I just returned from a 4-day 3-day night stay in Playa Giron. I stayed in one of the several cases particulares in the town. They may be a bit off the ocean, but from reading reviews of the one (and only) hotel option, I can say, WITHOUT A DOUBT, that private homes are the way to go. I stayed with Iraida ("Yaya") & Manolito, and this was definitely one of the highlights of the entire trip. This is a young family w/ two young children who got shipped off to relatives to accommodate us. However, Ma and Pa stayed on the premises to cater our every wish. 30 C.U.C. a night (per person) plus 4 for breakfast and 10 for dinner. Meals are whatever you want. Seriously, including lobster and other ocean delicacies. Yaya threw in a number of extras, including, fresh juice and sandwiches, throughout the days. We particularly enjoyed the little swimming pool in the backyard. Evenings were spent in comfortable chairs, out front, greeting and talking with locals who stopped by. Yaya and Manolito started this enterprise a little more than a month ago, and they're throwing heart and soul into it. Quite touching, and inspiring, really. For me, it's simple: Why would you stay in a hotel, w/ a bunch of foreigners, when you can live with "la gente" and get to know "la verdadera" Cuba? There are other such homes in the area. Right up the street, in fact, but this is the one I am recommending. Phone is the only connection, and here are the numbers straight from their business card: 53 (45) 98 4469, (53) 5 262 8393, (53) 5 247 6877).