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

Undiscovered Hotels: 10 of Cuba's Colonial Gems

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 06-Jun-2018 18:03:39

Like echoes of a bygone era, boutique hotels in Cuba are all about provincial warmth and historical charm. Compact and exclusive, each hotel featured on this list boasts less than 30 rooms (even as few as six!). Several are restored mansions from the 19th and early 20th centuries, featuring sunlit courtyards and high ceilings effortlessly combined with modern, top-of-the-line facilities. So take a break from all-inclusive resorts and step back in time with a stay in one of Cuba’s Unesco-listed cities’ historical treasures. Read on to discover our top 10 picks of lesser-known boutique hotels throughout Cuba.

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Tags: camaguey, off the beaten cuba, where to stay, Holguín, cienfuegos, matanzas, santiago de cuba, hotels, vinales, remedios, gibara, boutique hotels

Beyond the Guidebook: 10 Hidden Beaches in Cuba

Posted by Diana Rita Cabrera on 30-May-2018 16:15:59
A bucket list for Cuba almost always includes the famous beaches of Varadero, Cayo Santa María, Cayo Coco, or Guardalavaca. But there’s a handful of other truly unspoilt, off-the-radar sandy paradises, waiting to be discovered all over the island. Absent from most travel guides, and a long way off being ‘conquered’ by tourist busloads, the 10 beaches listed below are recommendations from our Travel Consultant Liam, an avid-traveller who loves to venture off the beaten path. He spent three years sating his wanderlust in Cuba and, on his travels, discovered these gems.
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Tags: Holguín, cienfuegos, travel ideas, santiago de cuba, beach holiday, off the beaten cuba, trinidad, beach, camaguey, vinales

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