Cuba’s large network of casas particulares, traditional private home-stays run by local micro-entrepreneurs have been a popular choice for visitors for many years.
Airbnb estimates that 40 percent of their bookings are available in Havana, with the other 60 percent scattered around the country in cities including Matanzas, Cienfuegos and Santa Clara. The accommodations are only available for American travelers, for now. The company hopes to seek authorization to support non-U.S. travelers in the future.
It is important to note that all travelers are still required to fall under one of the 12 travel categories. The travel ban to Cuba is not entirely lifted, but it allows travelers to more easily obtain a visa, whereas before, Americans had to wait months for approval.