There are a number of restaurants offering traditional Cuban meals, as well as some International options (e.g. Italian and Chinese). There are a number of restuarants and cafes situated along the river just below CasaCuba. Take-out options are available.
There are rental cars available if booked in advance, but it is generally not advised for tourists to rent a car in Cuba. If you are looking for occasional use of a car, we would recommend renting one with driver, to take you where you need to go. We can arrange this for you.
If you are looking to experinece "authentic" Cuba, you can live in the comfort of a private and spacious home, while being immersed in Cuban culture. Matanzas is largely untouched by tourism, and is known for its vibrant music, theatre and nightlife. It is conveniently located between Havana (1 hour, 10 mins) and Varadero (25 mins).
There are a number of stores in Matanzas where credit cards are now accepted (using PIN, not tap). Some bars/restaurants are happy to accept Canadian, American, Euros and Pounds Sterling. Taxis tend to prefer International currency. It is useful to have some Cuban Pesos available as well. You can withdaw Cuban Pesos from the local ATM machine, or simply have us arrange to have your money exchanged at the start of your trip. Note that Cuban Pesos cannot be exchanged back into another currency at the end of your trip, so it is best to only acquire as many Pesos as you think you will need (unless you are planning to return to Cuba).
You have probably heard that Cuba has some of the best beaches in the world. Varadero is one of these beaches and it is located approximately 25 minutes away from Matanzas by taxi. There are public beaches in the heart of downtown Varadero, so it's ideal for a daytrip to lounge on the beach, peruse the artisan markets and enjoy some local food. There is another lesser known beach (Playa El Mamey) used by locals. It is approximately 8km from CasaCuba. You can also take a short 10 min walk to the edge of the Bay of Matanzas, looking out to the ocean. It's not ideal for swimming but it makes for a lovely evening stroll.