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  • La Llave del Golfo: Past and Future in Santos Suárez

    La Llave del Golfo is the version of casa particular that feels much more toward the boutique hotel end, and it’s location in the dense geographic center of Havana, in the neighborhood of Santo Suárez, and makes staying there feel like the a secret discovery completely off the tourist radar. The property, which has remained […]

  • Casa Jesús y Gloria: Restored From Tiles to Techo

    Gloria and Jesús Castro (no relation to Fidel), are the owners of a second floor apartment on Calle Compostela in Old Havana with 5 bedrooms, high cielings, balconies, and antique Italian tiles. Jesús still works his day job at a state hardware store, but the couple spend much of their time dedicated to the business […]

  • Vedado Suite: The Making of Casa Julita

    Casa Julita, which bears the name of its current owner Julia Castañeda, sits on a quiet residential block in Vedado. In between telenovelas and phone conversations with relatives in Camagüey, Julia attends to her guests who hail from all over the world, communicating with simple phrases and hand signs, unless they have the ability to […]

  • Matanzas: Exploring History From the Margins

    There’s a saying that Matanzas is the Athens of Cuba, with its many generations of great literary and cultural minds. There is another saying that the city is the Venice of Cuba, because of it’s many rivers and subsequent bridges. So why does it get passed over so often by visitors to the island for […]

  • Inside 4 Havana Casas Particulares

    Havana’s hotel accommodations are expensive and have a mixed reputation, to put it mildly. The city’s casas particulares on the other hand — private rooms or full apartments rented by Cuban owner/hosts a la Airbnb — are reasonably priced, professionally managed, and come in all sorts of varieties of size, location and price. Staying in a casa is […]

  • Legal Travel: Things To Know Before Going to Cuba

    Whether you’re on a solo trip or headed to Cuba with a group of friends, there are lots of extra details that you need to know about before you go. Here’s a breakdown of the rules, regulations, and special considerations that you should know about when planning a trip to the ol’ Pearl of the Antilles. Your […]

  • Booking the Best Casas in Cuba

    As many who have been to Cuba will tell you, life on the island is best experienced through the lens of a casa particular, where you get a taste of life in Cuba with BnB style hospitality. Cubans have been renting rooms for two decades, and there are thousands of casas across the island in […]