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Miami Airbnbs To Keep You Cozy While You Avoid Your Family During the Holidays

If it hasn’t already started happening, pretty soon the nagging about buying your plane tickets back home to Miami will be cada hora, at the top of the hour. If you’re like me and you love your thriving, absurd, no-place-like-home Puerto Rican and Cuban family in Miami but you also just learned about self-care, there is a middle ground. Tell your Mami you’re coming home so she can stop lighting all the candles in the house and book an Airbnb. Check out these places to hide away while visiting family if you need a moment to breathe.

Treehouse Canopy Room: Permaculture Farm | $65 per night

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Is your family time so crazy that you need to be one with nature to relax? Hang in the Florida canopy in Little Haiti with fresh produce, eggs, and honey on hand. When your family is driving you loco, you can feed some goats and rent a kayak.

Relaxing Cottage in Coconut Grove | $90 per night

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Treat yourself to a place of solitude in Coconut Grove. The guest house shares a pool, waterfall and koi pond with the family in residence. Find your zen.

Charming Cottage Great Location Close to Center | $77 per night

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Stay local to Little Havana and away from the MAGA familia by supporting Ines, who says it like it is: “Together we will not build walls but a magnificent future for our children and future generations.”

CHARMING STUDIO @ THE BEACH | $79 per night

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You know when you make your mami promise you que nos vamos a la playa and then you never do? Make it your home base.

New 15th Floor Beachfront 180º Oceanview Apartment | $49 per night

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Always wanted to experience living inside a modern minimalist Instagram aesthetic? This is a super cheap way to do it within walking distance of Miami Beach. That’s right. You can see the beach from here.

New Artistic & gorgeous cottage with private yard | $79 per night

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Artists, escuchen. This loft is full of supplies for crafting and is used as a studio when desocupado. Plus, there’s an avocado tree in the backyard.

Amazing Penthouse with private pool stunning view | $2,500 per night

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Maybe you’re Cardi B. Maybe you’ll enjoy seeing this to know how the other side lives. Rent this 5,600 sq foot two-story penthouse with 7 bedrooms, sauna, private gym, and indoor pool. Invite me. K, thanks.

Centrally located resort style Miami home | $269 per night

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You might have to go in on this with your primos, but it’ll be worth it. The 3-bedroom home is built around the pool, meaning rest and relaxation takes center stage.

Oasis Pool Home in the heart of Miami | $200 per night

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If you think that pool is insane, wait until you see the rest of this Balinese style home. Located in the heart of Coconut Grove, the place is big enough for you to invite your favorite cousins.

Beautiful Poolside Studio, Heart of Miami | $72 per night

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OK, so that whole casa Azul is not yours, but you get the guest house which has access to that glorious pool. This is perfect if you want to stay close to the family in Little Havana, but have some separation.

Amazing Brickell Bay Penthouse | $99 per night

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Embody the mental state of “everyone is beneath me” this holiday season by staying in this modern, luxurious penthouse. If your people play their cards right, they may get access to the two pools, gym and spa you’ll have available to you.

Ocean Drive Luxury Beachfront Studio. Ocean View Pool | $104 per night

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We’re here for the bathtub. Also the status symbol of staying at Congress Hotel in South Beach. Chill on the rooftop by the pool, overlooking the ocean and then soak in your majestic tub after. Tell your family you’re staying with friends.

Gorgeous & Spacious Mid Miami Beach | $80 per night

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Hurry up! Sandra is booking up fast. Probably because of its tasteful ambience located right across from the boardwalk, its private pool and nearby beach available at all times.

Beachy Chic South Beach Studio Apt | $40 per night

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Mis amigos desperados. You’re not looking for a vacay. You’re on a budget and investing in your mental sanity. You canasta in South Beach for $40. ‘Nuff Said.

Cottage Oasis on the Miami River Circa 1936 | $45 per night

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This modern, little loft is on the Miami River and has a plunge pool right outside. You can also rent a long list of Porsche’s during your stay from the very same Luis.

Large Trendy 2 Bedroom in Arts District with Views | $100 per night

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Step out of Hialeah and step into Miami’s Arts District with panoramic views of Biscayne Bay. This is where the after party happens after the abuelas say their prayers to Saint Anthony for your soul lost to la fiesta.

Bayfront 5-Star Luxury Hotel-Water View Studio | $104 per night

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This view alone is worth the dinero, but add the free beach cruiser, ocean kayaks and SUP boards, gym, yoga and Go Pro rental and you’ve invested in a Flamingo Park experience with just a taste of luchando over Longana.

