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21 Airbnb Experiences For Every Occassion

ICYMI, Airbnb has added a new feature called “Experiences,” where residents can now offer visitors their own take on the city they call home. From nature walks searching for sloths in Costa Rica, to Little Havana food immersion in Miami, Florida, there is an experience for everyone.

Out of the hundreds of experiences, here’s what we think would top your list.

1. Let’s start with the food.

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For $56, you can get someone to take you to the best of the best Cuban restaurants in Little Havana. You’ll go to a tropical fruit farmer’s market, cigar shop, proper café Cubano shop, a viejito domino game in Domino Park and finish it off with a hot plate of food at a traditional family restaurant.

2. Learn to make your own Mexican bread from a professional baker.

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You know how this ends: a feast of chocolate and vanilla conchas, hot chocolate and take home pastry molds and recipe cards. Yes, I will pay you $40 to make my own bread and then eat it. Teach a man to fish and all that.

3. Then experience todo del lucha libre in Mexico City for $50 per person.

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Learn the ins and outs of the art of lucha libre from a local, make your own mask and then head to the arena to watch it in action. Of course, Mexican beers and candies are included in the price.

4. Dive into a Mexican indigo dip dye workshop for $27.

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If you’re up for a quieter night, meet Anabel, a Mexican fashion designer with a fascination for Mexico’s natural indigo dyes. Walk away with a cotton scarf, bandana or canvas bag dyed with organic indigo. Yes, please.

5. Let’s go to Cuba and learn to roll Cuban cigars for $5.

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Your host is the fourth generation in his family owned and operated Cuban tobacco farm. You’ll see the full process of how to make an organic Cuban cigar, and then smoke it right on the spot!

6. Then go on a gay bar hopping tour of Havana.

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Passionate gay rights activists for 15 years, Yunior, Andres and Leandro will take you through Havana’s underground gay nightlife, out at Malecon & 23. Learn what it’s like to be gay in Cuba today. For $35, you get to support these activists, have a round of drinks and club entrance.

7. Watch how young Cubanos craft their own skateboards.

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Then, check out their DIY skatepark, grab some delicious lunch and continue onto an art gallery along Paseo del Prado. Plus, all your $50 will go to Cuba Skate, Inc., a non-profit that creates youth development programs across Cuba.

8. Watch some of Cuba’s greatest artists in action.

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Visit the Lolo workshop where the best Matanzas artists go to work. You’ll also get a hands-on intro to ceramics class and be able to make a small object with the artist, while supporting their work for $37.

9. Go on a farm tour of the Valley of Silence for $35.

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In western Cuba, there is a place called El Valle del Silencio. You’ll see what it’s like to run a family farm by learning about the coffee-making process, feeding the animals, ploughing the soil, harvesting crops and rolling and smoking a fresh cigar.

10. Explore Puerto Rico’s hidden natural water slides.

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Y’know, just casually hike with a local guide to a river where gold was extracted in the 1800s. After your swim, you’ll hike to the natural river jungle water slides where you can go cliff jumping or just relax in a natural hot spring tub. He deserves your $38 for letting you in on the magic.

11. Get dirty body rafting in Puerto Rico’s mountains.

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You literally meet in the San Juan mall and wind up body rafting to a river cave in the mountains of Puerto Rico. For just $95, you get a full day adventure complete with a lesson in making coquito, una bocadillo and a history of Taíno veneration for the water.

12. Take care of rescued manatees for a couple hours.

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Puerto Rico’s Manatee Conservation Center focuses on rescuing and rehabbing local manatees, researching the existing wild population and community outreach. One hundred percent of your $69 go towards the conservation, plus you also get to feed the manatees! #WorthyCause

13. When you’re done getting intimate with manatees, take a helicopter tour of Puerto Rico.

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For just $150, you can join a retired Puerto Rico Police Air Unit pilot to see Puerto Rico in all it’s glory. Be sure to ask about the history of it’s nature and culture when you’re en route.

14. Dale, we’re visiting Costa Rica’s urban sloths.

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For just $27 per person, you can expect a 2-3 hour tour of the University of Costa Rica’s bird species (more than 100), the Butterfly Garden and the small population of sloths located on campus just outside San José.

