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    1. The Naked Truth About Hedonism
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    2. Sailors Guide to the Windward
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    3. The Gentleman's Guide to Passages
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    4. Fodor's Caribbean 2005 (Fodor's
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    5. A Trip to the Beach : Living on
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    6. Frommer's Caribbean 2005
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    7. Cuban Elegance
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    8. Lonely Planet Cuba (Lonely Planet
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    10. The Abaco Guide: A Cruising Guide
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    20. Bermuda A World Apart

    1. The Naked Truth About Hedonism II (2nd Edition, Updated for 2004)
    by Chris Santilli
    list price: $22.95
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    Asin: 0966268334
    Catlog: Book (2003-05)
    Publisher: Scarlett, Oh! Publishing
    Sales Rank: 42933
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    What Happens in Jamaica, Stays in Jamaica?

    Except in this tell-all, cheeky guide to the world's naughtiest resort, Hedonism II.

    Everyone returns from Hedonism II with at least one good story no one at home believes.

    Is Hedonism II a retirement home for worn-out swingers? Is it a testosterone tour-de-force with too few eligible single women to clamor over? Is it a cult that sucks away all your vacation time? Well, the last one might be true.

    Learn why Hedonism II has a 90% repeat guest rate--the highest of any Caribbean hotel--even though the facilities are tired, the food is mediocre, and the beach sand hurts your feet--if you are still standing after a week.

    The Hedo myths:

    Only young singles go to Hedonism II. People walk around naked everywhere. Open sex is rampant. Someone will try to steal your wife.

    Every myth has its truth...but Hedonism II is 50% couples--and most guests are over 30, full nudity is only allowed on one beach, the hotel does not condone public sex (but it happens), and your wife--well, that's her choice. But at Hedo you will see what you've never seen before. And you might do it too.

    Here are the truths and tips that will make your vacation to Hedonism II the most fun trip you'll ever take--again and again. FYI: The resort Hedonism II did not authorize this book; the book includes the good, bad and the ugly. Although the resort's owners tried to stop distribution of the 1st ed. of the book in federal court in 1998, the author enjoys Hedonism II as a vacation destination and continues to travel there regularly on her annual "Naked Truth Tour" that is not affiliated with the resort. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Naked Truth About Hedonism II (2nd Edition, Updated)
    I recommend this easy read to both Hedo veterans and potential guests. The repeaters will recognize themselves and their adventures and the future repeat guests will thank Chris for not only the helpful hints on the basics, but for the frank, funny, and somewhat outrageous tales that occur at Hedonism on a daily basis. No one could make these things up. I have several favorite stories from the book about various couples meeting the loves of their lives there. We (spouse and I) have been to many weddings of Hedo couples.....some in Jamaica and others here in the US, but these same couples return year after year. I only wish the book was available for our first trip to Hedo in May of 1984. We didn't have pins or belts for toga night. Now on our 40th trip, we are much better prepared. Some things come with experience, but having an 'unofficial guide' certainly helped!
    Fun read, good information, very entertaining.......what more could you ask for?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever read
    Prior to my first trip to Hedonism II, I purchased the book. I read it 6 times before my arrival. Every day I was there something I experienced was followed by the words "just like in the book". The book really hits the nail on the head. I knew exactly what to expect and not expect. I've made 5 trips there so far and I have to thank the author for writing such an informative book. Even if you have no plans of going there, you'll laugh your butt off reading the stories about what goes on at Hedo II

    4-0 out of 5 stars Like being there all over again!
    This book was very informative and really details what the Hedo vacation can be. The storys from the guests were very funny. I truly felt like I was back at Hedo while I was reading this book. I can't wait until my next Hedo vacation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars good info for any all inclusive vacation
    This is the first travel book I've read that didn't put me into a coma. Each page I laughed. Each page I learned. This book supplied the answers to the questions unasked. Woodies, Wallys, (...) checks for toilet paper, floating members (hell, I've had one all my life and didn't realize it floats), etiquette, all inclusive tipping and much more. I realize how little I knew when I first vacationed "all inclusive". This book isn't just for those interested in Hedo Resorts, Jamaica, or any all inclusive vacation; This book can stand alone for "a good read". I must return to Jamaica to put my new found knowledge to work.... They need me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good.
    I've been to Hedonism and LOVED it, so when I came across this book, I had to buy it to see if it was accurate. It was. In fact, I wish I had bought the book before my trip. I'd recommend it if you're considering going to Hedonism and I'd also recommed "Swinging for Beginners", too becuase it also has one chapter (small) on Hedo. But this one definitely needs to be read before you go. ... Read more