Little Havana: Spacious Cottage with Beach Gear! | $79 per night

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Stay in Little Havana but feel like you’re staying in the whitest of clouds. Walk outside and you’ve got Cuban Cafés, cigar shops, and Calle Ocho to keep you company (if your family ever leaves you alone).

*TROPICAL DECO APARTMENT – Steps From The Beach* | $29 per night

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Maybe you love your family? Maybe you want to return to your Miami roots for a minute. This 6 month rental is affordable, in the heart of the Art Deco district and five minute walk from the beach. Check out all those Miami sites you never did growing up. Disfrute.

30’ Sailboat, with kitchen | $76 per night

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OR—plan your getaway in advance by renting this sailboat. JK—you’ll have to organize day trips with Alejandro, but in the meantime, you can enjoy the solar panel operated modern luxuries with a classic sea breeze.


READ: 21 Insane Miami Airbnbs To Vacation In Forever

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Mexico City Is The Latest City To Fall Victim To Airbnb’s Gentrification

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Mexico City Is The Latest City To Fall Victim To Airbnb’s Gentrification

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When we think about Airbnb, we usually think about holidays. Who hasn’t used an Airbnb? Or, at least, who hasn’t at least thought about using an Airbnb? After all, there are so many benefits to booking an Airbnb: you can reserve a spot that suits you – all through an app – and you can directly communicate directly with the owner of your temporary home. Heck, you can even opt in to living with said owner, and getting to know the real niche, hidden gems of a new location. The fact that your feedback on the accuracy of their listing hangs over their head means that Airbnb owners generally have to be accountable. But, not all is well when it comes to the world of Airbnb. Or, should we say, Airbnb is what’s not right, in some places of the world.

Mexico City has really been feeling the impact of gentrification at the hands of Airbnb.

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Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk about gentrification. Because to be honest, it mostly sounds like a fancy word real estate agents use to convince people to buy up property. And, that’s not too far from the truth. Gentrification is the process where an area – most commonly neighborhoods – become more pricey. This can happen through the introduction of local amenities, property refurbishment and development, or even just simply an increase of demand for housing in a particular area. Most of the time, it’s a combination of these things that feed gentrification. And while this is great for people who own property in gentrified neighborhoods, this is less great for the poor, who eventually get pushed out of the place that they call home.

Local tenants are finding that they’re being pushed out of their homes, while property owners make room for vacationers.

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Where Mexico City is concerned, this has meant that those fortunate – or, wealthy – enough to own property and land have seized on the opportunity that is Airbnb. Local tenants are finding that they’re being pushed out of their homes, while property owners make room for vacationers willing to pay multiple times the average rent price. “Here in the historic center, we are aware of dozens of buildings that used to be social housing or middle-class housing that have now been completely converted into Airbnb. The biggest apartment buildings are being converted into hotels, but when it isn’t possible to change the legal land use, they are converted into Airbnb,” a local resident said in a recent interview with Truthout. 

But Mexico City isn’t the only city suffering from the rise of Airbnb.

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If you thought that this was a problem just for Mexico City, you’d be wrong. Protest posters in Amsterdam read things such as, “Stop the eviction of Amsterdam!” during a December march against the changes Airbnb had brought to the city. Reports from The Guardian say that in 2018, Barcelona received 32 million tourists – which is approximately 20 times the residential population. The city now boasts graffiti saying, “Tourists go home, refugees welcome.”

What’s frustrating locals a lot goes beyond gentrification, into social and cultural shifts.

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Locals are seeing their neighborhoods turn into transitory destinations, rather than a community built on strong relationships. “Before Airbnb, you had neighbors you could depend on. They looked out for you. If you went out of town, they’d get your mail, your paper,” New Orleans resident, Janice Coatney, said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “You just had more of a neighborly neighborhood.” 

However, not all is doom and gloom.

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A few countries have introduced legislation in order to curb the socio-economic changes Airbnb has brought to cities around the world. Barcelona authorities placed a moratorium on new hotels in 2015 – and Airbnb hosts are required to hold a license to operate. It’s now illegal for entire apartments to be rented out for less than 30 days in the city of New York. Amsterdam has a cap on the number of nights that Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments, having reduced that number from 60 to 30. So, policy-wise, these cities are trying to preserve their sense of community, without completely sacrificing their tourism industry.

Another alternative can be found in the aptly-named Fairbnb.

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It’s essentially Airbnb, but with a twist: 50 percent of the revenue made from hosting a visitor is donated to local community projects. Fairbnb has sought to protect neighborhoods by also establishing a “real homesharing” policy – where hosts may only place a maximum of two houses on the Fairbnb market.

