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Caribbean Islands (Lonely Planet Country Guides) Paperback – 1 Oct 2005
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Nobody covers the world like Lonely Planet.' --New York Post, May 2004
expanded coverage of the entire Caribbean - from the ABC Islands to Trinidad & Tobago - plus the Bahamas new scuba diving chapter written by an expert author more full-colour photographs and maps (100+) than any other guide to the region tourist arrivals showing increases of up to 30 per cent this year Antigua boasts that it has 365 beaches, 'one for each day of the year' Antigua's so-called 'black pineapple' is only that colour when young and unripe - it is generally smaller and sweeter than pineapples grown in South America or Hawaii over 700 islands and 2500 cayes (pronounced 'keys') make up the Bahamas technically, the Bahamas (and Turks & Caicos) lie outside the Caribbean Sea some people in the Bahamas believe that if you take the 'bibby' (mucus) from a dog's or horse's eye and put it in your own, you can actually see a spirit
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The book provided us with everything we needed for a fantastic visit. Cant wait to go back. The book will definately come in handy. All of the little secrets and must do's are covered too!
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If you're the kind of traveler that fits the "Lonely Planet demographic" (as opposed to, say, a Frommers type of traveler), then this guidebook might still be your best bet for preparing for a trip. Just be prepared to double-check the info, and maybe spend a little time hunting around the area where the map says something is.
Cuba gets the longest chapter (a whopping 59pp), followed by the Dominican Republic (48pp), Trinidad & Tobago (47pp), Bahamas (43pp), and Jamaica (42pp). However, the book's warnings about Jamaican crime will cause most travellers to rethink their itinerary. Haiti receives a token 18 pages due to the turmoil there. At the other end of the spectrum, the shortest chapters are on Saba and St. Eustatius (10pp each).
I enjoy the LP writing style, and I like their emphasis on practical tidbits. For example, don't fly directly from Aruba to the U.S. because you'll be in line for two hours at the Aruba airport due to understaffing by U.S. customs officers (yes, U.S.) who handle pre-clearance procedures. This is the kind of nuts-and-bolts information for which LP is famous, and enables visitors to avoid vacation hell.
Pet peeves: The chapters covering the 26 jurisdictions seem to be in random order - why not alphabetical? LP has always been famous for their maps, but lately their maps have been using one shade of gray for water and a slightly different shade of gray for land, which is tough on the eyes.
Great buy if you plan on backpacking or island hopping for a while, but I would invest in a location-specific guidebook (or use the free prints locally) to get my "tourist information."