Best travel guide books for Cuba

Lonely Planet

A comprehensive and solid guidebook focused on medium to low budget travellers, perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Plan your trip – includes brief introduction to the country, maps, top things to see and do, itinerary suggestions, etiquette.
  • On the road – the heart of the guide. It is divided into chapters, each if which covers a specific region and individual cities highlighting sights and activities, accommodation and dining recommendations with prices and contact information, getting there and around advice.
  • Understand – in depth information on current affairs, history, environment, people and culture, art and music, local cuisine etc.
  • Survival Guide – Directory A-Z (quick reference and practical information on everything you need to know when traveling in the country), Transport Information, Language

The Rough Guide

Resourceful and readable guidebook for travellers on all budgets. Most of the book travel content is also available online.  The Rough Guide is divided into 5 main section:

  • Introduction – basic country information and facts, top attractions and experiences and planning suggestions.
  • Basics – General Practical Information includes tips for transportation, healthcare and insurance, money, emergencies and safety.
  • Guide – main section that covers individual regions and cities highlighting sights and activities as well as accommodation, dinning and nightlife recommendations.
  • Contexts – more detailed information on history, culture, wildlife, landscape etc. it also includes language section with vocabulary and phrases that you might need on your trip.
  • Maps & Small Prints – as the name implies this section includes maps, acknowledgments and contact details

DK Eyewitness

Beautiful visual guide with glossy colour photographs, maps and detailed illustrations. The guide contains an introduction to the region section followed by color-coded chapters organised by individual areas with most interesting cities, towns and sights as well as regional maps. Each chapter provides historical and cultural background to the area.  Traveler’s Needs section offers tips on where to eat and stay as well as shopping and entertainment advise.  Survival guide section offers practical travel information and general index and acknowledgement.  

Cuba’s Best Beaches by Rosa Jordan and Derek Choukalos 

Detailed descriptions of Cuba’s 30 best beaches, plus information on how to get there, where there is to stay, and what there is to see and do on the water and in the surrounding area. This concise guide (available on Kindle as well as in print) is conveniently divided into three sections: best resort beaches, best beaches for a cultural experience, and best beaches for privacy and getting-away-from-it-all.

Cycling Cuba by Rosa Jordan and Derek Choukalos

Published by Lonely Planet in 2002, this guide (now out of print but fortunately still available from .com booksellers) remains much in demand, as it contains detailed descriptions of the best cycling routes in Cuba, from one end of the island to the other. Distances, altitude charts, degrees of difficulty, and much more, it is dated only in two respects: Cuba’s currency, which has changed since then, and places to stay (many more now than there were then)  


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