Casa Particular (Spanish for "private house") is a phrase meaning private accommodation or private homestays in Cuba, very similar to bed and breakfast.
Casas Particulares can be recognised by a small sign on the door, with two blue triangles ('roofs') against a white background, which the owners obtain after paying a fixed per-room annual tax.
The cost and quality of Casas Particulares are usually indicative of the accommodation type and type of services available. Most of the Casas Particulares are rented for short term to travellers. Long term accommodation is also provided by some casas. In Havana, the Casas Particulares are usually family apartments and a smaller number of them are houses. In other cities, private accommodation is provided mainly in family houses.
Types of Casas Particulares rentals:
- Private Room: A room, most of the time with a private bathroom. A key to the apartment/house is usually given to the guest.
- Private Room with independent entrance: Sometimes the house/apartment is split in order to allow this.
- Apartment: The privacy and independence of a full furnished apartment. Sometimes this apartment is part of a house, being split by a wall usually with a connecting door.
- Studio-type or mini-apartment: Single bedroom-kitchen-living-dining room and bathroom. Sometimes this apartment is part of house being split by a wall usually with a connecting door.
- Villa-type or Independent House: An independent property with several rooms such as a bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathroom. Some have other conveniences, such as a swimming pool.