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Frommer's Caribbean Ports of Call (Frommer's Complete Guides) Paperback – October 5, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Curacao's pastel, Dutch-colonial waterside houses showcase its Dutch heritage. See chapter 5.
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
Christina Paulette Colón's great passions in life are nature and travel. She has been everywhere from Borneo where she studied a critter called the civet to Belize where she did her master’s thesis in a jaguar preserve. With a Ph.D. in ecology, an MA in environmental education, and a string of publications, she is an academic, an educator, and an author. When not exploring tropical rainforests, coral reefs, or sandy beaches, she can be found exploring the wilder side of New York City, which she calls home. In addition to scientific, educational, and academic works, she has contributed to and authored numerous travel guides, including Frommer's Portable Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao and Frommer’s Caribbean.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm familiar with all but one of the destinations, and I'm leaving from my home port. My principal reason for buying the book is to learn about cruising, which I've never done before. Although, I have to say, that it was handy to know the differences between flying into an island and sailing in, admission costs, hours of operation, average prices for various services such as taxis, rentals, etc. All the information is up to date and practical.
Judging from the coverage given to the locations that I'm familiar with, and assuming that the locations that I'm not familiar with are equally well covered, the author has done her homework very well. I didn't find any inaccuracies; she exercised good common sense in prioritizing the kind of attraction that might appeal to a wide gamut of interests in the short time available in port. Of course, again, there are no critical comments; everything is ranked about the same, as if the only criteria were personal preference.
I assumed that, since I'm taking my kindle loaded with all my reading material, it would make sense to have the travel guide there as well. This is the first time I've done this and am not sure if I'll do that again. (Reasons listed below).
* No index, no table of contents (just a listing of contents). You have to use the search function, which doesn't give you an idea how the book is organized or let you casually come across information that you didn't know to specifically search for (unless you read the whole book or bookmark and highlight extensively).
* The author may refer to Chapter 5 in an earlier chapter, and it's no easy job to get there and find your way back to where you were.It is also time consuming to skip whole chapters, screen-by-screen, which don't pertain to you.
* Charts and maps, which by their nature have small print, cannot be enlarged, which means you need a magnifying glass to read them. The fact that the page size has been reduced in order to fit on a 6" screen and everything is in black and white makes matters worse. (Fortunately, Frommer's provides a website where e-reader customers can download & print the maps. It's in the introductory pages, be sure to check for it.)
But, on the whole, regardless of which medium you choose, it is an excellent book that addressed all my reasons for buying it.
The acid test for this book will come when I take the cruise: were the recommendations good or not?