- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: The Countryman Press (Nov. 26 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881505536
- ISBN-13: 978-0881505535
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 358 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bicycling Cuba: 50 Days Of Detailed Rides From Havana To El Oriente Paperback – Nov 26 2002
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From Library Journal
Tired of the same old vacation? Eager to forgo guided motor coaches, all-inclusive resorts, and RVing? If bicycling through Cuba is the first thing you think of as an alternative to Europe in August, then the authors, experienced bike guides from Vermont, can take all the guesswork out of it for you. In this delightful and very practical guide, they outline, kilometer by kilometer-for all the Canadians and Europeans whose governments actually let them vacation in Cuba legally the best places to eat, sleep, sightsee, and even avoid. The text is divided into five parts: "In and Out of Havana," "Pinar del Rio," "Central Cuba," "The Oriente," and "Connecting the Regions of Cuba." The authors sum it up best in their introduction: "If you come to Cuba looking for evidence of a police state, inefficient bureaucracy, and dissatisfied people, you can find it. If you look for evidence of a uniquely idealistic society in which people have a strong sense of community, respect their government, and are trying to solve problems without sacrificing the achievements of their revolution, you can find that too. Let's ride!" Recommended for large public libraries.
Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In this delightful and very practical guide, they outline, kilometer by kilometer—for all the Canadians and Europeans whose governments actually let them vacation in Cuba legally—the best places to eat, sleep, sightsee, and even avoid. — Library JournalSee all Product description
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I had spent three weeks in Cuba previously and had used two guide books. The Smiths' advice, while not replacing a guide book, was the best: succinct, accurate and introduced me to friendly and helpful people. Their three main cycle tours, west, central and eastern Cuba cover the most scenic areas as well as the historic gems of this wonderful country. The route descriptions were accurate, easy to follow and contained good advice about difficulty, water availability, traffic problems and special sites.
The Smiths obviously love Cuba and this comes out in their writing. They include inserts about various social issues, economics and politics -- each fascinating.
I thoroughly recommend "Bicycling Cuba" with no reservations. My only wish is that the Smiths would produce some more books for other countries.
Simply put, here's a chance to learn from their travels and mistakes and greatly improve your trip. Why not, it's a bargain!
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