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Pre-booking accommodation in Cuba - is it necessary?

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1. Posted by hanaldinho (Full Member 20 posts) 1y

Hi

My husband and I are planning a 2-week holiday to Cuba in a couple of months - end of April/start of May for 2 weeks. We are from the UK. It's turning out to be more pricey than I was anticipating!!

We have managed to find some flights but struggling to find availability for hotels or some of the Casas Particulares advertised online. And the stuff that is available is more than we budgeted (£100 plus a night)

I wondered whether people could share their experience of just showing up in Cuba and booking a Casa when you are in the country - is this a bad idea, especially as it seems to be a peak time to go there?! I've booked accommodation when arriving in a place plenty of times when travelling other countries but I'm not sure how easy this is to do in Cuba and I can't seem to find consistent advice online.

Any thoughts/experience to share would be really appreciated

Many thanks
Hannah

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2422 posts) 1y

90% of the casas in Cuba have zero internet presence so the ones that do have a huge advantage for being booked in advance. Except under special circumstances you will have no problems booking casas on the spot, simply have your casa owner phone ahead and make arrangements, this is a very normal procedure.

£100 plus a night?! I think you're confused about the money exchange between Sterling and CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos.) The majority of casas cost between £17 - £24 per night. That's for the room, not per person. It's very affordable.

Money Exchange Rates here. (Like all things Cuban the website loads slowly.)

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Feb-2015, at 09:24 by CheersT ]

3. Posted by hanaldinho (Full Member 20 posts) 1y

Brilliant, thanks for the helpful response and advice - much appreciated :)