Never stay at a Cubans Private Home
by Andy B
There are many legal casa particulars all over Cuba. Prices range from $15.00 cuc per night to $$35.00 cuc per night depending on location and how nice they are.
In Playa Giron you'll pay $50.00 cuc per night and this is because in Playa Giron they government tax on these casa particulars is very expensive. (FYI) There is a blue emblem on the front door of legal casa particulars for tourists. Some Cuban homes have the same emblem but it is red, this red emblem is for Cubans only who need a room to rent.
In Cuba most Cubans are very jealous when they see their neighbor hooked up with a tourist because it's like they won the lottery. My good friend was invited to stay at his girlfriends grandmothers house one night after a party. It is in the middle of nowhere. He agreed to stay because he was a little drunk and it was a good hour drive to his casa particular and getting dark.
Early the next morning about 6:00 am there was a knock on the door. The police and an Immigration person was there and took him into custody and to the police station. He had to pay a fine of $1,500.00 cuc and the owner of the home had to pay a fine of $1,500.00 pesos national, about $60.00 cuc. The tourist my friend paid both fines as the Cubans couldn't afford it.
Make sure you stay at a legal casa particular as the jealous neighbors will rat you out and you'll loose your passport until the fine is paid.
By the way this friend of mines girlfriend who seemed very sincere and nice, ripped him off for thousands, had a husband, got pregnant and told my friend it was his. The only problem was he couldn't have any children at all because of medical reasons.
BE CAREFUL - CUBANS ARE BORN AND BRED TO LIE !!