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.

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Top 50 hostels in Cuba.

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

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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 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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Casa Adrian

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Casa Adrian

Casa Adrian is a new style blue and cream house with two-floors and private entrance. We have two terraces and a beautiful, green garden with a hammock to relax in under shady mango trees. Either it is possible to sit on the front balcony overlooking the street or on the rear terrace where the clien...
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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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Hostal Tere

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Hostal Tere

Hostal Tere is a comfortable apartment in the heart of Havana. Bedrooms include bathroom with cold and hot water and a fridge free supply of fresh water. In the common areas (dining room, living room and terrace), there is plenty space for guests and the service is available 24hs. You can smoke at t...
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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...
Hostal La Cascada is a guesthouse in Cienfuegos. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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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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El Farito

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El Farito

We count on several common areas where you will be able to enjoy the TV, leaning back to enjoy the breeze in hammocks, to savour the national cocktail bar drinks, but most of all with an ample terrace from which that is possible to rejoice with a gorgeous seen to the sea and to the Punta Las Colorad...
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Hostal Villa Colonial Frank y Arelys

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Hostal Villa Colonial Frank y Arelys

Hostal Villa Colonial Frank y Arelys is a colonial house of 1895 decorated in the style of the time, located 100 meters from the Central Plaza. With 6 large air-conditioned rooms with their interior bathroom in each one. Stay with family but with separate entrance, hall, 2 private rooms and dining r...
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Garcia Guesthouse

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Garcia Guesthouse

Garcia Guesthouse is a modern construction place, built in the 90s of the last century by our family. Since its construction has been used mainly for work with tourism and has been making changes and updates to improve our services. It consists of 2 levels the second one is totally used by the clien...
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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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Villa Pupi Y Emilio

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Villa Pupi Y Emilio

Villa Pupi Y Emilio is a typical apartment located in the Vinalero center, where familiarity is combined with a totally professional service. We also have a balcony with a majestic view of the mountain ideal for reading, have a coffee and a refreshing drink and so appease the heat of our Cuban after...
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Cienfuegos Casa Maricela

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Cienfuegos Casa Maricela

Cienfuegos Casa Maricela is located in a central, safe and quiet area of Cienfuegos, also known as La Perla del Sur. It is a private house very welcoming, bright, comfortable and ventilated, which stands out for its modern and sophisticated style right in the Historic Center of Cienfuegos, World Her...
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Casa La Cabana Obel & Yoly

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Casa La Cabana Obel & Yoly

In the cabins of Obel and Yoli you will find everything you need. It offers four private and independent rooms, comfortable, modern and cozy construction, where every detail was built especially thinking about the comfort of its guests. On this site you can enjoy the best food as your host will be a...
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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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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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Hostal Baby y Alfredo

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Hostal Baby y Alfredo

Located right in the city center of Cienfuegos, this beautiful colonial house dates from the early 19th century. It still keeps many of its original features including spacious rooms and high ceilings. Right on top, there is a comfortable terrace where you can relax and enjoy a great sunset in this...
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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 1930 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 Aurora

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Hostal Aurora

Hostal Aurora is in the second floor of 5 apartments building. It is a solid construction from 1956 and the building was property of the wealthy family Maspòn who used to live in the penthouse of the building. The apartment has a great view. It is wide, large, fresh and spacious. It counts with seve...
Hostal Aurora is a guesthouse in Havana. Check Hostelworld for prices.

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Hostal Casita

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Hostal Casita

Hostal Casita is a private colonial house, located in a quiet area of Santa Clara, a city rich in its traditions, which recalls its culture and history, preserves the traces of time and stands out for its unlimited security. , spacious and independent to the family, converge to a courtyard loaded wi...
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Hostal Javier y Katia

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Hostal Javier y Katia

Hostal Javier y Katia is a comfortable and friendly hostal in Santa Clara. The hostal has 5 rooms with air conditioning and private bathrooms, include a separate apartment with living room, kitchen, heated room, bathroom with hot water and centralized hot, independent terrace. The house is modern wi...
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Casa Colonial Mayra y Enrique

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Casa Colonial Mayra y Enrique

Casa Colonial Mayra y Enrique visitors from all over the world. Casa Colonial Mayra y Enrique is a friendly guesthouse which provide clean and comfortable accommodations for a reasonable price. We provide our guests with a cozy lodging and make efforts to have them enjoying the most pleasant moments...
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La Grotte R & E

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La Grotte R & E

Casa colonial built in 1930, located in one of the most central areas of the Cuban capital. This House consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, With good the comforts and privacy. We are located in one of the best residential districts of Havana (the blackouts won't be) and at the same time in the ce...
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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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Hostal Doña Ari

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Hostal Doña Ari

Hostal Doña Ari is located in the center of Santa Clara, just 50 meters from Parque Vidal. Our two large and airy terraces are a great attraction, where you can enjoy excellent views of the city, especially the central square, surrounded by buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries full of history...
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Hostal ha tu Vera

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Hostal ha tu Vera

Amanecer is a delightful neo-colonial house located in the dynamic and colourful city centre, in the old Historical town where the bustle is mixed with the musical rhythm that is part of the soul of the Cubans. There are many local bars, hotels, markets, theatres and museums of great interest. T...
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Hostal Casa Sol

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Hostal Casa Sol

Hostal Casa Sol offers a personalised care based on their needs, tastes and suggestions. We offer taxi services to and from the various terminals (Air, Bus and Rail). We also offer: laundry, parking, beauty services, massages, tourist recommendations, gastronomic services, such as the cocktail party...
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Jaquehavana

