Old Havana named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world

Havana is officially cool (though we don’t need a publication to confirm it), so cool that one of its neighbourhoods has been named the coolest. We’re talking about Old Havana, also commonly referred to as the old town or the…

How to get from Havana to Viñales – the best transport options

So, you’ve got your eyes set on a cosy casa particular in Viñales overlooking amazing Cuban countryside and basking in provincial glory. The only thing is you’re not really sure what is the best way to get there from Havana….

The low-down on Cuba’s confusing dual currency – how to use Cuban money during a holiday

What’s the deal with Cuban money and the island’s two circulating currencies? Should you use CUC or CUP? What’s the difference between the two? Why are both called Cuban pesos indistinctively when they are not the same and you can’t…

Varadero Josone Music Festival 2019 kicks off today (and the best Varadero casas to stay!)

Are you in Cuba now? Will you be in Varadero over the next four days? If not, this is where you need to be right now,  and you better be booking your casa particular in Varadero soon if you don´t…

Where to be in Cuba during August’s second-half and the casas particulares to stay at!

We don’t quite know how but we’re already halfway through August signalling that the end of summer is near. And that’s put us in the mood for an impromptu Cuba trip, especially if there are local events to add to the good…

The Cuban hip hop festival you cannot miss this month if staying in a Varadero casa particular

Potaje Festival, one of Cuba’s biggest urban music festivals kicks off tomorrow in Matanzas (home to the famous beach town of Varadero) and will bring six days and nights of non-stop singing and dancing with acts from 160 international performers….

Internet in a casa particular? Wi-Fi service expanded to reach casas particulares and private businesses in Cuba

Internet in Havana is getting bigger and better thanks to a previously announced expansion by state-owned telecommunications company, ETECSA, to reach private homes like casas particulares and private businesses, from restaurants (the so-called paladars) to cafés. Better and improved internet…

What to do in Havana this August? From street puppets to salsa festival frenzy, how to make the most of your stay in a Havana casa particular

Revealing how to make the most of your stay in a Havana casa particular this month is the aim of this post and we’ll start by introducing you to the first two hottest events of August 2019 in Havana’s calendar….

New York times echoes Cuban entrepreneurs’ woes while deeming Trump’s new measures useless and damaging to Cubans only

The latest move by Trump’s administration puts Cuban entrepreneurs like casa particular owners, street vendors, private Cuba taxi drivers and restauranteurs in checkmate.  Once again, the Republicans do it again, and once again it’s doomed to be an epic fail…

Casa particular owners in Cuba suffer another blow as tourism is expected to fall by 8.5% after Trump’s new travel restrictions

Cuba’s private economy sector, from casa particular owners to restauranteurs and independent shop owners, has been quick to express their disappointment and concern after the island’s tourism minister announced that they expect to close 2009 with 4.3 million visitors, down…