At Airbnb, our vision is to create a world where you can belong anywhere—no matter who you are or how far you’ve traveled.
Today, we’re proud to welcome Cuba to the global Airbnb community. Starting this week, hosts in Cuba will list over 1,000 of their homes on Airbnb.
For the first time in decades, authorized U.S. travelers will have the chance to experience authentic Cuban hospitality at homes across the island.
Despite its proximity to the U.S., Cuba has been off limits to most Americans for over 50 years. Part of Cuba’s appeal to visitors is that it offers an experience unlike anything else.
Walk the streets of Havana and you’ll find countless examples of the warmth and unique spirit of the Cuban culture.
Hospitality isn’t a commodity in Havana—it’s a way of life. Cubans have been welcoming visitors into their homes for decades. Casas particulares—a network of private homestays—have been a popular choice for visitors, as well as an important source of income for thousands of Cuban families.
Because we’re building on the rich Cuban tradition of home sharing, we’re uniquely positioned to help Cubans reap the rewards of economic growth while preserving their unique culture. When Airbnb guests stay in local neighborhoods, they bring business to surrounding entrepreneurs—whether they be hosts, artists, or even ice cream shop owners.
Working together with our hosts in Cuba, we can make visitors feel like they belong—even in a place that seemed beyond reach for U.S. travelers just a few months ago.
Photo credit: Lisette Poole