Best Places for Backpackers in Cuba.

Enjoy backpacking around Cuba without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Cuba.

Top 50 hostels in Cuba.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Cuba.

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Hostal Ksaltos

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Hostal Ksaltos

Hostal Ksaltos is located in the center of the Historic Center of the City of Cienfuegos a few meters from all places of interest to visit, it has the third level (floor) only for the use of guests and consists of two rooms They have a double bed and a personal bed each, and amenities such as: cloth...
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Casa Yakelin

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Casa Yakelin

Casa Yakelin offers you varied offers to enjoy the wonders of Vinales, declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The hospitality and good service of this family will make you long to return to this wonderful place. They also offer different drinks and traditional drinks from the typical mojito, the pi...
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El Farito

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El Farito

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Confortable y Armonioso

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Confortable y Armonioso

Confortable y Armonioso is a comfortable and cozy apartment in Havana. The apartment is very bright and spacious with living room, dining room, kitchen, and a bedroom with private bathroom. All facilities and conditions for a pleasant, harmonious and comfortable stay (refrigerator, microwave, washin...
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Hostal Casa El Ceramista

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Hostal Casa El Ceramista

The hostel "El Ceramista" is a beautiful colonial house built in the 1940s. The house is located close to the square Carrillo in the same street as the Trinidad Cigar Factory. In a distance of just 600 meters you can find the historical center with all the main tourist points of interest. Upon your...
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Villa Las Arecas

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Villa Las Arecas

Villa Las Arecas is a central colonial house located in the village of Viñales just 3 blocks from the main square. We are a humble family, Creole, and Guajira that we want to share with you the natural beauties of our area. The Vinales Valley, its caves, rivers, mogotes, tobacco and coffee, but abov...
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Hostal La Española

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Hostal La Española

Hostal La Española is located in the heart of the city and offers 3 comfortable and well-equipped rooms in the second level besides two wonderful terraces where you will be able to enjoy a pleasant atmosphere. Hostal La Española is located in the heart of the city, in Trinidad downtown near the...
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Casa 24

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Casa 24

Casa 24 is a horizontal property on a 1st floor, it is divided in two, one part for the guests and another for the hosts, so that guests can have total privacy if they wish, but also have the possibility To count on us at any time. Our main purpose is to make your stay in Havana an unforgettable mem...
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Casa Tropical

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Casa Tropical

Casa Tropical is a friendly Casa Particular set in a charming colonial house in the downtown of Baracoa City. Casa Tropical is a typical Caribbean house offering all modern comfort for a great stay in Baracoa. Guests have access to living, garden and restaurant. Breakfast can be served upon request....
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Casa Pereira Beltran

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Casa Pereira Beltran

Casa Pereira Beltran is an independent apartment, located on the first level consists of a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom as well as terrace and garage. We are located only 15 minutes from the airport located in the municipality of Kolhy beach in front of the Hotel Kolhy and 10 min f...
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Hostal Chocoday

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Hostal Chocoday

Hostal Chocoday is a nice property that offers cold and hot water, 24 hours, mini bar, T.V, good ventilation, they are independent, both with balconies with view to the city. Hostal Chocoday is locate just to 300 meters of the historical section of the city, near the bus station.. It is als...
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Casa Alba

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Casa Alba

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Hostal La Cascada

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Hostal La Cascada

Hostal La Cascada is a house that offers three spacious private rooms with the possibility to host 9 people in total. The house offers a living room, kitchen, terrace where you can also do the laundry, beautiful open terrace in the inner court, shaded by a mango tree, guava, and a natural environmen...
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Hostal El Artista

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Hostal El Artista

Hostal El Artista offers well-equipped rooms close to all amenities. The decoration evokes the spirituality of the hosts: Pavel and Guido; artists nationally and internationally renowned and who have had a lifetime devoted to art and fashion. The paintings and sculptures that embellish the whole hou...
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Casa Angerona

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Casa Angerona

Casa Angerona is a modern apartment, Spanish style, whose entrance is courted by a comprehensive portal that will allow you to enjoy the tranquility you need, share with friends and family, as well as witness a beautiful sunrise, a sunset and a tropical night. Separate entrance, gives greater privac...
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Hostal El Laberinto de Duarveas

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Hostal El Laberinto de Duarveas

