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About the Author

Christopher P. Baker was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. He received a B.A. in geography from University College, London, and master’s degrees in Latin American studies from Liverpool University and in education from the Institute of Education, London University. He began his writing career in 1978 as Contributing Editor on Latin America for Land & Liberty, a London-based political journal. In 1980 he received a Scripps-Howard Foundation Scholarship in Journalism to attend the University of California, Berkeley.

Since 1983, Christopher has made his living as a professional travel writer, photographer, lecturer, and tour guide and is acclaimed for his specialist knowledge on Cuba and Costa Rica, about which he has written 10 books. He has contributed to more than 150 publications worldwide as far-ranging as Caribbean Travel & Life, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, The Robb Report, and the Los Angeles Times. He has been profiled in USA Today, appears frequently on radio and television talk shows and as a guest-lecturer aboard cruise ships, and has been privileged to address such organizations as the National Press Club, the World Affairs Council, and the National Geographic Society. He is a National Geographic Resident Expert and currently escorts cruise-tours of Costa Rica and Panama for National Geographic Expeditions. His many books include Moon Cuba and Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba, winner of both the 2002 Lowell Thomas Award for Best Travel Book and the North American Travel Journalist Association's Grand Prize. His other awards include the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award 2008 for "Travel Journalist of the Year'" and the Caribbean Tourism Organization Award 2005 for "Travel Journalist of the Year."

Product Details

  • Series: Moon Spotlight
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598805401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598805406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,037,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher P. Baker (1955-) was born and educated in Yorkshire, England, studied at universities in London and Liverpool, and has lived in California since 1980. He has since established himself as one of the world's leading travel writers & photographers and is considered the world's foremost authority on travel and tourism to Cuba and Costa Rica. He has authored and illustrated more than 30 books for such publishers as Dorling Kindersly, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Moon, and National Geographic, etc., including guidebooks, literary books, and his acclaimed coffee-table book, "Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles." His writing & photography have appeared in more than 200 international publications, from National Geographic to Newsweek. His literary travelog "Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba," won both the Lowell Thomas Award as 'Travel Book of the Year,' and the North American Travel Journalist Association Grand Prize. In 2008, he won the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award 'Travel Journalist of the Year,' and has also been named 'Travel Journalist of the Year' by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (2005) and Jamaica Tourist Board (1998). He is a National Geographic resident expert on Cuba and Costa Rica, and leads trips to those countries for National Geographic Expeditions and other tour companies. He has been profiled in USA Today, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, including NBC, Fox, CNN, and PBS. He posts twice-weekly blogs at and promotes himself through his website:

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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sanchell on January 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have visited Cuba a number of times since 2001. About two years ago I decided to invest in a guide book to find out what I had been missing. Having never used a guidebook I purchased several just to see which one I liked best. None of them were perfect. But what I discovered was that without a functional index a guidebook is next to worthless. You spend all your time thumbing through the book to find that one restaurant you remembered reading about but can't locate for love or money. Finally, in frustration you throw the darn thing away. As you guessed, the Moon guide has no index. If you want my copy it is in a landfill outside Havana. I also purchased Moon Cuba. Same story.
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