    2. Sailors Guide to the Windward Islands
    by Chris Doyle, Nancy Scott
    list price: $26.95
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    Asin: 094442872X
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-30)
    Publisher: Cruising Guide Pubns
    Sales Rank: 270507
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Covering the islands from Martinique to Grenada with beautiful scenic photography, this book is by far the most popular guide to this area. The new 12th edition includes many clear detailed sketch charts based on the author's own surveys, and aerial photos of most anchorages. Clear and concise navigational information includes GPS waypoints that can be downloaded directly to your GPS from the author's website. This guide is unsurpassed for its onshore information with sections on exploring, provisioning, eating out, services, water sports and photography. ... Read more

    Reviews (2)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Too many adverts
    Doyle's info was very good and the color arial photos and mini charts are very usefull. The book is 9 inches by 6 inches and has 400 pages, however if you were to remove the advertizments and touristy photos you would probably end up with about 275 pages of usefull info.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Rare combination of useful advice and humor
    As a frequent user of cruising guides, I appreciate how rare is the combination of useful, detailed advice and a sense of humor.Chris Doyle does it here, and every traveler (or prospective traveler) to theGrenadines should get this guide.It's not just for sailors. ... Read more


    3. The Gentleman's Guide to Passages South, 8th ed.
    by Bruce Van Sant
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0944428665
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
    Publisher: Cruising Guide Publications
    Sales Rank: 43177
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Van Sant has sailed the windward passages between Florida and Venezuela for many years. Here, in this brand new edition, he details how sailors can cruise to weather in relative comfort and safety. Includes many sketch charts and GPS coordinates. A wealth of information for the sailor who would rather take it slow and easy en route to paradise. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
    If you are planning to cruise the Bahamas and Virgins - Van Sant is as important as your GPS. Don't leave home without it. Then, USE IT. Follow his advice - to the letter. The "Gentleman Cruiser" knows of what he speaks. He's been there-done it-and has the t-shirt (or knowledge - if you will).

    I have a Captain's license and have taught navagation, safe boating and Rules of the Road - and was associated with a very active USCG Aux. flotilla before adopting the crusing life. Van Sant's description of weather, air and patterns is undoubtedly the best I have ever come across. I have recommended that his narrative be used for the Auxilliary Weather classes. Boy am I glad that he did not listen to the "nay sayers" and delete that portion. If you plan to cruise - pay special attention to that section.

    Happy sailing and may the wind be always on ur beam.~~~__/)~~~
    Capt. Carrole Ward and Noel Robbins, LCDR, USN (Ret.)
    aboard S/V Cassandra

    5-0 out of 5 stars It will change your cruising style
    I have just completed my old copy of Van Sant's book and will never look at cruising the same way again. My wife and I have lived on our 49 foot sailing catamaran, Millennium Dragon for the past 2 years. After reading the earlier version, I am convinced we must slow down and "wait for weather". This is not only a sailing guide to cruising south, it is a major work on adjusting your attitude regarding passages and how to reach your destination in comfort. I have just purchased the updated version to look for additional pearls of wisdom. Van Sant is opinionated and direct but very entertaining and informative. You will either love or hate the man but read the book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Gentelmen's Guide to Passages South
    One can easly find fault with the presentation of the information contained in this book, but to get beyond that is a small price to pay for the wealth of knowledge and wisdom shared in its pages. I read the book four times cover to cover and am not done with it yet. For one as myself, a competent local-waters sailor about to venture off to distant lands, the book was the bridge between the dream and the plan of action. The author paints a very clear picture of the hard lessons one is destined to experience beating into the trade winds in search of paradise; but more importantly, how to avoid learning these lessons the hard way. His strategy of route selection and timing masterfully minimizes the adverse effects that weather, wind, and wave can have on boat and crew.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Read it for fun, not information
    The book is read by everyone and has some useful advise for the novice and experienced cruiser alike. The book would have been well served by an editor who forced the information into an organized format, removed the repetition, and took abit of the "huff" out of his "voice". Yes, the book's voice makes clear how superior the author is and how put out he is by the idiots with whom he must share the water. This guy has an attitude. Best advice in book is concept of staging prior to passage. Not enough information on the actual passages, ie. nautical information rather than what his general experience has been.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'd have been on a reef somewhere without it!
    Got my first copy as very green wannabe cruiser, it was just some photocopied papers then. I've had every new addition since, and it's still not only a great source of advice, but also a lot of fun to read! It's still (after 15 years in the Caribbean) the first book I get out when I want to go somewhere. ... Read more


