Casa ParticularLiterally means Private House

Casa Particular

“Casa Particular” literally means "private house" but it started to be used to mean “private accommodation” in 1997, when the Cuban government allowed Cubans to rent out rooms in their houses or apartments to tourists, providing Cuban families with new sources of income. As any other type of accommodation in Cuba such as hotels, camping and motels are owned by the government, the term “Casa Particular” stated that this kind of paid lodging is privately operated.

A Casa Particular is basically a private family establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. In general this term also applies to full apartments and houses, rooms inside people's homes, mini-apartments or rooms with separate entrance (studio or efficiency type rooms).

casa particular

Casa Particular (Spanish for "private house") is a phrase meaning private accommodation or private homestays in Cuba, very similar to bed and breakfast.

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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.

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