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Few islands excite the imagination or possess a mystique so seductive to the senses as Cuba. Famous the world over for its own brand of state socialism, Cuba is a powerful cocktail-joyous, lush and rhythmic, yet equally embattled, run-down and resilient. Here, you can marvel at its confections of well-preserved colonial architecture; enjoy its exuberant musical heritage of salsa, chachacha, mambo and son; and be intrigued by the heady nostalgia of its past. Lying just 150 km (just over 90 miles) from Key West, Florida, Cuba-the largest of the Antilles islands-is one of the United States' closest neighbors, whose long-standing embargo is one of the more enduring contradictions of history. Cuba is also on eof the most Hispanic of Caribbean nations, where the cross-infusion of African culture has created a magnificent tradition of music and dance. With the help of the Traveler's Cuba Companion, you can find and delight in the best the island has to offer, from the historic beauty of its colonial towns to its vibrant nightlife; from its still-pristine tropical beaches to the lush, fauna-rich forests of its mountains; and of course, you must sample the distractions of the island's sweet dark rum and cigars. Cuba is a place that is both compelling and irresistible, while the Cuban people themselves are among the most genuinely friendly and welcoming people you are likely to encounter anywhere.
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There seems to be a growing number of travel guides to Cuba in English; here are two more to add to the list. The thorough Traveler's guide is printed on slick paper and lavishly illustrated with excellent maps of regions and cities. It contains information on "Top Spots" to see, activities (backpacking, swimming, shopping, touring, etc), the country's history, and miscellaneous "Travelers' Tips" (on passports, money, tipping, and other useful information). Cuba is a cheaper, lighter, Canadian publication that contains much the same information as the Traveler's book. It is well written but is printed on inferior paper stock; in addition, the maps lack clarity, and the paragraph on American travelers contains some misinformation. The Traveler's guide is highly recommended but Cuba is not essential.AGeorge M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA
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Book Description Globe Pequot, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. 1st. Seller Inventory # DADAX0762702508
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