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Product Details

  • Map: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Streetwise Maps (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931257078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931257077
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Don't leave home without STREETWISE.' --The New York Times

'STREETWISE is an absolute travel essential.' --Travel + Leisure Magazine

'In a strange city, your sense of direction is only as good as the map in your hands. The best maps to carry are published by STREETWISE.' --Chicago Daily Herald

About the Author

STREETWISE® is the first map to be designed with modern graphics and is the originator of the laminated, accordion-fold map format. We’ve set the standard that every map company has imitated but never duplicated. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel safe in a place where you’ve never been before and to enable you to experience a familiar place more fully.

The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970’s, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.

After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.

He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.

More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.

Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.

Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.

Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn’t match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we’ve done the work, now you have the adventure.

In the end, it’s not about the map, it’s about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It’s about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.

Customer Reviews

Easy to fold and durable.
Tally Esq.
The coverage for the entire country was pretty good, but lacked a bit of detail.
Robert L. Forste
I would highly recommend this map for anyone traveling to Cuba.
loosey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on March 16, 2012
Format: Map Verified Purchase
Having just returned from a trip to Cuba, I had a chance to make maximum use of this map. In general I am a big fan of Streetwise maps, but this one falls short in several respects. It concentrates on Havana's central districts but cuts off the covered area without putting it into the larger context of the metro region. An inset metro map showing the main communities around Havana would be helpful.

Within the covered area, some neighborhoods are left with little detail, while others are so packed with printed detail (in very small font) that it's hard to figure out exactly what is located where. This is especially true of Havana Vieja, the oldest colonial neighborhood. Some of the streets are unnamed, making it hard to navigate on the ground. One of the 4 major plazas does not show on the map at all (Plaza de Simon Bolivar) and another is misnamed (Plaza Vieja is identified as Plaza Viela).

The reverse side of the map shows main roads and geographic features for the entire island, but the roads are not numbered so it would be impossible to use this map to navigate. I could live with it since we were on a bus and I was just using the island map to get a sense of direction and where we were at any given time but I could not have used this map if I were driving.

In general, I expect more from Streetwise. I will continue to buy their products but I do warn prospective travelers to Cuba that this one does not rise to their generally high standards.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coronet Blue VINE VOICE on March 31, 2013
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One thing the Cubans do quite well is make cheap, up to date maps. If you're going to Havana be advised this Streetwise map cuts off just to the west of the cemetery--in fact, doesn't even cover the entire cemetery. Not much to the south either although there probably isn't much of interest to tourists in those parts of the city. This map might work for a first-time visitor who spends most of their time in Old Havana or Centro but if you go to a place like Miramar, it does not exist on this map. For the areas it covers, it's fine. It just doesn't cover much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Bethune on January 14, 2013
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The other reviews of this map are spot on. Heavy laminated paper stock. Folds easily. Should hold up well. The color scheme depicting a green to white land mass surrounded by a light purple ocean makes it easy to orient yourself.

My only knock: this map should be a little bigger. It's only 8 inches tall and 33 inches wide. The entire country is depicted on one side, with close ups of old Havana, Varadero and Playas del Este on the other. I know Cuba is a relatively small country, but a slightly larger map with slightly larger fonts would be easier to read.

This is why I gave it four stars rather than five.

Otherwise, I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tally Esq. on February 5, 2012
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Streetwise maps are great, even if you have a GPS and iPhone (which don't work too well in Cuba). This really helped in Havana and in the countryside. Easy to fold and durable.
I have used them in other areas of the world and have never been let down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RJ Parker on May 30, 2012
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The first thing I like about the Streetwise Maps is that they are laminated. No need to worry about getting them wet, dirty, smudgy and having to replace them. When you buy one for a particular city, it should last for years. It's even possible to use a dry erase marker and simply wipe clean.

The map includes all pertinent details of the city, including of course, the streets, hospitals, shopping malls, businesses, museums and landmarks that you would otherwise not know about using a GPS system. If you have a GPS in your car, it's not much good if you're flying to different cities. These maps can be ordered ahead of time and just put them in your briefcase. I recommend this map to all travelers either for business, vacation or even if you live in the city.
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Having the map of the main areas of cuba was fantastic. We used it along with the more detailed maps in our guidebook. We had it out everyday. The lamination, not too thick, made it more practical than the paper maps and it looks as if it was never used.
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This did not help me as much in getting around Havana as did the maps in the DK Eyewitness guide. As we traveled around the country, it did give me a sense of the distances and where I was, but it was NOT helpful in navigating the various parts of Havana.
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By bonehead on February 19, 2015
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Small print but that's comes with trying to have a map for the entire city. It does not cover the western part of the city where the aquarium is. I know it would mean taking from something else, but a close-up of Old Havana would be nice
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