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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 November 2011
Written for people who like to get around rather than the hotel/bar/beach/dining/bed brigade, Top Ten guides have been constant companions on trips for many years; written in an accessible style, organised in a logical way, well illustrated with lots of pictures and usually with a fold-up map, they are small in size but not in content. Having previously ignored suggestions in Crete, recently we followed the "Top Ten" and discovered an idyllic area of absolute joy, making us fall further in love with the island all over again. (We also saw a large shanty town there, within three kilometres of the airport.)

"Top Tens" give good lists of "Tens" in places to go, where to eat, visits to make and their recommendations are good (even if some have become out-dated). Sections on Havana are particularly good and, if travellers are there for two weeks, I recommend a two-venue visit, e.g. Havana and Varaderro. In Havana, remember to visit the old quarter, the Hotel Nacional de Cuba and watch out for the entrepreneurial cigar sellers; you may be lucky but they are probably banana leaves, not Cohibas and not rolled on shapely Cuban thighs! The "Top Ten" has other helpful hints too.

Although I agree with the reviewer who pointed out that guides are out-of-date as the ink dries, some seem more out-of-date than others, especially (as one other reviewer points out) in somewhere changing as fast as Cuba; it is always helpful to check a book's publication date. In the times we have been, we have noticed the growth in new hotels (especially in the north west of the island), the increase in newer cars, the continuation of re-development of housing beyond the tourist areas. However, there has been little growth in the number of bars visited by Ernest Hemingway, a Cuban hero and celebrity; yes, he had already been to them all!

"Top Tens" are worth the investment. A fascinating country which will probe deeply into the thinking tourist's mind and heart, so follow Top Ten to get a quick insight and list. But another bigger guide for in-depth information, e,g, "The Golden Book - Cuba". Buen viaje. Que lo pases bien!

GENERAL COMMENT
For many years, Cuba has lived in the Spanish colonial time-warp (which was obviously glorious going by the buildings), proud of its past and its ability to stand by itself in the face of American might. This is not the place to discuss the politics but, without doubt, visitors who step outside the hotel perimiters will find themselves doing this, if only to compare its socialist government with their own, Cuba's poor human rights record, its 99.8% literacy rate, an infant death rate lower than some developed countries and an average life expectancy of 77.64 years. It is an islad of contrasts.

Getting around is not as easy as in other Caribbean destinations; car-hire is becoming easier but not recommended as the older ones break down and petrol stations are infrequent, but it is fascinating to see the island and meet the people, something we always do wherever we go. How else does one come to know the place rather than the touristy myth?

"¡SOCIALISMO O MUERTE!"(Socialism or Death)... is the slogan seen everywhere, often in huge letters, e.g. stepping off the plane in Havana; although some say "¡SOCIALISMO ES MUERTE!"... (Socialism is Death) would be more appropriate, enjoy your time in this unique and wonderful country undergoing change. In our visits there, we have never encountered an unpleasant Cuban and we have travelled off the beaten track to meet students, doctors, nurses, workers and the less well-off, of whom there are a great many living off the land. (Unfortunately, "off the beaten track" is not in Top Ten, I hasten to add!)
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on 3 November 2012
I purchased this guide as a gift for my friend before she went to Cuba -it was packed with extremely useful info which she and her family found invaluable while they were on holiday .It also has a map in its centre pages .I was able to flick through its pages on line and could view its entire contents
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on 10 March 2012
Very informative and small enough to fit into pocket on trips out. A most pocket handbook for vitits to cuba.
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on 31 March 2014
Small enough to keep with you on your travels and easy to find the information quickly and concisely. All the maps were useful, clearly marked and detailed. All in all a great little guide, what more could you need.
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on 29 November 2012
Great book very easy to read, full of good information about Cuba for any traveller.
I would reccomend to anyone, great for the kindle too.
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on 31 May 2012
I am visiting Cuba in July for a wedding anniversary. I expected the guide to be a little more in depth. It didn't cover what I wanted to know. No mention about swimming with dolphins. I have found more info on trip advisor on line.
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on 8 May 2014
A brilliant little book. There's lots of useful information inside it and so easy to read. It's a handy size for travelling and will fit in a handbag.
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on 3 March 2012
Concise,handy size,crammed with detail.
A must have for those interested in getting away from the Hotel complex.
I get a "Top 10" each time I take a trip. Brilliant!
Fast,trouble free delivery from Amazon too. Thanks
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on 24 February 2011
I personally like this type of guide book as it quickly shows you the top 10 of things you want to see/do/eat. Whilst not as comprehensive as others (lonely planet/rough guide), I get what I need quickly. We had 3 days in Havana it this got us to see all those must do things, as well as some excellent restaurants.

One downside to this book is the pull out map. Whilst an excellent idea, it is just too small to read as it covers the whole of Cuba. If you have excellent eyesight it might be ok for you.
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on 19 May 2011
This is great as a carry-round guide, featuring the highlights of each area of the country. The pullout maps of Havana are particularly good and were carried around each day I ventured out.

Going to Havana...? A quick tip - NO TIME IS ENOUGH TIME in Havana. A day passes in a heartbeat. I planned to see loads and left (after enjoying every second) without seeing even a quarter of what i planned!
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