Cuba is not geared for camping. Tent sites don’t exist and you need permission to camp “wild.” The government is paranoid about foreigners on the loose. While urbanites are savvy about the rules, rural folks may not be; you potentially expose farmers to ruinous fines merely for having you on their land. The system assumes guilt unless the farmer can prove that he or she has not, or was not going to, accept money.
Cuba has 84 campismos, simple holiday camps with basic cabins and facilities operated by Campismo Popular (Calle 13 #857, e/ 4 y 6, Vedado, Havana, tel. 07/831-0080 or 830-9044), which has booking offices island-wide. Some have been upgraded for tourists. Often camps are closed Monday–Thursday and off-season; during summer they’re often full with Cubans.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition