Cuban hospitality

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Cuban hospitality

Photo by Ruth Stone/Contributor

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When visiting Cuba, tourists have two different options on where they would like to stay; a traditional hotel, which would be the obvious choice, or a “casa particular.” With Cuba being an impoverished country, why not get some real Cuban culture and explore what great wonders a “casa” can offer you? Casa particulars have only been existent since 1997, and since then, many people Cubans have renovated. Many natives running casas are great at giving out advice when it comes to places to eat, visit and explore. In this low-income state, why not help out families in need that are giving their hearts to have people from all around the world come to visit?

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  • Photo taken of a house with the blue casa particular sign indicating tourists are welcomed to stay here.

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  • Inside a casa particular. When you walk in, tourists check in, just like you would in a hotel.

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  • Tourists coming out of a casa particular in Central Havana around noon, going out and exploring what Havana has to offer.

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  • One of the main rental in a five-bedroom hostel. This is called the red room. Swans of different colors indicate this is also considered the honeymoon sweet.

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  • Red casas are hard to come by, but they are in more rural areas of downtown Havana. The red logo is only for Cubans who have residency and own their own cars. Very different from the typical blue casas.

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  • Casa particular sets up towels to store away for upcoming guests.

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  • Ray Jr. is was a very nice man, who was very open about talking about the process of starting his casa business, but he didn’t let anyone come take pictures. This was the closest I got to take pictures of his rental.

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  • Blue casas are very common to come around, but there are owners that pay more to have more of a broad attraction to their signs, to welcome tourists.

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  • Master bedroom of a casa in Havana.

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  • Two blocks from Hotel Presidente, there were several particulars, ready to be rented out.

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  • The most glamorous casa that was two blocks from the Malecón. Recently renovated, and painted yellow and white a little over two years ago.

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