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Quench Your Wanderlust With These 14 Magical Airbnbs Throughout 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”.

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Mexico Wants American Tourists Despite Ongoing Covid Pandemic

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Covid-19 has ended a lot of stuff for a lot of people. The most obvious change has been to international travel, especially for Americans. As the virus has spread widely across the U.S. countries have put a halt to allowing American tourist within their border, but not Mexico.

Covid-19 has severly depreciated the American passport.

Once capable of unlocking so many countries, the U.S. passport is no longer helping Americans travel abroad. Instead, the American passport has now become a hindrance for global travelers. Most countries have placed restrictions on American tourists making the U.S. passport one of the weakest.

The countries banning the U.S. are doing so because of the state of the virus in the country.

There have been more than 7 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 200,000 deaths from the virus. The U.S. remains the worst hit country and the global epicenter of the deadly virus. Many blame the lack of a national strategy to properly close down, test citizens, and contact trace those who have been exposed as the reason the virus has been so devastating in the U.S.

The various travel bans have kept families apart.

Other nations went into mush stricter lockdowns that the U.S. and got a handle of the virus. European countries have gotten the virus under control after months and the U.S. continues to see a large number of new cases daily.

One of the countries allowing Americans to visit is Mexico.

Mexico is heavily reliant on the money made from the tourism industry. According to official statistics, the tourism industry is the third-largest contributor to the country’s GDP. Major tourist destinations like Cabo and Cancún saw dramatic dips in tourism leading to national and local figures to sound the alarm. According to The Washington Post, the questions was posed about when to allow the tourists from the U.S. back, not should they.

Los Cabos is one of the hardest-hit tourist destinations.

The tourist destination saw a severe decline in tourists during one of the busiest times of the year. According to The Washington Post, the resort city has lost 80 percent of its revenue because of Covid-19. The virus has brought financial devastation to people across the world and the cities they live in aren’t immune to failing themselves.

“It’s life or death for us,” Rodrigo Esponda, the head of the Los Cabos tourism board, told The Washington Post. “There’s nothing else here. No industrial production. No farming or commercial fishing. It’s tourism or nothing.”

Yet, Los Cabos should be a warning sign to the rest of Mexico.

Cases in Baja California, the state where Los Cabos is located, saw new Covid case numbers triple from 50 a day to 150. The increase in infections is to be expected as the state rolled out the welcome mat for Americans coming to visit the resort town.

“There are some residents who say, ‘Why put my family’s life in danger by inviting more visitors, restarting more flights?’” Luis Humberto Araiza López, tourism minister of Baja California Sur, told The Washington Post. “It’s a delicate line between trying to support public health and economic growth.”

Despite this, there are some countries that Americans can travel to.

The countries Americans can travel to without Covid restrictions are Albania, Belarus, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, and Zambia. As the world continues to open up, Americans who travel abroad are waiting for the U.S. government to get the virus under control. Until then, the U.S. passport is not the same it used to be.

READ: The U.S. Passport Was Once The World’s Strongest, It’s Fallen To 25th Place Thanks To Failed Leadership Amid Coronavirus

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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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