Cuban casa holiday

“Choose between private transfer or hire car to travel around Cuba and stay overnight within local communities far from the typical tourist hot spots.”

Highlights

Old Havana | Viñales | UNESCO biosphere Las Terrazas | Cienfuegos | Trinidad | Varadero |

Description of Cuban casa holiday

Take a couple of weeks to really sway to the Latin American rhythm of the Caribbean as you travel overland and homestay in Cuba spending at least two nights at a range of different urban, rural and beachside locations.

A Cuba homestay is all about home cooking, cultural exchanges and finding out more about local family lifestyles with every casa particular offering a unique insight into just what it means to be part of one of the Caribbean’s most fascinating island nations.

En-suite guest bedrooms and your own front door key gives travellers a comfortable slice of freedom alongside the value for money that Cuba homestays offer, with hospitable local communities featuring further opportunities to unearth the real Cuba away from the tourist hordes.

From classic cars and peeling facades in Havana to rustic cigar and coffee plantations in Vinales and Las Terraz, this homestay in Cuba holiday has got the lot with a well-deserved beach break in Varadero, via time spent in Trinidad, definitely the ideal way to round off this exciting two week tour.

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Environment

This itinerary will have you staying in locally run casa particulares every step of the way. Similar to a guest house or bed and breakfast, this type of accommodation is owned and run by Cuban families, normally within their family home. There are often only a handful of rooms which lowers the impact on the local environment. This is particularly important in Las Terrazas due to its unique ecosystem. The casa here is actually located in nearby Soroa, thereby reducing the environmental impact on the Las Terrazas biosphere.

You'll also have plenty of opportunities to leave the vehicles behind you and explore the area in a different way. Ride a horse through the undulating hills of Vinales and walking to the hidden waterfalls of Las Terrazas. Afterall, travelling on foot is the most sustainable way to get around.

As you travel through Vinales and Las Terrazas you'll discover the local way of life and the art of tobacco and coffee production. You'll gain an understanding of the fine balance between turning a healthy profit and preserving the environment in these areas.

Meanwhile at our office in sunny Brighton we are keen recyclers and have worked hard towards closed-loop recycling. We buy our paper from the same people who recycle our used paper, making for a happier planet. Since we offer our staff a free healthy lunch every working day, we also collect all our food waste for composting so it doesn’t end up in landfill.

Community

By staying in Casa particulars throughout this itinerary you’re putting money directly into the pockets of the people who need it most. As there are only a handful of rooms in each casa, staying here also helps to reduce the impact tourism can have on the local culture.

As well as using local accommodation we also use local guides during all our excursions and only operate them privately or in small groups. Again, this helps to reduce the negative impact on the local culture. By employing local guides we’re helping to stimulate growth in these areas. For example in Las Terrazas many of the guides are former farmers, who since working as guides are not only protecting the environment but are also financially better off.

In Trinidad you'll discover the city by local bici-taxi with a local guide. This supports the local people at a grass-roots level and you'll discover a unique side to the city through his in-depth local knowledge.

We work with a local partner in Cuba who also believes in putting people first. They work together with several artists, dancers, and intellectuals in Cuba and stimulate cultural tourism by organizing workshops, tours and courses to promote Cuban culture.

16 Reviews of Cuban casa holiday

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Reviewed on 02 Feb 2019 by

Most memorable was driving around Havana in classic car & horse riding in Vinales...Great two weeks travelling around Cuba. It's definitely enough to see the variety this country is offering. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Feb 2019 by

It was all amazing. From the sites smells and sounds of Havana to the tranquil and beautiful beach resort of Caya Levisa. Seeing pygmy owls and fruit bats in a cave, horseback riding to the tobacco fields, the classic car rides... Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2018 by

We had an excellent holiday and so it is difficult to pick out was most memorable, but we did particularly enjoy the horse ride and visit to the tobacco fields and our stay on Cayo Levisa. But we also loved Havana and Trinidad. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2018 by

Having designed my own trip, the best aspect was the freedom to spent time doing things on a whim sitting around immersing myself in the less touristy aspects of Cuba, away from the bars and CD-touting bands, instead mixing with the least affluent of the society, meeting fascinating characters and enjoying the music made by people in their own front rooms and doorsteps. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2018 by

Horse riding through the tobacco fields in Vinales on Christmas Day was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2018 by

The best bit: The hosts of the Casas particulares Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2017 by

The friendliness of the Cuban people and how welcome we were made whether it was into a Casa, a restaurant or even asking directions Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2017 by

My entire trip was wonderful, especially meeting with and staying with Cuban people. I admire their self confidence and knowledge of so many things. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2017 by

We were entirely happy with everything. And we had a great holiday that enabled us not only to see some very beautiful places and relax, but also gain some insight into Cuba and meet very friendly people. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2017 by

Always the big smile that Cubans give to all us tourists which hides the poverty and hardships they all suffer beneath. So my most memorable moment is always the warm friendly greeting that they give you. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2017 by

staying in casa particulares, getting to know the Cuban people was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2017 by

Meeting the Cuban people at their Casa's was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2017 by

The most memorable moment was sleeping in the cabanaos at Banos del Rio San Juan and having the river entirely to ourselves for a morning swim. Having our hire car fixed at the roadside by some very friendly locals when we broke down some way off the tourist track. The driving and travel days became as much a part of the holiday as the tours and casas, I'm so glad we opted for self drive. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2017 by

I love staff I dealt with and the way they interacted with me to plan this trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2016 by

Hopping in a Coco taxi in Havana? Playing on stage with a band in Trinidad? Zooming down highways on a rented scooter? Haggling for tomatoes in the market in Cienfuegos? Dancing to reggaton in the Government-run CD shop with the assistants? Meeting a tree rat? Having a coffee with an 82-year old tobacco farmer in his farm? Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2016 by

Time in Havana was fantastic, the city is so vibrant and full of music on every corner. Another high point was going to the city/town of Trinidad which is amazing. Read full review

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