    4. Fodor's Caribbean 2005 (Fodor's Caribbean)
    by Fodor's
    list price: $22.95
    our price: $15.61
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    Asin: 1400014077
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-24)
    Publisher: Fodor's
    Sales Rank: 14931
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    5. A Trip to the Beach : Living on Island Time in the Caribbean
    by MELINDA BLANCHARD, ROBERT BLANCHARD
    list price: $13.00
    our price: $9.75
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    Asin: 060980748X
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-20)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Sales Rank: 6757
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This is the true story of a trip to the beach that never ends. It's about a husband and wife who escape civilization to build a small restaurant on an island paradise -- and discover that even paradise has its pitfalls. It's a story filled with calamities and comedy, culinary disasters and triumphs, and indelible portraits of people who live and work on a sliver of beauty set in the Caribbean Sea. It's about the maddening, exhausting, outlandish complications of trying to live the simple life -- and the joy that comes when you somehow pull it off.

    The story begins when Bob and Melinda Blanchard sell their successful Vermont food business and decide, perhaps impulsively, to get away from it all. Why not open a beach bar and grill on Anguilla, their favorite Caribbean island? One thing leads to another and the little grill turns into an enchanting restaurant that quickly draws four-star reviews and a celebrity-studded clientele eager for Melinda's delectable cooking. Amid the frenetic pace of the Christmas "high season," the Blanchards and their kitchen staff -- Clinton and Ozzie, the dancing sous-chefs; Shabby, the master lobster-wrangler; Bug, the dish-washing comedian -- come together like a crack drill team. And even in the midst of hilarious pandemonium, there are moments of bliss.

    As the Blanchards learn to adapt to island time, they become ever more deeply attached to the quirky rhythms and customs of their new home. Until disaster strikes: Hurricane Luis, a category-4 storm with two-hundred-mile-an-hour gusts, devastates Anguilla. Bob and Melinda survey the wreckage of their beloved restaurant and wonder whether leaving Anguilla, with its innumerable challenges, would be any easier than walking out on each other. Affectionate, seductive, and very funny, A Trip to the Beach is a love letter to a place that becomes both home and escape.



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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Armchair Trip to Anguilla
    Melinda and Bob Blanchard have written a wonderful account of the trials and tribulations of building, maintaining, and operating a restaurant on a tiny Caribbean island.

    When these adventurous folks found themselves more or less out of business in Vermont(their gourmet food business had failed) they decided to chuck it all and retreat to the Caribbean.

    They tell a fascinating story that includes all of the obstacles that a restaurant patron might never think of when sitting down to a meal at Blanchards restaurant: the need to buy building materials and all of the supplies such as tables, linens, dishes, glassware, etc. in Miami and have everything shipped in; the difficulty of finding competent help; the daily struggle to get perishables sent to the island; the vagaries and dangers of the weather.

    Despite many setbacks and problems, Melinda, who narrates this book, never whines about their circumstances. Their love for the way of life overshadows everything else. It was so interesting to read about how they conquered the myriad obstacles along the way (lack of water, cooking for a full house with no electricity one night, growing flowers and shrubs in an area with little rain, finding a house at a reasonable price on a resort island).

    I also liked learning some of the history and government of this island and how it arrived at its present status.

    A lovely trip!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't want the "Trip" to end!!
    I envy the enthusiasm and energy to fulfill all the Blanchards dreams. I appreciated the Blanchards sensitivity towards all the people they met in Anguilla and how they made the tiny island their home. I've read many books about the Caribbean and enjoyed this the best.It was easy to associate myself with the book and Anquilla after spending a memorable day there myself. As a frequent visitor to St. Martin, I would one day like to return and have dinner at Blanchards. I encouraged my wife to read "A Trip to the Beach" and hope she'll feel the same way I did after reading it.As I read, all I kept telling my wife was, "I don't want this book to end". She interrupted me several times to look at the great recipes. I think the book describes the tranquility and unhurried life on Anguilla very well. It makes me want to return. I only wish, that someday, we will be able to spend time connecting with the people as they did, rather then doing the tourist thing. I am looking forward to an update. I think "Tales from the Beach" should be their next book title.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Blundering into success
    This book is a journal of the first year in the lives of a couple who decide to cash in their chips, sell their house in Vermont, and start a restaurant in Anguilla. Although they've had some experience in the food service industry before, having started a reasonably successful company that makes bottled sauces, they had no idea about the challenges that might face them when trying to run a business in a foreign country and culture.