Hostal El Laberinto de Duarveas offers excellent location and accommodation in Remedios. Hostal El Laberinto de Duarveas offers central location in Remedios with easy access to all amenities. Our house is located in one of our town s main streets, very close to the downtown, only 130 meters from...
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Casa Reyes

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Casa Reyes

Casa Reyes offers well-equipped rooms in the heart of Bayamo. We are located in the historic center of Bayamo, in a modern house built in 1950 with rooms available for rent with spaciousness and comfort to give the tourist the amenities you need. The room has two individual beds, air conditio...
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Hostal Don Jose

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Hostal Don Jose

Hostal Don Jose is a comfortable guestehouse where the guests are treated like one of us. The dining Room is located one level below, but you also can enjoy our Cuban dishes. Everyone is very approachable and ready to share a piece of their lives. Please feel free to enjoy a nice drink on our terrac...
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Casa El Chino

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Casa El Chino

Casa El Chino offers private, comfortable and safe apartment. It also has two terraces ideal for sharing between groups of families and friends, overlooking the streets of Havana. All meeting the required quality standards. Located in a quiet and safe area of Havana, with easy access to the city...
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Hostal Snack/Bar Alba

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Hostal Snack/Bar Alba

Hostal Snack/Bar Alba is located in the centre of Moron and offers comfortable rooms in Moron, Havana. The hostal Snack/Bar Alba is located only 30 meters from the cultural center of La Trova and 500 meters from the Martí Park. We offer private rooms. The 2 double bedrooms are equipped with ai...
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Casa Vista al Mar

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Casa Vista al Mar

Casa Vista al Mar is ideally located in Cienfuegos, perfect for an unforgettable experience in Cuba. Casa Vista al Mar is a beautiful home situated beside the water with a wonderful view of the bay. The property is located in a touristic area. There is a terrace surrounded by coconut trees and hammo...
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Hostal Las Gemelas

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Hostal Las Gemelas

Hostal Las Gemelas is a colonial house, built in the French style and very well preserved. Our house has a very spacious room that guests can enjoy if they wish. It has 3 spacious rooms and a kitchen and dining room. In it, we live four adults who are at the service of our customers. We are centrall...
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Casa Juanita y Rafael

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Casa Juanita y Rafael

Casa Juanita y Rafael is located in the center of the city of Camaguey. Surrounded by traditional restaurants and shopping centers nearby. Casa Juanita y Rafael is located at the center historical of the city, near to the Cadeca and a whole range of places to eat and do shopping. We have a do...
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Hostal D´ Cordero

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Hostal D´ Cordero

The house has 5 comfortable rooms with high roofs. Room number 1 is set in a Venetian Style while room number 2 has an elegant Luis XVI furniture, both have old design bathrooms decorated with sea motifs. Room number 3 is decked out with pieces of furniture inspired in the 50s, it has a large restor...
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Hostal Justa

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Hostal Justa

Hostal Justa a house with 2 floors in Playa municipality. Very quite place to rest ,near to many places that makes your staying comfortable where you enjoy the room that we rent on the second floor with opened window with streets view with good ventilation and illumination.A shared sitting room and...
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Suite Florencia

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Suite Florencia

Suite Florencia is a colonial style house located in the heart of Santa Clara city. The house, built in 1940 was completely renovated in 2016. The entrance, a white marble staircase, bright windows, high ceilings, colorful original floors .. They will take you, from the first moment, to the excitem...
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Hostal Cienfueguera Costa Sureña

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Hostal Cienfueguera Costa Sureña

Hostal Cienfueguera Costa Sureña has three comfortable rooms with independent entrance, private bathroom and a beautiful terrace. We are in the middle between the historic centre of the city and the entrance of the Punta Gorda cast. You can walk to any tourist site of interest. We offer you the s...
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Papo’s House

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Papo’s House

Papo’s House is a family house locate on down town ,150 m from the beach where we rent three individual rooms , and, an apartment with too rooms ,the house has too terrace one of them on top and the other one back the yard where you can enjoyed ,reading books or just drinking something good ,the re...
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Hostal Red

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Hostal Red

Hostal Red has in the first level wide common spaces as receiver, living room, dining room, and terrace, back yard with natural plants, 1 room and 1 bathroom. In the second level, you will find the rent room with 1 bathroom, balcony and terrace. In their third level, there is a room, a bathroom and...
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Casa Lyosman y Yanin

