Airbnb is celebrating its Cuba anniversary by giving you a gift.

By Melanie Lieberman
April 06, 2016
Cuba Airbnb
Credit: Airbnb

One year ago, Airbnb launched in Cuba, allowing travelers from around the world to easily book homestays on the Caribbean island. To celebrate this anniversary, Airbnb is offering first-time guests up to $500 off their Cuban bookings. But to score these huge savings, you have to act fast: you need to be one of the first 100 travelers to jump on the deal, and your trip must be booked and completed by April 30.

There’s still a bit of red tape, of course, when it comes to booking a trip to Cuba. While you can travel solo now (i.e., no need to sit on a mega bus with a tour operator), you must still legally conform to one of the U.S. government’s 12 permissible travel categories—meaning your trip should be considered religious, humanitarian, educational, etc.

To make your Cuba dream trip happen, simply reserve any one of Airbnb's nearly 4,000 listings across the country (think: a romantic, neo-colonial house in Santiago de Cuba, or a charming apartment in Havana with exposed brick and classic tile floors). If you’re one of Airbnb’s lucky guests, you’ll receive a congratulatory e-mail within three to five days.

Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.