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

Havana with Kids: 5 Must-Do's

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 03-May-2018 10:34:59

If you’re searching for a transformational family trip, one that encourages your children to immerse themselves into a new world, get creative and make memories, then Havana is your dreamed wonderland. While travelling with children to a country with no Disneyland, no SeaWorld, and no Cirque du Soleil may seem daunting, Cuba more than compensates for its lack of theme parks with immersive cultural, historical, and natural experiences. Cuba’s youngest visitors can admire fleets of vintage cars rolling the streets like a living museum, play on unspoilt beaches, and explore pirate-era forts. Read on for a list of unmissable experiences for travelling to Havana with children.

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Tags: travel ideas, holidays, family, child, children, insider tips, havana

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

Travelling to Cuba: Your Questions Answered

Posted by Maria Victoria O'Hana on 20-Apr-2018 11:17:12

First time travelling to Cuba? We've got all your questions answered with a guide on everything you need to know about visiting Cuba - from visas, insurance and currency, to WiFi, accommodation and packing tips! 

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Tags: cuba, faqs, insider tips, tips, advice, where to stay

Havana’s Top 10 Museums: From Well-Known Palaces to Quirky Collections

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 04-Apr-2018 13:59:02

When most people think of Cuba they think of classic cars, Che, beaches and maybe even cocktails. Few people think of museums. What they don’t know is that the nation’s capital, Havana, is a haven for culture-vultures, history fanatics and art aficionados.

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Tags: travel ideas, history, afro-cuba, santería, religion, exotic, hemingway, activities, child, where to go, checklist, kids, culture, insider tips

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