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  • Paperback: 1168 pages
  • Publisher: Fodor (20 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679009264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679009269
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,068,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best travel guide for the Caribbean 26 Sept. 2011
By Guitar Man - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had several Caribbean travel books over the years, but the Fodor's series always seem to be the best. Partially because they offer a new and updated edition yearly, and partly because it does a great job of covering the many islands and destinations in the Caribbean (not an easy feat). I have found the maps to be helpful while both planning the vacations, and while actually on the islands on vacation. I also really appreciate the hotel and restaurant listings and descriptions. I have found most of the guide book reviews to be pretty accurate with what we have experienced on the islands at the locations we visited. If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean in 2012, this book should be your first step in getting it started...and don't forget to take it with you on vacation, too (where it will undoubtedly come in very handy). Safe travels!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't Be Disappointed! 22 Sept. 2011
By Sylviastel - Published on Amazon.com
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Fodor's Caribbean 2012 color gold guide is the worth the cost and perfect for your Caribbean getaway with a lot of insightful and useful information whether you're going to go fishing or yachting in the Atlantic Ocean.

The guidebook is divided into countries from Anguilla to the United States Virgin Islands. I don't see Bermuda nor the Bahamas in there but I do see Aruba. Anyway I love the layout and it's easy to use for information.

The countries that it covers includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands.

The guide also supplies plenty of maps with with marks regarding beaches and historic locations for tourism. The guide is worth the cost and particularly useful if you're traveling to the Caribbean on a cruise for several islands. Be aware that Bahamas and Bermuda aren't in this guide nor is Haiti. Regardless, if you're traveling to the beaches in the Caribbean then this guide is the perfect resource for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for those who don't do internet research for travel 30 Dec. 2011
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I grew up thinking Fodor's Guides were the best, and they are still great resources, but it's getting more and more difficult to justify buying a book when so much is available on websites, and often the websites are more current.

The people who'd benefit most from the Fodor's Guide are those who don't want to wade through all the websites and just need lists of recommended hotels, restaurants, and attractions that are well-organized in an ergonomic format. To be honest, when comparing certain sections of the print guide (such as the section on Martinique) to Fodor's own website, the website appears to have more information. Also, when comparing Fodor's to the Lonely Planet guide (the print version), Lonely Planet does much better with history, culture, and safety precautions. (I was surprised at how little attention was given to safety issues on Fodor's section on Jamaica.) Lonely Planet also covered the Bahamas, Cuba, and Haiti which the Fodor's guide did not. On the other hand, Lonely Planet's information on hotels and tours is much more limited. Lonely Planet is much better for people who want to know the Caribbean in spirit while Fodor's is for those who want the perfect getaway.

One reason to go with Fodor's is that they have so much experience that the information can generally be trusted. But maybe not always. One of the places Fodor's suggested as a shopping destination was Grenada - particularly for spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. Well, true, but check with your cruise ship or airline first. It's unlikely that customs will let you bring anything fresh into the country. And although chocolate bars made in Grenada are phenomenally good, from experience, Grenada is not much for shopping in general.

Fodor's does have both an island finder, a chart that helps a reader choose which island might be best for beaches, casinos, nightlife, etc; as well as a chart on the feasibility of getting married on the different islands. If you're looking to get married in the Caribbean, that would certainly be a reason to get this book.

Overall, I think you can do just as well with the websites, but if you're internet-phobic, need access to information on a variety of islands where you won't have the internet (it's a heavy book to take on vacation, mind you, but if you're in a remote resort in the British Virgin Islands or the Grenadines and need to plan your next island hop...), or need a lot of well-organized info on hotels and resorts in a hurry, then this book can be useful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice travel guide for the Caribbean traveller. 6 Dec. 2011
By Bearcat - Published on Amazon.com
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We have been to the Caribbean several times over the years and have used travel guides. This Fodors guide is very informative and will be a good resource for any traveller to the Caribbean. It does a good job of covering the various islands and goes into a good amount of detail on each. It is probably just the right amount for every traveller to the area. The recommendations are good and, as you would expect, the full color pictures are great. But pictures don't give you as much info as the actual content of the guide and I would say this Fodors guide provides timely and useful information.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK - just OK. 17 Nov. 2011
By Mike from Warsaw - Published on Amazon.com
This book is just plain OK. It covers most places and gives you listings that the mid-range and top-end traveler may need. However unlike Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and Footprint it has several important omissions (most of them also appear in Frommer's).

The Bahamas, though technically not part of the Caribbean, they are culturally a part and 3 out of 5 guidebooks do include them. Frommer's and Fodor's do not. If you want to decide where to go and are thinking also about the Bahamas - then you are forced to buy an extra Bahamas guidebook - almost double the price.

Fodor's (also like Frommer's) omits Haiti and Cuba completely. The listings for backpacker and budget options is almost also non existent and so are descriptions of many off the beaten track places. So the book is generally for package tourists and cruise ship tourists, people that mainly stay in the resorts.

As the Lonely Planet (unlike Rough Guide and Footprint, now in brand new edition) covers everything this book does (all the options and places) and manages to pack many more for the same price, I recommend you buy that.
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