You are looking for hostels in Cuba? Good news, you have come to the right place.
On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Cuba hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Cuba.
We list every single hostel in Cuba and the world. In total, we have 17 cities in Cuba for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.
Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.
Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Cuba. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.
Old meets new, Cuba is a little bit of everything all rolled into one. It's a tantalizing destination that has been drawing in tourist for decades. Cuba is well known for is topical beaches with crystal clear waters and delicious cocktails. But don't be fooled. There is so much more to this topical paradise than just sipping Mojitos on a beach. The interior is equally as spectacular. There are fantastic hiking opportunities and beautiful waterfalls dotted all throughout the interior, but local favorites include Viñales and the Cienfuegos region.
Asides from outdoor activities, Cuba boasts some of the best and most beautiful architecture in the Caribbean. Havana's old colonial buildings are breathtaking but down south, Santiago de Cuba also has a lot to offer.
It may be an old cliche, but Havana (La Habana to the locals) is simply stunning. The old crumbling colonial architecture mixed with vintage cars and swinging night life is intoxicating. Don't be afraid to step out of old town and head to the western parts of the city for more of an authentic experience. In the western parts of Havana you will find the restaurants and hole in the wall places where the locals eat and drink, for a fraction of the price as in old town. The same can be said for accommodation. Hotels are centered within the old town, and there are also a couple of hostels emerging in Havana. Hostels in Havana are much cheap and generally good quality. Currently they tend to be centered in the western parts of Havana near Calle Hospital.
If you ever manage to drag yourself away from the gorgeous sites of Havana, you will find a multitude of smaller but still charming towns. Reaching other locations in Cuba is fairly easy and you have a few options. You can rent a car, which is by far the most expensive option, but probably your best option if you are traveling in a group. Or you can take a collective taxi or use the Viazul bus. Busses are generally reliable, depart regularly, and are comfortable.
Cienfuegos is another beautiful location in Cuba. Most travelers only stop here for a night or two. However if you wish to truly experience Cienfuegos, stay a little longer. The town of Cienfuegos can easily be explored on foot in a day or less, but beyond the town are beautiful beaches and hiking opportunities. All possible either on bike or with a collective taxi. Hostels and accommodations in Cienfuegos are only slightly cheaper than the ones in Havana and are located on the Main Street of Calle Prado.
Trinidad is another popular tourist destination, famed because of its pretty old town and lovely beaches. Hostels in Trinidad predominantly center around the Viazul bus station and can vary in price according to the quality. If you wander a little further from the main part of town, it is possible to find lower quality accommodation at cheaper rates.
Be aware that Cuba has a duel currency system that is tied to the US dollar. You will need CUC (convertible pesos) for larger purchase such as taxis and accommodation and the local currency CUP (money national) for smaller purchases such as food.
Hostels in Cuba all seem to have similar rates depending on the time of year you go. Cuba can be an expensive country, but if you travel wisely and stay in the right hostels and Casa Particulars and eat at local places you will see your cash go further.
Handwritten by local expert for Cuba hostels Chloe
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There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:
There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.
This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.
For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.
Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.
You can search for exacty hostel prices in Cuba here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.
If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.
We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.
Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.