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How to Book Airbnb in Cuba

Currently (January 2016), you can only book a casa particular through Airbnb from the USA (not even from Cuba itself). Payment has to be made with a US-based method as well. The process however, is not as simple as with any other places they offer listings in. In fact you're not really supposed to book there unless you're a "licensed US traveler", but you still can ;)

Here are some important tips after having to figure all this myself -- which would've been hard without writing/speaking Spanish, I recon. The truth is either in Spanish or English, the info. about this topic is extremely lacking out there... UNTIL NOW




In Cuba you can't just put your house up for Airbnb! Only government permitted bed-n-breakfast (arrendador divisa, see right figure) didn't help create a new market it Cuba like in other parts of the world, it just helps people in the US (for now) find these places without having to pay an expensive guide on-the-ground to plan the entire tri…