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Moon Cuba (Moon Handbooks) Paperback – October 26, 2010

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Christopher P. Baker was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. He received a B.A. in geography from University College, London, and masters 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 of Cuba and Costa Rica, about which he has written 10 books. He has contributed to more than 150 publications worldwide, including Caribbean Travel & Life, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, The Robb Report, and the Los Angeles Times. Christopher 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 Costa Rica 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 Travel Journalist of the Year from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2008, and the Caribbean Tourism Organization in 2005.

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Product Details

  • Series: Moon Handbooks
  • Paperback: 684 pages
  • Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing; 5 edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598805282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598805284
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas D. Kehoe on January 26, 2007
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I've been to Cuba seven times. I met my wife on the second trip. 99% of tourists never leave the resorts, except for an excursion to Habana Viejo (Havana's old city). Most of the guidebooks are for those people, presenting only the places that tourists go. Of those guidebooks the Lonely Planet guidebook (Sainsbury, 4th ed.) is the best.

Only one guidebook covers every pueblito on the island. My 4th edition of the Christopher Baker's Moon Handbook is falling apart from too much use. I'm ordering the 5th edition for my trip in a few weeks. The Moon guide is not only complete, it is a pleasure to read. Baker is a fine writer. The photos and maps are excellent too. The history of Cuba in the back is better than some of the history books I've read. If you want to go to Cuba's less popular national parks (i.e., not Vinales or Topos de Collantes) you'll have to get Baker's guidebook, as this is the only book that covers the undeveloped national parks.

I liked Baker's guidebook so much that I read "Mi Moto Fidel," his book about writing the first edition of the Moon guidebook. My only complaint about the Moon guidebook is that it makes me want to take six months and see all the amazing places he describes. Also, my wife and Cuban in-laws are continually shocked at the out of the way places I want to see. They just want to go to a resort and lie by the pool (they weren't allowed to enter resorts until a couple years ago, so this is a dream to them). I want to go see something the Baker found -- an American fighter-bomber that was shot down in the Bay of Pigs invasion, miles down a rugged trail; or hire an ornithologist to go into a swamp to see a bee hummingbird (the world's smallest bird); or hire a guide to explore the Gran Caverna de San Tomas, Cuba's biggest cave.
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SMALLER THAN BEFORE: Previous reviewers gushed about its detail (especially in comparison with LP). I was a bit puzzled initially, until an owner of a casa particular showed me the 2006 edition, which was massive in comparison. It is now much humbler-sized and thus skimpier in the details.

SURPRISINGLY OUTDATED: Though it's listed as being published in Nov 2010, information was not always up to date. (I was in Cuba Dec 2010-Jan 2011.) No surprise, since it's written by one man, and it takes probably a year (or more) to thoroughly research the sizeable island of Cuba. (Other guidebooks suffer from the same.) Nonetheless it is still (at least in Jan 2011) the most up-to-date book.

DOESN'T HELP TO SAVE MONEY: Christopher Baker is also a man of somewhat expensive tastes. True, anyone on a shoestring budget shouldn't be going to Cuba which is very expensive. Nonetheless, it is astounding to read his claim that "There is very little that you will need pesos for."
e.g. food: The book never mentions where you can find panaderias, decent street pizzas/batidos/sandwiches, fruit and vegetable markets, etc. In Havana especially one can save a lot of money by going to these places. True, these are all very limited in variety and of dubious quality (more so outside of Havana), but sometimes it's OK, especially considering how much you can save. e.g. A large loaf of bread is 3 pesos, and a "small" avocado (at least as big as the biggest ones you can find in the US and much sweeter) is 7 pesos - that's a meal for 40 cents CUC. Compare this with any paladar where a meal costs usually 5-10 CUC at least.
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I heard this author interviewed recently by Rick Steves and his unbridled enthusiasm for Cuba (as it is today) really tempted me to go. His book gives advice about places to see if you only have a limited time (and, as tourists, we only have limited time) and the considerations for Americans about how to go legally are very practical. The book has web sites to use to reserve the required first 3 nights in Cuba and tips on where to stay, what the currency is, and all the things you'd want to know about any first-world country ... and he adds honest comments about the poor infrastructure and the poverty in the country.
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I've literally been around the world backpacking with Lonely Planet guides and like them a lot for budget travel. This is my first experience with Moon and I like this one better. I also ordered the Lonely Planet Cuba guide at the same time and they were released in October and November, '06 so they're comparable in that sense. The Moon is a little heavier which is a consideration if you're traveling light, but that's not insurmountable.
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If ever you needed a guide CUBA is where you need it. Internet connections are hard to find, very slow and you often need to wait in line for a terminal. A few private houses (casas particulares)have connections and may, may, let you use their computer but it is with a dial-up connection. Thus, for those who are fans of great sites like Tripadvisor or Yahoo travel you are SOL. Thus, get a guide or even two if you are going to Cuba.

That said I took two Cuba guides with me for my three weeks traveling the island: Rough Guides (see review) and Moon Handbook: Cuba. Both are great guides and I do recommend both if you can afford it, but if I had to choose just one guide, I would take Moon.

Moon's maps are great and easy to navigate. The handbook's restaurant and accommodation recommendations are very reliable and accurate (I found them to be better than Rough Guides). Unlike the codes used by Rough Guide all accommodations are priced out. The guide has a great history, government & economy sections... and a pensive section on Cuban Society. Christopher Baker's writing is clear and often candid, ie. "Varadero, the artificial Cuba frequented by budget-minded Canadian and European charter groups... lacks vitality. At night the onshore breeze brings rotten-egg fumes from the petrochemical works... more importantly, it bears no relation to Cuban reality."

It comes up short regarding the scuba diving section (Rough Guide is excellent) and does not have as many recommendations for restaurants or accommodations as Rough Guide. That said this is a great guide and you will not go wrong using taking it with you. Highly recommended. Footnote, I also recommend that you take with you 'Cuba: What Everybody Needs to Know' by Julia Sweig... this is an excellent overview of Cuba in all regards.
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