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Cuba Handbook, by Christopher Baker.,  Moon Publications . Written by the winner of the 1995 Benjamin Franklin Award for best travel guide, this comprehensive work is by far the most outstanding guidebook ever written about travelling in Cuba. Virtually everything is coveredin this guide.  Don't leave home without this great book. To order contact

Christopher Howard's Guide to Cuban Spanish, by Christopher Howard. The only book on the subject with English translations. Loaded with good Cuban slang which can't be found anywhere else in English.  It will definitely get you on your way to speaking Cuban style Spanish. Christopher's book on Costa Rican, Colombian, Nicaraguan, Mexican and Panamanian Spanish are both best sellers. See:

Christopher Howard's New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica. Although this book is not about Cuba, its 700 pages are jam-packed with information and practical advice for anyone thinking of living in Latin America. The author has lived in Latin America for almost 40 years and all eighteen editions of this best seller reflect his expertise and knowledge about the culture.

Cuba (Eyewitness Travel Guide) by DK Publishing 2007, 336 pages.

Cuba, by Brendan Sainsbury. Lonely Planet Publications. At 520-pages this is the second-best travel guide on the subject.

Cuba Update, published by the Center for Cuban Studies, 124 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011, Tel; (2120 242-0559; Fax; (212) 242-1937. Reading this publication is an excellent way to keep up on what is happening in Cuba.

Cuba – Cultural Smart: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture, by Russell Maddicks

Cuba: Explore Cuba. The best of Havana, Varadero and Viñales. (Cuba Travel Guide, Cuba Night Life, Cuban Cigars, Cuba Embargo, Cuban Cuisine) Kindle Edition by Francis Smith (Author)

Cuba Travel Guide, by Yardley G. Castro. Featuring shops, restaurants, attractions and nightlife .

Dictionary of Cubanismos, by José Sánchez-Boudy.  Ediciones Universal, Miami, Florida.  This book is written in Spanish and contains a lot of slang and other expressions.

Fodor's Cuba, by Fodor's Travel Publications.

Frommer's Easy Guide to Cuba A good guide for the traveler by a very experienced writer.

The Freedom Handbook, a guide to Personal Freedom, Wealth and Privacy, by Charles Freeman.  Freedom Publications, P.O. Box 115, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, via Great Britian. Contains a wealth of useful information for the expatriate. This guide may be out of print.

Getting to Know Cuba: A Travel Guide, by Jane McManus. St. Martin's, New York 1989. Written by a long-time resident of Havana.

Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, by Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza, Carlos Alberto Montaner and Alvaro Vargas Llosa. This  best seller must be read by anyone in the United States or Canada who is interested in Latin America.

Havana, by Scott Doggett and David Stanley.  Lonely Planet Publications, Oakland, CA 2001. Good information but not as complete as Christopher Baker's Havana Handbook.

Havana Tips and Tricks, by Mario Rizzi

Insight Guides Cuba, this fine book offers a very graphic view of Cuba.

Lonely Planet Cuba, by Brendan Sainsbury, 544 pages.

Mi Moto Fidel: motorcycling through Castro's Cuba, by Christopher Baker.  Another gem written by Mr. Baker.  This work is a vivid account of the author's 13,000 kilometer trip around the island.

Moon Cuba, by Christopher Baker. A brilliant guide by a great travel writer.

Moon Havana by Christopher Baker. This companion guide to the best-selling Cuba Handbook is the first ever travel guidebook in English devoted exclusively to the Cuban capital.

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, by Eduardo Galeano. The title of this book says it all.

Our Man in Havana, by Graham Green. A good view of Batista’s last days.

Real Havana, Explore Cuba Like a Local and Save Money, by Mario Rizzi

Rough Guide to Cuba, by Matthew Norman

Survival Kit for Overseas Living, by L. Robert Kohls.  Intercultural Press. This book is also a 'must read' for anyone thinking about moving outside of the country. 

The Cuban Revolution by Hugh Thomas. The definitive book on the Cuban Revolution.

The Old Man and the Sea,  by Ernest Hemmingway.  Scribner's, New York.  The author won the Nobel Prize for this classic.

The Rough Guide to Cuba, by Fiona McAusian and Matt Norman. 585 pages of very good information.

Top 10 Cuba (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) by Christopher Baker (Author), Tony Souter (Photographer)

Trading with the Enemy, by Tom Miller.  Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, NY.  Good account of Cuban life in the early 90's.


Official Guide to
Cuban Spanish

Official Guide to Cuban Spanish

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"I always keep this book on my tablet so that I can maneuver through Cuba’s linguistic maze."

Max Gómez, Cuba Scout, Travel Expert

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