Cuba, due to its proximity to the U.S.A. and its tropical climate, was at one time, a playground for millions of Americans. Many hotel corporations had built American-style hotels, and managed them the way their compatriots liked.
After Fidel Castro’s revolution, this very important source of revenue for Cuba dried up.
The government quickly realized that tourism, cigars, and rum were important revenue sources and decided to promote tourism in other countries including Canada. Today, some 900 000 Canadians visit Cuba annually. Mexico receives 1.4 million Canadians every year.
Lonely Planet specializes in guidebooks written by people who live on location, or at least have spent time in the specific country. This extensive book provides everything a tourist may want to know about Cuba and advises about the best values the country offers. More importantly, the authors warn about pitfalls unsuspecting tourists may experience.
The narrative deals with the history of Cuba, connections to and from all the important tourism destinations including Havana, Isla de la Juventud, Pinar del Rio, Cienfuegas, Camaguey, Holguin, Guantanamo, and others.
Each city’s map is detailed adequately to guide a tourist.
The book even includes a glossary of important Spanish words, phrases, and short sentences anyone can master to at least communicate when ordering food in a restaurant, or buying a commodity.
I have traveled a lot to many countries, and read many guidebooks before visiting each. I must admit that Lonely Plant book are the most complete and helpful of all. This one is no exception.
For all those who are looking fro value destinations, adventure, sun and fun, this book is highly recommended!