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Casa Lyosman y Yanin

Casa Lyosman y Yanin is a beautiful Colonial house recently refurbished to accommodate tourists. Belonging to a young Cuban couple with two children, Casa Lyosman y Yanin is perfect for those who want to be fully immersed. The house offers all facilities expected for an unforgettable stay in Trinida...
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Hostal Malaika

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Hostal Malaika

Hostal Malaikai s clean, friendly, quiet, comfortable, very safe accommodation. We are located in the Historic Center of the city, in National Heritage zone, next to the House of Fidel Castro place where he lived moments of his childhood, in front of the Museum of Clandestinely. Just 5 minutes’ w...
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Hostal La Caridad

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Hostal La Caridad

Hostal La Caridad is situated in Santa Clara. Hostal La Caridad offers accommodations for 20 years. The house offers rooms with separate entrance, private bathroom, hot and cold water in the shower, air conditioning, TV, Mini Bar, covered terrace and a beautiful garden with chairs and table for gue...
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Hostal Mar y Tierra

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Hostal Mar y Tierra

Hostel Mar y Tierra is ideally located in Trinidad just 100 m from the central park and the Iberostar Trinidad hotel. The property offers a private room, with private bathroom, hot and cold water. There is a cozy terrace, perfect to enjoy the Cuban sun. Guests will enjoy nice views over the city, pe...
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Hostal Hyggelig

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Hostal Hyggelig

Hostal Hyggelig a hostel for the enjoyment and pleasure of guests. The hosts will try hard to make guests feel at home. Hyggelig is a word in Danish. Its literal translation would be something like 'to feel comfortable in a cozy place', but these words cannot, by any means, capture the essence of Hy...
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Riki

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Riki's Family Hostal

Riki's Family Hostal is a comfortable and well-equipped independent apartment in the heart of San Clara. We are available all the time to meet all your needs and concerns, as well as provide tourist information on places to visit in the city, coordinate taxis and trips. As a special offer we let you...
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Mabel

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Mabel's House

If you want to be surrounded by friendly and attentive people this is the place.That welcome travelers from all over the world we know what travelers need during their stay and we love to help and provide information about Cuba. We look forward to having you here. Mabel's House is close to the Na...
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Eva y Ernesto

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Eva y Ernesto

Aparthostal Eva & Ernesto is well-located in Santa Clara. You can rent comfortable rooms in which the retro environments and pop, rooms are interspersed with air conditioning and private bathrooms, 24 hour service hot and cold water, distinguishable by their deep cleaning, there is a living-dining r...
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Hostal Calleyro

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Hostal Calleyro

Hostal Calleyro is located in Trinidad downtown. The house has 1 comfortable and spacious air-conditioned bedroom for a maximum of 3 people with private bathroom and hot water 24/7. The house has living room, hall, indoor and outdoor recreation areas surrounded by lush vegetation. It has a beautiful...
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Casa Rene & Madelyn

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Casa Rene & Madelyn

Casa Rene & Madelyn is an apartment of modern construction, reinforced concrete, brick walls, floor of polished mosaics, wooden and glass windows, bathrooms and kitchen tiled, all newly refurnish, good natural light, very spacious. We are located in the ayesteran road (Calzada well known by all)...
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La Casa de Estrellas

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La Casa de Estrellas

La Casa de Estrellas is well-located in Havana, in the city centre 1 km away from the University of Havana and Revolution Square and 1.5 km from the cosmopolitan Avenue 23, Capitol and Malecon, where you can visit museums, restaurants, bars and cabarets....
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Hostal Camila y Merci

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Hostal Camila y Merci

Hostal Camila y Merci is an old colonial house in the district of Centro Havana, which has a balcony to the street Neptuno where you can enjoy the daily life of Cuba, spacious living room with table for table games, the shared room don maximum capacity of 6 people, ventilated with fans, shared bathr...
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Rent Room Sr Henry en Centro Habana

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Rent Room Sr Henry en Centro Habana

Rent Room Sr Henry en Centro Habana is a big, fresh, colonial style house it has an internal backyard, and offers security and comfort of ours guests. We are located in the heart of the city very close to the biggest shopping centre of Cuba, also near the bus stop and offer easy access to arrive...
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Hostal Cabriales

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Hostal Cabriales

Hostal Cabriales is a modern architecture. Freshly restored in 2015, the house has an elegant design that helps to feel very relax. The atmosphere is quiet, the house offers spacious rooms with views over the city. Guests can enjoy the terrace and take a nap. Breakfast can be served daily and tradit...
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Riki´s Hostal