    Their first task upon arrival in Anguilla was to find a suitable location for their restaurant. They soon discovered that the way to find a property in Anguilla is not through a real estate office, but through connections and backroom deals, sealed with a handshake. As they moved on to the renovations and supply stage of their business, they were shocked to find out that they couldn't just run down to the local Home Depot to get construction materials. Slowly, they became aware that things are done differently in Anguilla, and one reason why prices for tourists are so high is that most everything must be shipped in from Miami and pass customs at great expense.

    It's very fortunate for them that Melinda is a great cook and Robert is handy and knowledgeable in so many areas, and most important of all, that they have a healthy relationship based on trust and wanting to keep each other happy. Many people would never have the courage to even attempt what the Blanchards have done- -they would sit down first, make some calculations on the back of a napkin, check with the local business people to find out about tax laws and suppliers, and give up before they ever got started, realizing that the venture would be hopeless. But the Blanchards aren't planners, they don't agonize over what disasters the future may bring, and as a result, with fortune smiling upon them, their little business venture seems to fit in fine in Anguilla.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
    The Blanchards did a wonderful job relating their experiences (both the good and the not-so-good) as new residents/business owners in Anguilla. Though I have never been to this particular island, I was captivated by their story and the delightful descriptions of the land and people. I had a hard time putting it down and was sad when it ended. I actually found myself entertaining thoughts of picking up and moving to the Caribbean! A great read all around.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Trip to the Beach
    This book was well written and gave a fantastic depiction of life in the caribbean. I am a beach lover and enjoyed this book immensely while vacationing in the carribbean. I purchased this book as a "beach book" and was not disappointed. I have recommended this book to numerous family members and friends. Even if you are not able to travel this book will definitely be a great "Trip to the Beach". ... Read more


    6. Frommer's Caribbean 2005
    by DarwinPorter, DanforthPrince
    list price: $21.99
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    Asin: 0764570633
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-16)
    Publisher: Frommers
    Sales Rank: 18296
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    Book Description

    Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's Caribbean features gorgeous color photos of the stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and colorful coral gardens that await you. There are dozens of islands and hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so our guide compares all the options, helping you find the tropical getaway that's right for you. We've included web addresses for every hotel, so you can check out pictures as you make your decision. Inside you'll find in-depth, honest reviews of lavish honeymoon resorts, intimate inns, family-friendly motels and condo complexes, and more, with selections in every price category.

    We'll point you to the loveliest secluded beaches, and send you to the best places for snorkeling, diving, golf, sailing, tennis, deep-sea fishing, and more. You'll also get a complete shopper's guide, and up-to-date coverage of the hottest nightlife in the region, from glittering casinos and sizzling reggae clubs to funky beach bars. You'll even find an up-to-date cruise planner, tips on finding the best package deals, and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap. ... Read more


    7. Cuban Elegance
    by Michael Connors
    list price: $40.00
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    Asin: 0810943379
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 12887
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    At a time when more and more travelers are discovering Cuba, which has been locked away from the outside world for more than 40 years, this lavishly illustrated, absorbing volume offers a completely different view of the island from the one seen by most visitors. This book presents not the picturesque Cuba of Castro's era with its derelict buildings and peeling paint, but the opulent world of the Spanish Creole aristocracy of the colonial period, which has continued to influence Cuban taste and cultural life on a more modest scale even to this day.

    Emphasizing the palatial homes and elegant furnishings of the island's enormously rich sugar, cotton, and tobacco barons, Cuban Elegance relates the social, cultural, architectural, and interior design history of Cuba, and of the Caribbean region in general. With an engaging text and gorgeous photographs taken especially for this sumptuous volume, Cuban Elegance offers a fresh, surprising perspective on an intriguing country. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos and fine writing about Cuban furniture
    This book is the first comprehensive review of Cuban furniture from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century. Connors and Buck, the author and photographer, spent months touring Cuba and doing detective work to gain access to relics of past eras.