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Jaquehavana

Jaquehavana has a balcony to the street living room, kitchen, bathroom (cold and hot water) and the room. The client is offered breakfast in the morning if he / she so wishes, available at any time, in addition we offer the clients orientation to know the most important and famous places of the capi...
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Hostal Gloria 106

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Hostal Gloria 106

Hostal Gloria 106 is an apartment built in 1958, in good masonry state and badge. Located in a second floor, with wide stairway and of easy access, balconies in several rooms. Wide, ventilated and clear, with common and private spaces. We are characterised by familiarity and hospitality, we are a sm...
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Hostal Fiallo

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Hostal Fiallo

Hostal Fiallo is a spacious property near the amazing Playa Larga in Cuba. One of the best views in Cuba. The property has two great rooms with air conditioning and each room has its own living room and one fridge with different type of drinks. The house is built in wood, so you will feel near th...
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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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Yanara Fambyh Hostal

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Yanara Fambyh Hostal

Yanara Fambyh Hostal, located the historical center is close to Plaza de Santa Ana from where you will be able to see the sea and he city. Enjoy the days at the terrace tasting delicious Creole food or different cocktails. For the good ubication from Yanara Fambyh you can walk very easy the cit...
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Hostal Minerva y Rolando

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Hostal Minerva y Rolando

Hostal Minerva y Rolando has a colonial past like most houses in Trinidad, maintains several colonial codes, decorated with lots of vegetation so the client will feel in a cosy atmosphere, is well ventilated with windows from the bedrooms to our garden, we have a terrace where you can taste Cuban co...
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Hostal Haydee y Evelio

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Hostal Haydee y Evelio

SPECIAL OFFER: For bookings of 3 days or more, one hour of internet will be given free of charge from the Wifi of the house. Hostal Haydee y Evelio is a comfortable and quiet house in the second level two rooms, located in a quiet area. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a natural fruit cockta...
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Paraíso Gladisel

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Paraíso Gladisel

Paraíso Gladisel is an apartment built in 1950 with rooms available for rent with spaciousness and comfort to give the tourist the amenities you need. Towels and cleaning service are also included in the price. Pets, children and smokers are welcome. Paraíso Gladisel is located in the heart of Gu...
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Hostal la Campina

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Hostal la Campina

The Hostal La Campiña is a familiar house renting 3 quiet and comfortable rooms, is located just 30 minutes away from the most beautiful beaches of Cuba( Cayo Santa Maria). The house was built in 1816 with an elegant and spacious colonial style.The neighborhood is very quiet for what we consider an...
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Hostal Caribe

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Hostal Caribe

This house presents an eclectic style, its high red tiled roofs give the home an atmosphere of comfort and freshness, which allows the visitor to enjoy a time of relaxation and elegance.Comfort prevails in ornaments and furniture, and the wide-open spaces fill with ventilation and lighting to this c...
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Hostal Paradise

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Hostal Paradise

Hostal Paradise is located in Cienfuegos. This apartment provides air-conditioned accommodations with a terrace.The apartment has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with free toiletries and a hair dryer. The property is equipped with a kitchen with a dishwasher and oven.The apartment can conveniently provid...
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Hostal Aleida y Mario

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Hostal Aleida y Mario

Hostal Aleida y Mario located on the first floor of a family building of modern construction, consisting of a private room with bathroom and common areas that guests can use as they are, living room, and breakfast area on the first floor and two terraces, bar and gazebo in third and fourth floor of...
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Hostal Buena Vista

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Hostal Buena Vista

Hostal Buena Vista has a dorm available for our customers, it is located on a fifth floor, and the access is by an elevator. The room has four beds and privates’ kitchen and bathroom. Are included the sheets and towels, refrigerator, hot water, air conditioner/fan and Wi-Fi. In addition, the service...
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Casa Suarez

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Casa Suarez

The property has a bedroom, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, a living room and a balcony with a great view. It is an open and simple place best suitable for young travelers willing to experience Havana City like a local. The apartment is an inclusive and safe space for everyone eager to build a...
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Hostal Mozangel

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Hostal Mozangel

Hostal Mozangel offers you varied ways to enjoy the wonders of Viñales, 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 p...
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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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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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Milagros Diez

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Milagros Diez

The property around 200 m²occupies the whole ground floor of a building of four levels on a Centro Havana neighbourhood. The building was made ending the nineteen century but refurbished two times first on twenties of the past century and last time on forty decade. The house has five meters height,...
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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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Hostal Y & Y

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Hostal Y & Y

Hostal Y & Y is a beautiful family house in Trinidad. Thee air-conditioned rooms are rented, with spacious and comfortable beds, with a maximum capacity of 3 guests in each. In the patio of the house, you can enjoy the tasty meals offered by the hosts. There is Wi-Fi service inside the house. Yail,...
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Casa Zeila

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Casa Zeila

Casa Zeila is a comfortable, modern, safe and clean place to stay including balcony with plants and flowers. From balcony can see Malecon Habanero. Breakfast is served daily, extra-charge may applied, laundry services, parking service nearby, 24 hour reception, Air Conditioning, Balcony, Private ba...
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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 Particular Havana (Nohelia y Osmany)

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Casa Particular Havana (Nohelia y Osmany)

Casa Particular Havana (Nohelia y Osmany) is a friendly and comfortable guesthouse ideally located in Havana. The property offers large and comfortable rooms with balcony, living room and a private hall. Our home is located in a building modern, in 6to floor, with elevator. With view to the sea, the...
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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

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.

Celia 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.

Celia Rime

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