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Riki´s Hostal

Riki´s Hostal consists of 3 independent rooms with its bath that includes cold and hot water with water hydropressor, we have a terrace with bar restaurant, where we give you Cuban tubic cups and cuisine, the house is located in the centre of the city with easy access to all places of interest, we a...
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Casa Xiomara

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Casa Xiomara

Casa Xiomara is large and ventilated. It has 5 bedrooms, four bathrooms, dining room, kitchen and patio. We also have a garage with no additional cost. We are located in one of the best residential districts of Havana and at the same time in the centre of the city; Street Masó, State of Cerro. It...
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Ana y Arley

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Ana y Arley

Apartment very private and independent of the main house. It is located at the end of the owners· house. There is a backyard between both houses with terrace where guests can take a sunbath and enjoying the natural air. The property is located in Santa Clara city between the Military Hospital an...
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Apartamento Centrico

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Apartamento Centrico

Apartamento Centrico has a construction based on the Spanish architecture of the first half of the 20th century, specifically in the year 1940.The building retains more than 85% of the original elements, such as marble staircase, wall cladding, the front, etc. This is a safe and clean place, with a...
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M’ Aloja

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M’ Aloja

At M’ Aloja the walls are of bricks, mosaics floors, wooden carpentry and epoch's ironworks. All of them are original from the 50s. M’ Aloja is located among the municipalities Plaza and Havana Vieja nearby the historic city called Casco Historico de la Ciudad. CERTIFICADO DE EXCELENCIA GANADOR...
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Casa Lilly

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Casa Lilly

Our property is located in Vedado, Havana's entertainment district, 500m from the Malecon. The sunny outdoor balcony in our guesthouse has breath-taking views of the city. Here you can enjoy our breakfast with organic products and the finest Cuban coffee. Breakfast is not included, extra-fee may be...
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Hostel Escaleras de Marian

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Hostel Escaleras de Marian

Hostel Escaleras de Marian is a friendly backpackers hostel in warm and beautiful Santa Clara. In the heart of the country, we offer a shared mixed dorm a less than 10 min walk from the centre of the city. In the centre of Santa Clara, a ten minute walk you can find the main square. Not far from...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Cuba.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Cuba.

If you're already planning to visit Cuba - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

a local’s guide to NZ’s capital city

Aunty Mena’s [167 Cuba St]- an affordable veggie restaurant that offers dishes from all across Asia that leave you full and satisfied

Viktoria

5: Coffee and Food

Now let me just put it out there and say that it would be impossible for me to tell you about all the best and favorite coffee joints, cafes, restaurants and food trucks in Wellington in this already jam packed posted. But I will let you in on a few of the gems that top my list. Wellington has to be one of the coffee capitals of the world (no seriously, CNN recently named us in the top 8 international coffee destinations) and nearly all cafes will serve you a good cuppa joe. However, Memphis Belle located on Dixon Street offer great coffee at even better prices. The Flight Coffee Hangar and Raglan Roast also get a special mention. If coffee is not your thing but a creamy hot chocolate is more to your palate, then hit up Scopa on Cuba Street for creamy, rich decadence. Oh and the food there is exquisite also. Duke Carvell’s gets a special mention here too. For food I’ll just quickly list the best of the best. Snickers milkshakes at Fidels Café, Fine dining at Logan Brown, The best brunch in town at Prefab Café, Sharing plates at Matterhorn, Cocktails and deserts at The Library.

Kate Shepherd

Cafés and bars

Wellington is well known for having an abundance of cafés and you definitely won’t be stuck for somewhere to get a good coffee – it’s difficult to walk down a street without seeing a café or two! A couple of my personal favourites include the very friendly Aro Café on Aro Street and the Enigma Café on Courtenay Place (mainly for their yummy cakes and desserts!) which is open well into the evening. There are also plenty of bars in the city, predominantly around Courtenay Place and Cuba Street. There is a wide range to suit all tastes, from the loud party bars such as Electric Avenue, to craft beer pubs such as Little Beer Quarter and more sophisticated cocktail bars like the Library.

Fliss Tournant

The Lesser Known Side of Cuba

The Lesser Known Side of Cuba: A Trip to Marea Del Portillo Ever heard of a place called Marea Del Portillo?

Krys A.

