What is the food like?
Homecooked casa meals are some of the best you will find in Cuba – a country notorious for its otherwise rather grim cuisine. Breakfast will be fresh tropical fruit such as papaya or pineapple, along with bread, eggs and coffee, and sometimes cheese and guava jam. Main meals tend to be a choice of pork, chicken, fish or lobster – pretty much always accompanied by a simple salad, rice and black beans, plantain or cassava.
Are they suitable for families?
Casas are a great option for families, although have a chat with your vacation company to explain what sleeping arrangements are available. Older children can have their own twin or triple room, or it may be possible to share the parents’ room. For babies and toddlers, bringing your own travel cot may be preferable – again, you’ll need to discuss to find out what facilities are available, and to ensure your room will be large enough.
Are the casas particulares safe?
Staying a casa is as safe as staying in any hostel or guesthouse. The hosts are very dependent on this business, and will go out of their way to keep guests and their belongings out of harm’s way – even outside the casa. Some rooms may have safes, and every guest is required to register with their passport on arrival – this information is passed onto the immigration office.