Casa particular literally means “private home” in Spanish.
It is very similar to a bed and breakfast or a homestay, but casas in Cuba will provide a more in-depth experience of staying with a local family, eating homemade Cuban food, learning about the nation’s culture and history from real people, and possibly you may have a chance to smoke cigars or sip the rum with the host family.
There are plenty of nation-run hotels in Cuba that are often set in old colonial buildings and are quite nice as well, but they simply can’t compare to the experience of staying at a casa particular. The host family is always there to help you to explore the neighborhood, but you’re given a lot of privacy as well. You can chat with them or relax alone.
Most casas offer a high standard of accommodations in a convenient location at an affordable price, and we choose only casas with hosts we trust to provide good service.