CUBA and the hunt for black market lobster

Over the years I would Revel in my friends adventures in Cuba. They would rave about the people, the beaches, the music and the rich Cubano culture. I indulged in their stories of salsa parties, music festivals, and roaming the streets full of vintage Chevys and Art Deco architecture. But what they failed to include in their review was what I found to be the most interesting about the country. Communism.

Ali Swidler

The Lesser Known Side of Cuba

The Lesser Known Side of Cuba: A Trip to Marea Del Portillo Ever heard of a place called Marea Del Portillo?

Krys A.

Jazz, cigars and rock climbing: Welcome to Cuba

I can still hear myself shouting in the mexican streets of Merida: “We are going to Cuba!” My friend and I had booked a last minute flight, we were going to spend one week in Cuba only a few days later. My heart was beating way too fast. I actually didn’t know it could beat so quickly. Oh Lord, we are going to Cuba, and I haven’t got a clue about this country, except that they have excellent jazz musicians (and non jazz too), salsa dancing, the best cigars and the best rum. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Free education, free medical care and not so much liberty of expression. That’s it. Luckily we’ve met many travelers who had just came back from the Pearl of the Antilles, and they gave us precious advices. I am now passing the good word to you, with my personal experience in addition.

Chela Libertad Rime

Havana in one day

“La Isla Grande” as they call it, located only a few miles away from Florida, Cuba lives on a time and space of its own! A great trip to Cuba starts for sure from its famous capital: Havana! Right in the moment you step out from your plane, you will feel a special air that for sure you’ll miss once back home. Havana is the larger city of the island and has many different neighbors or “Barrios” as called in Spanish, which all worth a visit! The very heart of the city is the famous Havana Vieja, where the narrow streets, the cafes, and the music spreading out from every corner make sure you have really arrived in Cuba! Havana Vieja is also the neighbor which has been restored the most in the recent years, so a lot of the buildings facades shine in bright colors, especially the ones in the main squares.

Guendalina Stabile 🌍✈️

Travelling in Cuba

Cuba is becoming a more and more popular destination for tourists and travellers (turista libre as a local called me, for staying in Casas instead of resorts). While there are a few beach resort towns with the biggest being Varadero, Cuba is an amazing country with so much more to explore.

Spottedeagleray

8 Things You Must Experience On Cuba Right Away.

Cuba has been like a sleeping beauty these past 60 years. Time stopped and preserved bits and pieces of untold past, that make our visits to this island unforgettable. But the charm has been lifted, which means more and more tourists and capitalists will turn their heads in its direction. Parts that made Cuba special will slowly fade away into history, so if you want to visit it, now is the time. Experience the true Cuban culture with these 8 adventures.

Anamarija Rok

Workaway- volunteering in business’s or home stays in exchange for food and accomodation  

This is an excellent way to support travel. It is organised through websites where you can view what hosts are in a certain area and what they are offering. You then email them to inquire about volunteering. If accepted, you will then negotiate hours with your host. It will usually be 3-5 hours a day and in exchange you will get accommodation and possibly food provided. It is a fun way to meet locals and have new experiences. One of my hosts owned a scuba resort that was a 4 hour boat ride from civilisations. I had no wifi or television for a month. It was great! You will also negotiate with your host how long you will stay there. It can be anywhere from a few days to months.

Jess Boyd

How to turn the Travelling Dream into a Reality

Preparing Yourself So now with your hard work and smart budget, you’re quickly on your way to achieving a bank account that’s ready for an adventure. However you, yourself still aren’t! Make sure you do your research on the location you’re heading to. Will you need any vaccinations? Is there any places you should avoid to stay safe? Planning on climbing a mountain or going scuba diving? (Or didn’t even think of it but now you want to?) Check if you’ll need to bring your own special gear, do any courses or practice anything before leaving! What’s the local language? Will you need to learn a little to get by? What’s the local currency? Keep an eye on the best time to exchange! Short trip? Make sure you find out as much about your destination as possible so you can fully take advantage of your time there. You don’t want to arrive back home disappointed for missing out on something. (Don’t worry if you do, it’s just an excuse to go back!) Long Trip? Make sure you’re fully equipped with everything you need to take on your big adventure and roughly know what you’re up against. What style of travelling do you want to do? Are you going to be a back-packer or a suitcase roller? Either way figure out what you need to bring and try your best to pack light for optimal comfort! Remember, you can always buy things when you arrive. You’ve Made It! Wow! Suddenly that dream destination isn’t looking so foggy. You’re saving, you’re working hard and you know what you need to get done to make it all happen. It’s real and it’s possible. Congratulations, your travelling dream is now a reality and you will be on that plane before you know it!

