Never been to Cuba and want to feel prepared for your trip? Here is a list of books that will help take the edge off and probably have you leading the trip yourself! Books can be viewed and purchased here holbrook.travel/cubabooks. Happy reading!
Following an introductory section which reports on the state the Caribbean’s fauna and flora and conservation efforts thereon, this guide includes 600 vivid color images of 451 species of plants, birds, mammals, fish and seashells. A truly comprehensive guide to the area.
A compact and convenient guide to more than 250 birds, covering Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, Dominica, Hispanola, the Virgin Islands, San Andres, Providencia, and the Lesser Antilles. Includes 306 color photographs and maps of the region.
A compact field guide to the birds of Cuba, featuring 51 color plates, detailed species accounts, and 144 local maps. In addition, it includes a brief discussion of biogeography, habitats and birdwatching on the island.
A detailed guide to both Havana and the provinces, filled with plenty of practical information, as well as background on the slave trade, Ernest Hemingway and the Revolution.
A guide to Cuba, packed with high quality color photographs, drawings, illustrations and maps.
A detailed, comprehensive guide to travel in Cuba by the venerable British publishers of the “South American Handbook.”
A traveler’s guide to the history, nature, culture, and attractions of Cuba, thoroughly illustrated in dependable National Geographic style.
HISTORY & CULTURE
An anthology of travel writing on Cuba, beginning with 19th century writers like Anthony Trollope, John Muir and Frederic Remington and continuing on with Anais Nin and Langston Hughes. It’s full of surprising gems about baseball, the mob, rumba and revolution.
A compact overview of the history, culture and changing economy of Cuba. With frank sympathy for Castro and his enduring legacy, the authors’ give a fair and detailed assessment of the island, its contradictions and prospects for the immediate future.
Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, Sweig traces the geography, history and identity of Cuba in this admirably succinct history of the island nation and its role in world affairs.
Milstein’s beautiful collection of 100 photographs captures the colors, textures and people of vivid and gritty urban Cuba. His images provide a portrait of everyday life.
A sweeping survey of the island’s architecture, featuring three hundred gorgeous color photographs.
World class historian Hugh Thomas spent 10 years researching this monumental book. Organized chronologically, it follows Cuba from 1762 through the colonial period and the revolution to its present friendless state.