Cuba's Casas Particulares: 5 Reasons Why We Love Them

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 25-Jun-2018 16:48:59

If you’re looking to experience Cuba like a local, enjoying authentic adventures informed by insider knowledge, then you’ll want to book yourself into a casa particular (private homestay) ASAP. Cuba Direct has long been a champion of this kind of accommodation, recognising the many unique and immersive opportunities that they offer travellers as well as the positive impact they have on the ordinary Cuban families who run them. They offer excellent value; in fact 30 out of the Top 50 Best Value Hotels in Cuba are casas particulares according to the popular reviews website TripAdvisor. It comes as no surprise when you consider the casas’ enviable locations, authentic dining options and the wealth of tips and information the local hosts provide.

Here we outline just what a casa particular is and what makes them so special, giving our top 5 reasons why you should consider one for your Cuba holiday.

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Tags: casas particulares, casa particular, off the beaten cuba, where to stay, private homestay, ethical tourism, insider tips

5 Ways To Travel Cuba Like a Local

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 02-May-2018 10:31:51

Being half-Cuban and bilingual, I've had the distinct opportunity to experience Cuba both as a tourist and a local. Returning each year to visit family and friends,  I've travelled the island extensively and gotten to know her many facets and personalities. Each time, I come to the same conclusion: Cuba is not the kind of country you can experience superficially. You have to get down to the nitty-gritty. You have to seek out her realities. You have to immerse yourself. Otherwise, you're not doing justice to yourself or to her people. 

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Tags: recommendations, cuban food, casa particular, private homestay, where to go, insider tips

Where to Stay in Cuba: Our Favourite High-End Picks

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-Apr-2018 16:46:15

Looking for the five-star treatment on your next trip to Cuba? High-end boutique experiences were rarer than snow on the island during its post-revolution years but times have certainly changed (though we’re still waiting for a white Christmas!). These days, elegant colonial mansions are being transformed into boutique homestays and world-renowned luxury companies, such as Kempinski, are taking over iconic buildings.

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Tags: recommendations, hotels, hotel, all-inclusive, cayo, sea, beach holiday, casa particular, where to stay, twin-centre holiday, trinidad, havana, cuba, varadero, guardalavaca, beach, city, holiday offers, high-end, luxury holidays

Cuba with Kids: How to Make the Most of Your Trip

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 13-Feb-2018 11:23:35

Travelling with kids can feel daunting, particularly in places like Cuba where there are a lot of unknowns for first-time travellers. What most people don’t realise, is that Cuba is quite the family-friendly destination, especially since Cubans are so welcoming and kind to children. In fact, you’ll often find Cubans quoting their national hero and poet, Jose Marti, who famously said that “children are the hope of the world, because they truly know how to love”.

To help you get the most out of your family trip to Cuba, we’ve spoken to our Cuban travel specialists to get the ultimate advice and insider tips. 

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Tags: kids, travel hacks, tips, packing, casa particular, safety, family

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