We rented an Airbnb House in Havana

We rented an Airbnb house in Havana, Cuba.  During the time we planned on being in Havana, all the hotels were booked in the city, so  we used Airbnb.com – a website for people to book unique accommodations around the world. We found our a house in Vedado – an incredible Spanish stucco house near the Malecon.

Tourism is important for Cuba.  We, as Americans, may forget that the rest of the world has been visiting Cuba while we’ve been prohibited.

A picture of our beautiful Spanish Colonial flat. (That's my friend, Craig on the terrace)

A picture of our beautiful Spanish Colonial flat. (That’s my friend, Craig on the terrace)

The Airbnb house we chose included two maids and two security guards who took turns camping out on the main floor at the base of the steps leading up to our front door.  (Not sure what they were securing us from because Cuba is so safe!)  Although we never took advantage of it, breakfast was available for $5.00 per person.  All of the staff spoke very little English but we made due with my husband, Tracy’s high school Spanish.  It was fun to speak with them and hear about their daily lives as Cubans.  They were a great resource for our questions about different excursions too.  As more Americans enter Cuba, I suspect that their English will improve.

When searching for our place, we we’d narrowed it down to Vedado and Havana Vieja (Old Havana) on the Airbnb Cuba website.  We were lucky with our choice and loved being in an actual neighborhood – in Vedado.  We were near the Hotel Presidente. where we had breakfast one day, and the Hotel Nacionale where we bought our internet time and enjoyed mojitos on their legendary veranda.

We were a few blocks from the Malecon – the seawall the runs along Havana.

Stormy seas on a windy day along the Malecon.

Stormy seas on a windy day along the Malecon.

Roaming the neighborhood, we actually found the future coffee king of Havana serving what he called, “The Best Coffee in Cuba”  This was great Cuban coffee – 4 lattes for 65 cents!, We came back every day.

This gentleman dubbed his coffee, "The best coffee in Havana".

This gentleman dubbed his coffee, “The best coffee in Havana”.

While getting our morning coffee, we ran into Marta, one of our housekeepers

While getting our morning coffee, we ran into Marta, one of our housekeepers.  She was lovely.

We were near the Hotel Presidente. where we had breakfast one day, and the Hotel Nacional where we bought our internet time and enjoyed mojitos in their legendary bar surrounded by cigar paraphernalia and large posters highlighting famous visitors.

Tracy and I in front of one of the posters highlighting different decades of famous people who had visited the famous Hotel Nacional

Tracy and I stand in front of one of the posters highlighting different decades featuring famous people who had visited the  Hotel Nacional

Our Airbnb house in  Vedado, was an 8 dollar taxi ride away from the hustle and bustle of Havana Vieja just about 2 miles away.  Taxi cabs and these “helmut” cabs were readily available.  Vedado was a great home base for us.

We rode these a couple times into Old Havana. These seat three in the back.

We rode these a couple times into Old Havana. These seat three in the back.

Helmut taxi riding along the Malecon

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