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Housing in Cuba

Official-Casa-Particular-Symbol-Cuba - se loger à cubaTo find a bed and breakfast in Cuba is doubtless the first concern which comes after having reserved its plane ticket. And it is extremely easy to find accommodation for a tourist in Cuba. At first there are hotels, as all around the world, and there guests houses. Hotel rooms are from 40 cuc whereas a chamber at the inhabitant is between 15 and 35 cuc, according to the season, the quality of the house and the region.

Chamber at the inhabitant

Guest houses or "casa particulares" allow to live at the inhabitant's. This solution of housing presents the advantage to open a contact with Cubans. We can find guest houses in houses or houses independent, often better placed than hotel rooms which are less numerous and often outside the village a lot.

How to book

We can generally reserve a room with a simple phone call or by email, without any advance, but the reservations of guests houses are still reliable because it happens that tourists, who reserved without money advance, do not come and the lodging-house keepers prefer to rent for one person who makes a commitment immediately or for longer. But in this case, when you appear they propose you generally another rent not necessarily less advantageous bur in a friend's house.

When you are on site "casa particulares" are easy to detect with their blue logo which guarantees that it was declared with the authorities. If you rent at an unofficial "casa particulare" you do not risk much but your lodging-house keeper risks a very big fine.

I read this evening an article on a site which on the pretext of bringing back summaries of journey made the advertising for hotels. Here is the comment which I left it:

"To travel in hotel is not an obligation. We find comfortable rooms, in casas particulares, sometimes more comfortable than hotels, which give you the possibility of travelling "vertically" in the heart of a culture and share your currencies directly to people who need it. I found in Mily's guest house much more than clean sheets and copious meals. There is at her home a banana plantation which lavishs its shade on the roof of tile which is worth all the air-conditioning of the world. By opening a little eyes we discover guavas, orange trees and birds fly. And when she brings you the coffee on the porch overhanging the valley of thousand-year-old Mogottes you feel as one of the Three Kings due to leave for a divine new arrival.
And when finally the rain comes the earth expresses all the red of its color where from spring the yellow, green and brown trunks where you can pick bananas by whole diets. Then the night comes without you had time to see the sun lying down in the curious rounded off mountains, olders than the American continent, and it is already the hour to go to dance at Polo Montanès.

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