1 CUC (sell) and 25 CUP to 1 CUC (buy).

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