Rum & Reggae's Cuba
It’s human nature. You always want what you can’t have. For more than 40 years, Americans have been forbidden from traveling to the largest of the Caribbean islands. Partly a relic of Cold War policies and mostly due to a blood feud between politically all-too-powerful Cuban-American exiles in Florida and Fidel Castro, Americans are banned from Cuba (actually, we are prohibited from spending money in Cuba). Our Canadian and British readers scratch their heads at this ridiculous embargo. But all we have to say is “the 2000 presidential election and the Florida fiasco” for them to realize how much influence the Cuban Americans hold on American politics. So, as long as Castro is alive and in power, it looks as though the ban on American travel will hold.

Uh, okay, then why do more than 100,000 Yanks visit Cuba each year? Ah ha! That’s why you need to buy Rum & Reggae’s Cuba. While we don’t ever advocate breaking any laws, there are legitimate ways to see this oh-s0-fascinating country. Cultural exchange programs are just one of the avenues through which to see Cuba. But you’ll need to read this book to find the way that’s best for you. Cuba, for obvious reasons, is a very challenging place to visit, and the Canadians, Brits, and Americans who travel to this very Spanish-speaking nation of 11 million-plus need to be savvy and knowledgeable before departing on their trip. We’ve done the work for you. All you need to do is read this book first, tuck it into your bag and keep it with you. Rum & Reggae’s Cuba is your passport to a fun and hassle-free vacation.

Rum & Reggae’s Cuba is the only book you will need for your trip. Everything you need to know is in these pages. We provide the inside scoop on Cuba, every worthwhile place to see (and which ones to avoid), as well as the 411 on accommodations, restaurants, nightlife, activities, and more. And we give you the freedom and flexibility to make discoveries all your own. If we like something, you’ll know it. If we don’t, duck! So let Rum & Reggae be your guide to your own experience in the land of Ricky Ricardo.
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About the Author
JONATHAN RUNGE is the author of 18 travel books: Rum & Reggae's Puerto Rico (2007), Rum & Reggae's Caribbean (2006), Rum & Reggae's Costa Rica (2006); Rum & Reggae's Brazil (2005); Rum & Reggae's French Caribbean (2005); Rum & Reggae's Grenadines, Including St. Vincent and Grenada (2003); Rum & Reggae's Virgin Islands (2003); Rum & Reggae's Caribbean (2002); Rum & Reggae's Jamaica (2002); Rum & Reggae's Puerto Rico (2002); Rum & Reggae's Dominican Republic (2002); Rum & Reggae's Cuba (2002); Rum & Reggae's Hawai'i (2001); Rum & Reggae's Caribbean 2000 (2000); Rum & Reggae: The Insider's Guide to the Caribbean (Villard Books, 1993); Hot on Hawai'i: The Definitive Guide to the Aloha State (St. Martin's Press, 1989); Rum & Reggae: What's Hot and What's Not in the Caribbean (St. Martin's Press, 1988); and Ski Party!: The Skier's Guide to the Good Life, co-authored with Steve Deschenes (St. Martin's Press, 1985). Jonathan has also written for Men's Journal, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Out, Skiing, Boston, and other magazines.