    Connors stays clear of the contentious times of Cuba, avoiding this battleground of American politics over the past 50 years. He gained the cooperation of American and Cuban authorities, no mean feat, and produces a veritable feast. He also used archives and collections of Cuban artifacts from other Caribbean countries to gain this masterful view which he presents in a prose that is descriptive but not ornate.

    The color and style of Cuban furniture needs only an honest narrative for its story to be told. Connors cites Hispanic-Moorish, African and French influences on the many pieces of furniture sited in rooms lit through mamparas (tinted glass swinging doors) and mediopuntos (fanlights, semicircular windows made of complex forms of stained and plain glass set above doors and windows) of old Cuban haciendas.

    This is a beautiful book designed to bring a touch of our hemisphere's elegant beauty into everyone's living room and even our lives. It does to ours and to anyone who owns it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cuban Elegance
    Cuban Elegance is one of those rare books that combines gorgeous photography with knowledgeable scholarship about the architecture, furniture and decorative arts it features. So often, books that are big on style are fluff to read, and books that are written by academics are heavy going and not fun to look at. As someone who writes in this field, I appreciate when people get it right. Michael Connors and Bruce Buck nailed it on this one -- the images throughout the book are as beautiful as the one on the cover, and the text is informative, readable and engaging. They have made it possible for people to have a glimpse of an incredible world that so few get to see -- 500 years of Cuban history and culture as expressed in buildings and their furnishings. Five stars. As folks in the antiques business say, this one's a keeper. ... Read more


    8. Lonely Planet Cuba (Lonely Planet Cuba)
    by Conner Gorry, David Stanley
    list price: $21.99
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    Asin: 1740591208
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 46588
    Average Customer Review: 3.65 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Features: the most comprehensive guidebook available for independent travellers; detailed information from the off-the-beaten track destinations to luxury resorts and everything in between; comprehensive historical and political background information; full-colour, easy-to-use country map highlighted with points of interest; and contains detailed advice for travellers of all budgets. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with a Lonely Planet guide
    I have just returned to Norway after backpacking around in Latin America for a year (of course accompanied by all the Lonely Planet books). I do not claim to be an expert, but I do know what I am looking for in a travel guide.

    The Cuba guide is a good, complete guide. Filled with information, history and beautiful pictures about almost every corner of this gorgeous country. Reading the whole book gives you a good update on your history and geography knowledge! (Something to do if you are trekking around by bus and train like I did!)

    I particularly enjoyed the facts about Cuba and the story of Cuba. It is obvious that the author of this guide David Stanley has a passion for the country, and that he is very knowledgeable when it comes to Cuba and its' political history.

    The information given is good, and I found it to be very accurate. An advantage was of course that this guide came out in July 2000 and I visited Cuba in October the same year so the guide had just been updated!

    I can recommend both Cuba and this guide....

    5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding work, despite inevitable local restrictions
    It is not easy to write a book about Cuba, whether it be a book on politics and society, or whether it be simply a travel guidebook. Cuba remains a communist island under the iron fist of a minority, and all research work, all travel, all writing, is closely scrutinized by the central apparatus. Despite the restrictions he must have met in such a situation, author David Stanley has produced a truly outstanding work, a perfect guide for the traveler who may wish to go to Cuba for the most disparate reasons, from sightseeing to good food, from snorkeling to biking, etc. David has truly been throughout the island, getting to know all its cities and places far better than a local. Well done ! It will be hard to replace, with a book, the emotions, the warmth, the spirit of Cuba which can only be found on the island itself. Nevertheless, this book is certainly very close to achieving that, and will be a true companion throguhout your journey to this wonderful Caribbean island, the star of the Caribbean, the biggest of the Antilles, as it has been called on different occasions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best guide by far
    This LP guide is the best for information, history, prices and a good unbiased account of the Cuba-US relationship. This is far better than the Moon guide, the only exception is that the maps try and cram a lot in a small place -bigger maps please. But this is an minor grumble. I travelled around Cuba by myself speaking no Spanish and found my LP to be my second-best friend (after my Cuban hosts). Go to Cuba & take LP with you.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't go in depth
    I just studied in Cuba for four months, with a group of 20 other students, which gave me the opportunity to look over almost all of the Cuba guidebooks on the market. Lonely Planet was definitely the worst...if you're only going to be in Cuba for a few days, then it's fine. But if you want to really learn about the country's fascinating history and culture, don't opt for LP. I was one of two students to buy the Moon Handbook, and the other students were constantly borrowing it, because their Lonely Planet books just didn't have enough information.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Written by a wanna-be political writer
    Of the three major publishers of Cuba guidebooks (Moon Handbook, Fodors and Lonely Planet), I found the Lonely Planet guide the least useful. The maps are terrible and (be warned) inaccurrate for driving outside Havana. The most recent edition is outdated in many respects, with museums and hotels having been much changed since this edition was published.

