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Posted January 27, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Travel

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I have just finished reading Christopher Baker’s CUBA by Moon Handbooks. I didn’t think I needed yet another guidebook on Cuba but after reading this book, it is the ONLY guidebook I need on Cuba. I also recommend Mr. Baker’s HAVANA by Moon Handbooks. Honestly, with these two books you don’t need any other guide book. They are VERY through and cover the history, culture, travel and all that is “Cubanidad”. Full disclosure: The publisher sent me a complimentary copy of CUBA but I was not asked to write this article or even comment on the book. I have posted this because I honestly want to recommend these two books to our Havana Journal readers.

Now if we can just get some of our US politicians to read this book, they would have a better understanding of Cuba. (Text below is from Moon.com)

Acclaimed for his specialist knowledge of Cuba, veteran travel writer Christopher Baker’s Moon Cuba is the essential guide to this scenic and enigmatic country: “Cuba is made for tropical tourism: the diamond-dust beaches and bathtub warm seas the color of peacock feathers; the bottle-green mountains and jade valleys full of dramatic formations; the ancient cities, with their flower bedecked balconies, rococo churches, and palaces and castles evocative of the once mighty power of Spain. . .” Christopher’s travel strategy, Cuba by Bicycle, gives travelers the opportunity to explore the country, starting in Havana and ending at Playa Ancón, at a more leisurely pace.

Suggestions on how to plan a trip that’s perfect for you, 107 detailed and easy-to-use maps and the firsthand experience and unique perspective of author Christopher P. Baker


Christopher P. Baker was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. He received a B.A. in Geography at 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 of Cuba. He has written for more than 150 publications worldwide, including Caribbean Travel & Life, National Geographic Traveler, the Los Angeles Times, and Elle. 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.

His many books include Moon Handbooks Costa Rica, Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles, 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 seven prestigious Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards and the 1995 Benjamin Franklin Best Travel Guide Award for Moon Handbooks Costa Rica. In 2005, the Caribbean Tourism Organization named him Travel Journalist of the Year and named Moon Handbooks Cuba the Best Guidebook of 2005.

Moon Cuba
4th Edition
Christopher P. Baker
ISBN 1-56691-802-2
Avalon Travel Publishing

Moon Handbooks aren’t your average guides. For more than 30 years, these books have appealed to an eclectic group of travelers, from backpacking students to solo adventurers to families on vacation (and a budget). With expert writers delivering a mix of honest insight, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon Handbooks ensure that travelers have an uncommon and entirely satisfying experience—and a few new stories to tell. Moon is: Moon Handbooks, Moon Metro, Moon Outdoors, and Moon Living Abroad.
Visit the web site at: http://www.moon.com

Find Moon Cuba Handbook on Amazon

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 27, 2007 by CAPTAIN C

    Mr. Publisher,  Yes, you have made a ” perfecto ” recommendation on this book.  I purchased the 1st edition 10 years ago.  I start to travel to Cuba 30 years ago and Christopher Baker is still my favorite hand book on Cuba,  “” To Daisy and the indomitable Cuban people “”
      I just returned back to Canada from staying with my amigos in Matanzas and Ceibo Mocha.  The biggest complaint that I hear about living in Cuba is the “” transportation “”.  Even though 1000 buses and 100 train engines have sent from China,  it still took 3 hours for my friends to travel by bus from Cardenas to visit with us in MTZ.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on November 12, 2008 by Cubaking with 33 total posts

    As a fellow author I can assure anyone reading this that Chris baker’s Cuba handbook leaves all the pretenders in the dust of his BMW… I have read and reread them all and NO GUIDE BOOK COMES CLOSE TO THE MEAT OF CUBA HANDBOOK (MOON).

        My books have a Building Your Library section in Nature’s Ancient Religion it is 22 pages.. In my new 300 page book “Havana: My Kind of Town"due out in December, it is about 18 pages: Here is the pre edited version excerpt: from the Travrel Guide book Section:

    Travel Guide Books

    For most readers this is the first type of book one reads when they are considering a trip to a new place and Cuba is no different. With these often readers have a favorite series, such as Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Footprints or Moon. There are many series of these and I am not going to list them all. The serious traveler however knows that the same “expert” on any given book in each of the respective series is not the same. Therefore even say the Footprints team in Asia is different from their team in Europe. While each of the series is set up the same for each book in the series; the expertise of the expert varies. Also it if you are interested in price or current rather than classical information it is important to have a fresh or most recent edition in hand as opposed to an older one.
        The serious traveler knows that often the reason travelers patronize one series over the other is the format, not necessarily the particular author or team from any given region. The serious traveler though does recognize the respective authors and tends to follow them or avoid them as the case may warrant. Finally Cuba travel books have improved from when I started visiting in 1994, yet still, one book is above all others in the category:

    Cuba Handbook; Christopher P. Baker; Moon Travel Handbooks; Fourth edition, 2006. Do you remember reading about Abel Prieto (Cultural Hippy)? Well Mr. Baker had the same length hair when he arrived in Cuba with his crated BMW motorcycle ready to explore Cuba. Chris spent over a year checking out the island and it shows throughout his book. There are guide books and then there is his, nothing comes close. Readers will find a meaty accurate history touching on so many items that they will feel intimate with the island before they even arrive. Although Chris is American, he gives a nice balance of the more international view on things. Remember with anything Cuba related there is the US government hard line, the Cuba government hard line and the middle of the road realistic line that often comes from Canada or Europe for instance. Chris to his credit is passionate about giving his readers a balanced approach by putting aside the hard line.


              Best of the Rest:

    2) The Rough Guide to Cuba: Matthew Norman, Fiona McAuslan; Rough Fourth Edition October 2007

    3) Cuba Travel Guide: Brendan Sainsbury; Lonely Planet; November 2006

    4) Havana: Christopher P. Baker; Moon Handbooks; second edition 2003.

    Unfortunately, Uncle Sam’s failed policy has limited the amount of travel guides in recent years. Fodor’s last edition was 2003; Footprints 2002; Frommer’s is not my favorite, but its latest edition is January 2007 making it certainly worth a mention.

    My Cuba books are found here Havana: My Kind of Town and Nature’s Ancient Religion

  3. Follow up post #3 added on November 12, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Didn’t realize the the guide books were falling behind. Maybe President Obama will loosen the cultural travel restrictions.

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