Frommer's Cuba Paperback – Feb 2 2011
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From the Back Cover
Hike, mountain bike, rock climb, and bird watch in Cuba's picturesque Viñales Valley. See chapter 6.
Detailed maps throughout
Exact prices, directions, opening hours,and other practical information
Candid reviews of hotels and restaurants,plus sights, shopping, and nightlife
Itineraries, walking tours, and trip-planning ideas
Insider tips from local expert authors
About the Author
Claire Boobbyer is a travel writer, photographer, and editor who fell in love with Latin America more than 10 years ago after several backpacking trips around the region. She moved to Spain to learn Spanish and after a stint of working with wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon, she headed north to Central America. She first went to Cuba in 1998 to spend a newly reinstated Christmas Day holiday in Havana and has been returning ever since, improving her salsa dancing and Cuban accent each time she visits. Claire is the author of several other guidebooks on the region and has written articles about Cuba for newspapers and magazines; her photographic work has appeared in various guidebooks and alongside her travel articles. She is also the author of Frommer's Cuba Day by Day. For more information on Claire, visit www.claireboobbyer.com.
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The book is not very useful for trips outside Havana. We used Moon Cuba for our visit to Varadero. It had useful maps and suggestions for other cities too including Trinidad and Cienfuego.
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The facts that the guide omitted seemed to be some of the more important ones:
a) Things change fast in Cuba should have been pointed out in the guide as a warning and either we missed that warning or it wasn't in the guide. The Che museum for example wasn't open when it was supposed to be open. Getting cash wasn't as easy as the guide seems to make it sound and there was no information about departing by plane from Havana for example, which turned out vital, since we ended up at the wrong terminal, despite asking various people several times and even at the airport there was confusion. None of these points were highlighted in the guide.
b) While the guide seemed to cover all major aspects of Cuba like accommodation, history and so on it was poorly organised. Sometimes information was spread over various parts, i.e. some of the relevant information would be in the first few paragraphs and then some more later in the chapter. This doesn't make it easy to quickly look up something. Also, it would have helped if things like accommodation would have been separated from history of the various places, since one usually doesn't look this up at the same time and accommodation information tends to outdate quicker then historic facts for example.
c) The maps in the guide were quite useless and the kindle version seems to be even worse. When do publishers realise that while the same content can be sold as print and ebook version it would sometimes help to make some minor adjustments?
All in all I would rather recommend to get a guide that focusses on the history and background information of Cuba, get some good maps, plan your trip upfront through a number of websites online and you should be covered, but don't rely on any of the "classic" travel guides when it comes to Cuba.