15. Take a casual dip in pristine Latin American waters.

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Guys, Costa Rica is one of the cheapest places to travel. For just $86 per person, you can experience a 6.5 hour hike into Rincon de la Vieja National Park to visit the country’s most active volcanoes. All topped off with a dip in the Oropendula Waterfall.

16. Then, finish your day horseback riding on the beach.

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Your Costa Rican host boasts of her horseback riding skills dating back to when she was just 8 years old. Just meet her at her Barn, meet your horse companion, and enjoy her private trail to one of the largest beach stretches in Central America, Esterillos Este for just $64 per person.

17. Once the sun goes down, enjoy a bioluminescent kayaking tour in Paquera Bay.

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Meet up with a marine biologist for a night kayaking tour of Paquera Bay, where the water is dark until you touch it. For a full hour, you’ll see how every paddle stroke leaves behind a swirl of bluish light for $38 per person.

18. Immerse yourself in the world of Frida Kahlo for $14.

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El Museo Frida Kahlo is just south of Cancún, and waiting for you to relive Frida Kahlo’s accident in an interactive room with mapping and immersive audio. You can read her own letters, and understand her childhood and death.

19. Hit São Paulo’s nightlife with a Portuguese actress for LGBT charity.

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Airbnb has “Social Impact” experiences that help raise money for needy charities. Fernanda is offering her time to explore São Paulo’s theatre scene along with a backstage tour of her own play. All for $111–for charity!

20. You can also take a tour of LGBTQ iconic bars in NYC for charity.

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Take a 3 hour guided tour right to where it all began: Stonewall Inn. Expect to take some shots and enjoy an intimate tour all around Manhattan, including Keith Haring’s studio, Elenaor Roosevelt’s NYC home and the firehouse that housed one of the first gay liberation underground meeting spaces.

21. But you don’t have to escape the country for some classical history.

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For $15, you can enjoy Los Angeles’ classical Latin music with Roberto Hermosillo and wonder how just two hands could create such beautiful sounds. Hit up your DTLA alley and enjoy.

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You Can Live Your ‘Fresh Prince’ Fantasy With An Airbnb Stay At The Actual Bel Air Mansion

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You Can Live Your ‘Fresh Prince’ Fantasy With An Airbnb Stay At The Actual Bel Air Mansion

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If you ever daydreamed about telling a cabbie, “Yo homes, to Bel-Air!” then your chance is finally here. Will Smith and Airbnb have teamed up to offer the actual Bel Air mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Once again, the vacation rental site has graced us with an Airbnb stay fit for the 90s kid in all of us. It wasn’t long ago that Airbnb offered up a stay at Barbie’s Malibu Dream House. There’s also a Hello Kitty apartment in Japan and the actual house from the series Twilight.

Of course, we should all still be doing our part to minimize the risk of Coronavirus and that’s why this Airbnb stay is only available to residents of Los Angeles county. But if you’re like me, all this time cooped up at home, under quarantine, following social distancing guidelines probably has you longing for some excuse – any excuse –  to leave the house. Well, now here’s the perfect excuse.

Will Smith and Airbnb team up to rent out the mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Yes, it’s true! Although it’s been 30 years since the show first hit the airwaves, the Bel Air mansion from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air is still a very real place – and it’s soon available to rent on Airbnb.

Starting on September 29, Airbnb will give you the chance to book a stay at the home in groups of up to two. The five available dates, which only cost $30 in honor of the show’s 30th anniversary, are October 2, 5, 8, 11, and 14.

And since they’ve partnered up with the ‘Fresh Prince’ himself, guests will have access to the wing of the house where Smith’s character called home, as well as to a poolside lounge area and dining room. Other perks include access to Will’s wardrobe and a virtual welcome by DJ Jazzy Jeff.

The only disclaimer: because of Covid-19, those lucky guests must prove residency in LA County and be able to prove they’re from the same household. Airbnb also states that the rental will be compliant with CDC rules and follow the enhanced cleaning protocol made by Airbnb as well.

These accommodations look hella fresh and are definitely Will Smith approved.

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Although Airbnb states that guests will have access to the wing of the property where Will Smith crashed, you obviously won’t be locked in the bedroom for the entire stay.

Here’s how Airbnb describes your once-in-a-lifetime stay: “It’s your crib for the night, so feel free to act like you own the place. My wing of the mansion includes my bedroom (great for naps), a full bathroom (great for spitting bars in the shower), pool area (great for dips), an outdoor lounge, and the dining room (great for eating obviously). And you gotta do it like my guy DJ Jazzy Jeff so don’t forget your sunglasses!”

