Replies: 20 - Last Post: Oct 30, 2012 12:39 PM Last Post By: BeardoUK
Oct 26, 2012 8:44 PM
Oct 26, 2012 10:27 PM
1Rooms in casas particulares in la Havana start at 25 cuc/night, often including breakfast. What exactly do you mean by inexpensive? For your $25 you get your very own bathroom, hot water, aircon and possibly a little fridge. Not backpacking hostel rates, but fabulous value for money. Perhaps a little more info on how long you will be staying, where and how you are looking at spending you time in Havana, those kind of things - could help get you better answers than this.
Edited by: sayeh
Oct 26, 2012 10:43 PM
2..heaps of casa booking sites listed here regularly.
Very good starting point for 10/20CUP taxis here - maps or routes etc etc
Oct 27, 2012 12:41 AM
3Inexpensive usually means buying from the source and eliminating middlemen.
For this reason, its important you pursue your bookings using an agent based in Cuba and of Cuban origin. This reduces the previous "heaps" to less than a handful. If you can and it works for you, try to help Cubans such as http://pototocuba.com/Pototow/ as they are the grassroots base of budding Cuban entrepreneurs.
It's Cubans who make Cuba appealing and, the sooner they are running their whole travel industry the better.
Oct 27, 2012 1:18 AM
4Better to reduce all middlemen... book a casa for two days via the internet... walk around, find yourself a new casa, negotiate and you should be fine with 20 CUC a day and 2 or 3 CUC for breakfast. Cuban friens (including Pototo) are expensive as they all take their commission.
CUP taxi: Stand along road where many of them pass. Stretch out arm horizontally to make them stop and yell out landmark (f.e. Capitolio for Havana Veija or Copellia for Vedado). Driver says "si" or "vamos", get in. Driver says "no" or drives on... get another one.
Here's how to make Cuba Cheap
Oct 27, 2012 5:05 AM
Cuba Conga simplifies it to a fault since the 10 CUP taxis are fixed route - they run on major roads, bw major neighborhoods (eg Vedado-Miramar; Habana-La Lisa) and you hop in and out depending on where you're going.
This is important to know since now that private taxis can take foreigners, you may stop one, yell out a major landmark, and they'll take you right there (ie off the fixed route) and it will cost hundreds times more.
I detail all of this in my app, with major routes indicated.
Oct 27, 2012 5:06 AM
6Probably the cheapest way to go to Cuba is to a resort. You will pay more for a room, cabs, and food never mind what else you do for entertainment.
Oct 27, 2012 5:55 AM
7There exists some hostels (i think three in havana), where you can get a bed down to 10 cuc. Try to google it.
For travelling in havana use the collectivos (as mentioned before) or bus. The bus are more or less "free". Give the busdriver 5-10 cent of a CuC and he will be more than satisfied. If taking bus take notice that there is a great culture of giving away your seat to anyone who is disabled, elderly or pregnant. Unlike some other countries, where people don't care.
Oct 27, 2012 11:12 AM
8I believe the cheapest/ convenient general area as far as accommodation in Havana goes is Centro, as opposed to Havana Vieja or Vedado etc. I recall once staying in a place in Centro for 20 cuc a night, before heading east and returning for a final night in Havana, where I ended up in Vieja, paying 35 CUC for one night. That is a difference of 15 CUC in a 2 week span.
These 2 places were really just a few blocks apart, separated by Parque Central.
I have to say, though, that the place in Vieja was amazing. Grand old house that was very well renovated, with a nice roof etc. Good luck
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