Casa de Julita: Vedado

Julia, or Julita as she is called by friends, is from Camagüey province but she has spent most of her life in Havana. She’s lived in this house, located in a quiet, leafy Havana neighborhood called Vedado, for over 25 years, and has been renting her two rooms to foreign visitors for over a decade. In a way, Bridges Cuba began at Julita’s colonial casa — founder Brian Rogers lived in Julita’s home as a university student and has been visiting her ever since.

Julita’s business has helped sustain her and allowed her to support nephews and nieces in the countryside with school supplies and other necessities that are difficult to come by in rural Cuba. Without access to the internet, she has always depended on a loose network of clients and word of mouth, but she hoping to build more steady business in order to save up for some long overdue renovations and upgrades to her property. Her home is breezy and comfortable, and walking distance to many restaurants, historical sites, and the Malecón waterfront.

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The house has two rooms, each with a full bed, to accommodate groups of up to 4 people. Guest bedrooms have air conditioning, secure door locks, high ceilings, and antique furniture that dates to the years of the Cuban Republic. The bathroom has a hot water shower and is for guest use only. Julita only accepts one group at a time, so guests are never sharing the space with others.


Julita’s house is located Vedado, within walking distance to the Malecón seaside promenade, Colón Cemetery, the University of Havana, Plaza de la Revolución and the bustling district of La Rampa. La Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC), Miramar, and Old Havana are just a short taxi ride away.