Ayla Itxaso

What about the weather

Well, this is the downside of choosing such a tropical location, the tropical weather, of course. Don’t misunderstand me, when the sun comes out, the beach is incredible: getting tanned, swimming in the ocean, scuba diving, etc. The problem is when it rains, and it rains a lot. So although there are many places to visit, you will most likely miss visiting many of them, that was what happened to me, so make sure that you seize the sunny days and that you do as many activities as you can. However don’t panic, there are lots of other activities that you can do. I remember we played pool in the hostel and also cards, and it was a great opportunity to get to know people and spend time with my friends. We enjoyed every day whether it rained or not. Another recommendation: If you are a girl take your hair straightener, humidity is hair’s worst enemy!

Delfi Maggi

All sides of Trinidad Cuba

Trinidad is an adorable little city in the Cuban south coast. It’s a lot smaller than Havana but it has similar colourful architecture. The houses are not so high though and that gives the town a more genuine Caribbean feeling. You can see the whole town on foot, all the little squares and street vendors. The main attraction here is the music. Live music throughout the day on some random street corner and every evening at Casa de la musica. It’s an open bar with a stage of salsa musicians and a dance floor where the old Cuban charmers show their talent to the audience. You can join the party or just watch, sitting on a theatre-like stairs and wish you knew how to salsa.

Boni

Havana- The city of colors & rum

Cuba is always the answer if you’re looking to explore a new side of the Caribbean or maybe you would like to go years back in time!  We have all heard about the capital, Havana  or how the Latin Americans call it ‘La Habana’. The city of old cars, where nothing is taken for granted, where people assume less and where life has another meaning.  Cubans themselves refer to their country, the place where fertile land is still very abundant.

Abigail Barbara

8 Things You Must Experience On Cuba Right Away.

Cuba has been like a sleeping beauty these past 60 years. Time stopped and preserved bits and pieces of untold past, that make our visits to this island unforgettable. But the charm has been lifted, which means more and more tourists and capitalists will turn their heads in its direction. Parts that made Cuba special will slowly fade away into history, so if you want to visit it, now is the time. Experience the true Cuban culture with these 8 adventures.

Anamarija Rok

Havana in one day

“La Isla Grande” as they call it, located only a few miles away from Florida, Cuba lives on a time and space of its own! A great trip to Cuba starts for sure from its famous capital: Havana! Right in the moment you step out from your plane, you will feel a special air that for sure you’ll miss once back home. Havana is the larger city of the island and has many different neighbors or “Barrios” as called in Spanish, which all worth a visit! The very heart of the city is the famous Havana Vieja, where the narrow streets, the cafes, and the music spreading out from every corner make sure you have really arrived in Cuba! Havana Vieja is also the neighbor which has been restored the most in the recent years, so a lot of the buildings facades shine in bright colors, especially the ones in the main squares.

Guendalina Stabile 🌍✈️

Travelling in Cuba

Cuba is becoming a more and more popular destination for tourists and travellers (turista libre as a local called me, for staying in Casas instead of resorts). While there are a few beach resort towns with the biggest being Varadero, Cuba is an amazing country with so much more to explore.

Spottedeagleray

CUBA and the hunt for black market lobster

Over the years I would Revel in my friends adventures in Cuba. They would rave about the people, the beaches, the music and the rich Cubano culture. I indulged in their stories of salsa parties, music festivals, and roaming the streets full of vintage Chevys and Art Deco architecture. But what they failed to include in their review was what I found to be the most interesting about the country. Communism.

Ali Swidler

Jazz, cigars and rock climbing: Welcome to Cuba

I can still hear myself shouting in the mexican streets of Merida: “We are going to Cuba!” My friend and I had booked a last minute flight, we were going to spend one week in Cuba only a few days later. My heart was beating way too fast. I actually didn’t know it could beat so quickly. Oh Lord, we are going to Cuba, and I haven’t got a clue about this country, except that they have excellent jazz musicians (and non jazz too), salsa dancing, the best cigars and the best rum. Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Free education, free medical care and not so much liberty of expression. That’s it. Luckily we’ve met many travelers who had just came back from the Pearl of the Antilles, and they gave us precious advices. I am now passing the good word to you, with my personal experience in addition.

Chela Libertad Rime

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