6 Airbnbs In Cuba You Need To See
Cuba is officially open for business to U.S. travelers! From fiery Santiago to unique Havana, here are our top picks for the best places to stay in Cuba.
Amarillo B & B : $40/night
Home to Che Guevara’s bones and the best drag show in the whole of Cuba, Santa Clara makes for a stellar stopover. Operated by trip planner extraordinaire Saily of ViaHero, La Amarillo B&B makes for a great base for exploring this small but vital city. The decor is bohemian modernist - like the strange lovechild of Don Draper and Timothy Leary - and the hospitality legendary. The muddled mojitos upon arrival are the cherry on top of this being one of the best places to stay in Cuba.
Casa El Patio Andalu: $25/night
When in the gilded French-founded UNESCO World Heritage site of Cienfuegos you'll find this rambling home - run by a chef and flamenco dancer - is the place to stay in Cuba. With a riotous garden, ever-present guitar strumming, glass clinking and tapas passing you’ll be hard pressed to find a finer party or faster friends anywhere.
Casa Kiwi/El Jardin: $38/night
Organic breakfast, a hammock-heavy communal patio, epic beach sunsets and a hostess called Kiwi await at this family-style home a few minutes outside Trinidad. The house rules are love, joy and respect. The space is shared with a parrot named Cookie and a dog named Champ. Bikes and horses are available for hire, but what makes this one of the best places to stay in Cuba is the feeling of coming home to the Cuban family you never knew you had. ViaHero's Yash coordinates the booking for Kiwi’s casa and is a bonafide local expert and fount of Cuban knowledge.
Villa Caridad: $200/night
This gem, in one of Havana’s oldest and most prestigious neighborhoods, is downright opulent. Featuring a courtyard pool, outdoor bar, jellyfish chandeliers and a pair of 55’ Buick’s available for chauffeuring - it’s hands down one of the best places to stay in Cuba and well worth the splurge!
ARCOS DE CANASI
Bungalow MontECOrales, campo y mar: $60/night
The Canasi Cottage is only 45 minutes from Havana and one of the more off the beaten path places to stay in Cuba. A few hundred feet from the mouth of the river this rustic property is home to a natural stone swimming pool, woodfired oven, fruit trees and farm to table foraging. Fish, hike, sail, eat, drink, repeat. If you’re taking the Via Blanca from Havana to Arcos de Canasi make a detour to see the Hershey Gardens due south of Santa Cruz del Norte. The former property of chocolate heir Milton Hershey is gloriously overgrown and the perfect spot for a stroll, picnic or skinny dip.
Buena Vista: $34/night
Our vote for the best balcony in Santiago goes to this apartment, lovingly maintained by Japanese expat Satomi. The birthplace of Bacardi rum and salsa, Santiago is hot, filthy, beautiful chaos and this apartment offers a welcome respite from the madness. An ace in the kitchen, Satomi offers guests al fresco dinner served in the shadow of the cities staggering sunsets. If you’re into breathtaking views, you won’t find many better places to stay in Cuba.
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