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