Ultimately, though, while we can see the buds of change beginning to blossom, it may be a while yet before it takes root in these gentrified neighborhoods. Here’s hoping that Mexico City won’t suffer too much from the strain of both migration and tourism.

Quench Your Wanderlust With 14 Of The Most Magical Airbnbs In All Of Latin America

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Quench Your Wanderlust With 14 Of The Most Magical Airbnbs In All Of Latin America

If, like most young people out there, you want to experience traveling independently before you settle down into adulthood, you’re in luck. Latin America is the perfect place to quench your wanderlust. Latin America has become the go-to destination for young travelers because of its affordability as well as for the famous hospitality of Latin Americans. From Mexico to Peru, Latin America is full of locations and adventures right within your grasp.

Luckily, lodging during travel has become easier than ever thanks to lodging startup Airbnb. Airbnb has made finding a place to stay while traveling as easy as a few clicks of a button. So, if you’re not exactly a roughing-it, hostel-hopping kind of person, there’s no need to worry. 

We’ve compiled a list of magical Airbnb places to stay in during your next trip south of the border. 

1.  Mexico City Penthouse, Mexico

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According to Airbnb user Tom “The flat was amazing – superb location with great restaurants and bars nearby. From here you can walk a lot of central DF…It’s a fantastic base to explore the city”.

2. Cabana Floripa, Florianopolis, Brazil

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According to Airbnb User Jessicka, this Cabana is the pinnacle of peaceful living: “Honestly, if was the coolest and most peaceful place I have ever stayed and I’ve stayed in a lot of cool places…The animals, the connection to nature, the beauty… waking up here every day was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever experienced”.

3. Cottage In Governador Celso Ramos, Brazil.

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According to Airbnb user Aubert, this beach-front cottage is “highly recommended for couples, those looking for seclusion, nature lovers – for those wanting to go out in Camboriu”

4.Skylodge Adventure Suites, Urubamba, Peru

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According to Airbnb user Summer, staying in a Skylodge was “one of the coolest experiences of [her] life. “You aren’t just paying for a place to sleep but a full adventure”.

5. Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

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According to Airbnb-er Mary, the Shellhouse was “as beautiful as described”. “When you walk up the driveway, you will be awe struck at the sight before you,” she said in her review. “Everything is perfect and clean and so inviting”.

6. Ilhabela Loft, São Paulo, Brazil.

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Airbnb user Daniel said that this loft was a “great place to relax and get away from it all”. He went on to rave: “If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Ilhabela at an incredible price, look no further!”. 

7. Cabaña in San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina.

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Airbnb user Natalie had nothing but great things to say about this Argentinean cabin: ” This cabin is beautiful inside and out…The view from the bedroom is amazing to wake up to as is the view from the deck and the grill…Definitely a highlight and best value we’ve come across in a month of being in Argentina”

8. Sunset Rooftop, Havana,Cuba

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Airbnb user Maggie said this this apartment was “amazing” with a “wonderful chef and manager and staff!”. She went on to recommend that other guests “take them up on their dinner – delicious and filling home cooking, the best Cuban food we had in Havana!”. Noted!

9. Ocean Front Apartment, Aguada, Puerto Rico

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Airbnb user Shelby raved about the location of this ocean-front apartment: “Great area, close to plenty of restaurants, AMAZING BEACH VIEW…So clean & a beautiful place”.

10. Villa del Peñon Suites, Cali, Colombia

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Airbnb-er Veronica said that this penthouse was “very clean and well kept”. Also that “the neighborhood makes you feel like you’re in Europe with all the shops nearby”.

11. Villa Drago Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Airbnb user Sylvia said that “this place exceeded our expectations in so many ways”. “Not only is it one of the coolest houses we’ve seen, but the hospitality,” she continued, but “the location and the amenities were 1st class. Truly a wonderful experience”.

12. Beach Front House, La Libertad, El Salvador

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Airbnb user Staci had nothing but kind things to say about this beach-front house: “The home is stunning. No rocks in sand walking done to the beach and the water was warm”.

13. Sacred Geome Tree House, Montezuma, Costa Rica

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Airbnb-er Lilly said that this treehouse “was far more than what I could have expected”. “It was also on a farm!” she continued. “We saw all there vegetables and plants. There was also a yoga house that we were able to see”.

14. Domo Cajon del Maipo, San José de Maipo, Chile

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Airbnr user Corrina said this this dome was an “absolutely gorgeous accommodation”. “Words can’t describe the feeling of having clouds sway by beneath you”, she said. “The dome is gorgeous, and everything that you need is there”.