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Cuba (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Brendan Sainsbury
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1 Sep 2009 Lonely Planet Country Guides
Nobody knows Cuba like Lonely Planet. Whether you're looking to explore Havana's colorful architectural relics, laze languidly on an isolated beach or discover your inner Hemingway deep-sea fishing off the coast of Cayo Guillermo, this 5th edition gives you all the information you need to enjoy the best of Cuba.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

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Full color section on Cuba's music, festivals, natural beauty and architecture
Unique Green Index makes ecofriendly travel easy

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 5th Revised edition edition (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741049296
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741049299
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite useful 13 Aug 2008
By S. Shah
For my first trip to Cuba, this book was pretty accurate, up to date and informative in terms of places to visit, tourist attractions, what to do and where to go. It gives you useful advice on how much you are expected to tip, what to expect of the country and how to get around and where to go which was very useful. The only negative aspect of this book was probably the design layout. It covers a vast majority of aspects of Cuba which can be a lot to get through, the layout is quite difficult to read and its mostly black and white columns of writing do not make it appealing. As it is written from first hand experience it is definitely a very useful book for first time traveller's however a lot of the entertainment they had suggested for Havana, no one had heard of when i visited which was unusual. Overall highly informative but because it has so much to take in you can find yourself relying on it a bit too much and a smaller guide might be just as useful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuba Lonely Planet 8 Mar 2010
I am amazed at how easy and informative this book is to read. I have bought a few different books about Cuba as I want to know as much as possible before I go there. This book is the most updated one I have found and is a very interesting read. In future when I'm travelling to a new country ... it will be the Lonely Planet guide book I look for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds y rust y muchas alma. 9 May 2010
The spirit of Cuba has really been captured here. The author as well as seducing you does not leave out the grit and edge of the city and country as well as luxury within reach the pitfalls and enduring sides are covered with humour wit and knowledge.
The orientation guide is clear and the maps invaluable. Transport is covered from horse cat and carriage, coco taxis, collective taxis and hired cars. There is a good list of restaurants and palladores as well as recommending good meals with your Casa owners.
The accommodation section covers all budgets and options of Casa Particulars private houses rented by local cuban familys, to hotels and campsites. You can have a taste of the real life and get to the source of the country as well as sample some luxury. Cuba was a far away dream until i picked up this guide book and become hooked giving me much inspiration and confidence. A very good introductions to understanding history, music, religion literature and politics opening doors for further reading.
Authentic, gritty, edgy and luxury is all within reach in this guide book.Fear is ignorance and through a good guide book well written that fear turns to inspiration, passion and you might also get the travel bug people talk about. The Habana section is well covered on describing the diversity of the city including the grand beautifu plazas described as music set in stone, Plaza Caterdral,drinking the best mojhitas at La Patio restaurant. Breathtaking views across the malecon at sunset drinking mojhito's in the raised gardens of the Hotel Nacional to the quirky Hammill experience for authentic santeria religion art and there sunday weekly live music festival.The gritty side of Central Habana and warmth of the people. And i havent even touched on other sides of the island that i plan to do on my return that are mentioned in this guide book. It is my bible muchas Gracias. If you want to sample real Cuba buy this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT 3 July 2008
By ingram
Not 5 stars because CUBA changes too quickly but the book covers the ground in the usual sound clear writing of Lonely Planet.

Do look at the book Mea Cuba by Infante for an alternative viewpoint.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I expect from Lonely Planet 10 Sep 2009
The guide book on Cuba was everything I have come to expect from a Lonely Planet guide. Only a few pictures, but I will be visiting and taking pictures for myself. Plenty of history background, info about places to visit, and hotels, restaurants, cafes etc etc. Good value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cuba travel guide 3 Oct 2011
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After recently coming back from over 2 weeks in Cuba I can highly recommend the Lonely Planet travel guide for Cuba. It was pretty much our bible whilst we were out there and answered near enough every single question we had from sickness to tipping, eating out, best places to go.
Full of great tips and handy historical notes!
Deffinatly the travel guide book to get if you're going to Cuba!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great place and great book!!! 28 July 2011
After reading this book I was very inspired and went to Cuba, I have been twice now and love Cuba!!

This book gives clear information on things to do and see and was very accurate!

I took this book with me each time I went as it was like a bible, it was full of information that I was able to use when I was there, I even educated the holiday rep on a few things on Cuba from this book!

If you are just interested in the history of Cuba then this book also has a lot of the revelation facts within it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
As always it contains great tips, I have contacted the guest houses recommended and looked at the different suggested activities. Spot on most the times.
Published 9 months ago by Ana Carmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Going to Cuba next week
We are going to Cuba soon, and we needed good advice. And Lonely Planet books is allways in our bag.
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by Ulf M
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for a trip to Cuba
This book was great for our trip to Havana, although very little information on the more 'touristy' places such as Varadero. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by LauraJane
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, apart from the maps
I'm usually quite handy with a map, but the maps of Havana in this book had me scratching my head. Most of the main squares aren't shown on the larger map of Havana, and we ended... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by K. Hartnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
If you're travelling to Cuba, don't forget to take Cuba's Lonely Planet with you!! Highly Recommended!!!
Published on 6 July 2009 by JC SEIXAS
4.0 out of 5 stars OK but..
This does the job well enough but why, given that it is essentially illegal for most US citizens to visit Cuba and Lonely Planet is owned by the BBC, is it written in American... Read more
Published on 11 April 2009 by Ian H
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Another good quality product by Lonely Planet, this book provides a lot of very useful information, and also many ideas for your trip away to Cuba.
Published on 7 Feb 2009 by Ms. S. A. Matters
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