Oh, and the best part: Will Smith is the host.

Your stay comes with all sorts of incredible perks!

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The mansion from every 90s kids dreams is still as fly as it ever was. Bold graffiti art, posh interiors, timeless family portraits, and Philly cheesesteaks served on silver platters will give visitors the full 90s glam experience. The listing adds that guests will be able to enjoy the following:

  • Lacing up a fresh pair of Air Jordans before shooting some b-ball in the bedroom. 
  • Spinning throwback classics all night on turntables just like DJ Jazzy Jeff’s. 
  • Donning a fly look from Will’s closet, from argyle prepster to all-star athlete and Bel-Air Athletics gear. 
  • Soaking up the sun poolside on luxe lounge chairs.
  • Being (virtually) welcomed to the mansion by none other than DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Those looking to book a night at the Banks home should note that the house rules follow local COVID-19 guidelines and rules. Airbnb also said visitors can also rest assured knowing that the king-size bed will be cleaned in protocol in accordance with CDC rules and consistent with the company’s enhanced cleaning measures.

This is not the first time Airbnb has offered the chance to stay in homes that take me back to my days as a kid. In 2019 you could stay at the Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse for just $60 a night, and later this month, residents in Deschutes County, Oregon, have the chance to spend the night at the last remaining Blockbuster video store.

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Mexico’s Beaches Are Still Full Of Crowds Celebrating Semana Santa Despite Calls For Social Distancing

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Mexico’s Beaches Are Still Full Of Crowds Celebrating Semana Santa Despite Calls For Social Distancing

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Although Mexico’s President has come under fire from much of the international community for his relaxed approach to confronting the Covid-19 crisis, many municipalities and states are taking an aggressive stance to halt the pandemic.

In fact, all of Mexico’s more than 6,000 miles of coastline have been closed. That means zero access to beaches – a major draw for millions of local and international tourists.

Officially, all of Mexico’s beaches are closed.

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Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell told a press conference on Thursday that the closure order applies to every beach in the country until the end of the national emergency on April 30.

“The order has been given. It obliges state and municipal authorities to take coherent measures and suspend tourist activity on beaches, be it international or local tourism,” he said.

Other states had already begun to close beaches earlier this week.

Those closures impacted some of the county’s most popular tourist attractions, including Baja California Sur, Baja California and Oaxaca, where local authorities closed down the country’s only nudist beach, Zipolite. Like beaches throughout Mexico, Zipolite is a big draw during the Semana Santa (Easter Week) vacation in April.

Authorities in Tamaulipas and Sonora had also begun to close beaches before the order, and Guerrero announced Wednesday that its beaches would be closed beginning Thursday.

“The state government makes this delicate decision in an unsatisfactory setting: we have had to choose between protecting life and suspending economic activity,” the state government said in a press release.

These authorities recognize that the economy – although it will be impacted – will recover.

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It said that the economy will always be recoverable as long as the human factor still exists and urged citizens to stay at home and practice other methods of social distancing.

But not everyone seems to have got the memo – as miles of beaches remained full of vacationers.

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Even though it’s been proven that social distancing is our greatest tool against the growing pandemic, some are choosing to ignore these guidelines. And as a result, their risking the health of millions.

Over the weekend, people decided to defy the government’s order to stay at home and instead enjoy a day out at the beach in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The newspaper Milenio reported that Playa Villa del Mar near the port city of Veracruz was packed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with both revelers and vendors offering products such as swimming suits, food and alcoholic beverages.

President López Obrador on Friday ruled out any possibility of implementing “draconian measures” such as a curfew to contain the spread of Covid-19, while he said two weeks ago that he wanted to avoid a complete shutdown of the economy because it would disproportionately hurt the poor.

As if people needed another reason to stay clear of beaches – other than you know, a global pandemic – wild animals are making a comeback in less populated areas.

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Videos have captured the animals in Quintana Roo, where the resorts of Cancun and Riviera Maya are located.

One video, which has been watched 120,000 times on Facebook, shows a huge crocodile swimming along a canal between balconies. The people filming express their shock at the animal as he swims past without stopping for the people watching him.

Another video captured a jaguar roaming the streets of Tulum. According to local media, the big cat was spotted near the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa.

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