on 3 July 2008
Moon Handbooks are always very good, giving just that little bit more info and explanation.. like having a knowledgeable friend with you. The Cuba book is outstanding if you are not just sitting for 10 days at Varadero. Go now before "he" dies.
Of course in Cuba homes, rooms, restaurants, addresses places etc change very quickly but hey... get a Cuban girlfriend!
For a different viewpoint on Cuba, Castro and its history before you go do read MEA CUBA by INFANTE. All the disparities and unanswered questions will become clear.
You know the one about the Elephant in the room? Thats Cuba. Enjoy.
on 21 December 2008
For a good three or four years, this was the bible for independent travellers to Cuba. With almost 1000 pages, it provided far more in-depth information on all aspects of the country than any other guide. However, this third edition was published in January 2004, which means the research was done in 2003 or earlier, so much of the information is not valid for those travelling in 2011. The sad fact is that we're not likely to see a volume of this quality again. Moon's fourth edition (2006) has slimmed down by around 200 pages and the price has dropped by £2. This is no doubt because (a) it takes too long to keep updating a 1000-page tome, and (b) Moon needs to compete pricewise and weightwise with the other two heavies, Rough Guide and Lonely Planet. This is both understandable and regrettable. The third edition was undoubtedly superior to the fourth; it was worth buying purely for the introductory sections on History, Cuban Society, Flora and Fauna, etc. and for the wonderfully informative sidebars. Now that the third edition is out of date but still widely available, I wonder if it will become a collectors' item? I hope so - it deserves to.