    Then, there's the book's politics. And the reason that I mention the politics in this book is because they are not just merely in the political or history sections of the book, but that the author permeates even the descriptions of the attractions throughout the island with his all-too-rabid political thoughts. In a rather unorthodox (and well-hidden) forward to a travel guidebook, the author writes, "I admit I'm sometimes politically incorrect... The negative approach usualy taken by the US mass media certainly doesn't foster understanding." Frankly, neither does this book. I have never thought that The New York Times nor The Washington Post have been particularly supportive of the embargo, nor of the CIA's highly negative actions in Latin America.

    As a left-leaning American who is staunchly anti-embargo, I still found the writings in this book warped and unnessarily anti-American. The politics in this book are staunchly pro-Castro and do not begin to offer the more balanced accounts of Cuba in Fodor's and Moon (both of which discuss the good as well as the bad in Castro's Cuba). It seems the author did not remotely try to understand American politics, that the majority of the American people are and have been against the embargo for quite some time, and that the embargo continues to be in force mainly AND ironically because of the strong political clout of Cuban-American exiles in Miami (by contrast, these facts do appear in Fodor's and Moon).

    I came away from Cuba feeling that the Revolution in Cuba has created much that is good for its people, but also that its citizens are denied freedom of speech and the press, and that everyone is in a state of poverty. I found Costa Rica, for example, as equally and proudly independent as Cuba, with similar good literacy and health care as Cuba, but also with a free press and a higher standard of living than Cuba. Cuba, in fact, should logically have a higher standard of living than Costa Rica since the former was heavily subsidized by the USSR for decades.

    But you cannot escape the author's America bashing in the Lonely Planet guide, nor the rampant politics. For a more balanced approach, and a much better guide to the attractions, try the Fodor's or Moon guides. ... Read more


    9. Frommer's
    by DarwinPorter, DanforthPrince
    list price: $16.99
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    Asin: 0764570668
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-02)
    Publisher: Frommers
    Sales Rank: 15901
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    You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go— they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

    Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's Bahamas 2005 features gorgeous color photos of the magnificent white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and schools of brilliant tropical fish that await you. Inside you'll get complete details on the major resort areas of Nassau, Cable Beach, Paradise Island, and Freeport/Lucaya, with candid reviews of the best resorts, restaurants, casinos, and attractions. Then we'll take you to the Out Islands, where you can find the perfect place to get away from it all on a your own stretch of secluded white sands. In every destination, you'll find complete details on beaches, snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing, golf, and other active adventures-plus the best beach bars and the top restaurants for authentic, spicy island cuisine. Whether you want an elegant honeymoon hideaway or an affordable family resort, Frommer's Bahamas 2005 can help you plan the island getaway that's right for you. You'll even get a color fold-out map, a complete cruise guide, and tips on find the best package deals. ... Read more


    10. The Abaco Guide: A Cruising Guide to the Northern Bahamas Including Grand Bahama, the Bight of Abaco, and the Abacos
    by Stephen J. Pavlidis
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 1892399024
    Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
    Publisher: Seaworthy Publications Inc.
    Sales Rank: 106088
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Stephen P Has Been There and Done It
    I have cruised the Bahamas aboard all kinds of small boats for over 30 years, and I wouldn't go without Stephen P's books. There have been many Bahamas cruising guides written but many fall far short of the complete story.
    Stephen P. has spent many years in the Bahamas. His guide info is virtually faultless. His charts are the best and amazingly accurate. This is not always the case with other guides. His stories and "local knowlege" is historic. He spends countless hundreds of hours on sight to obtain the information needed to produce a really good guide. He is an active ham radio operator so you can talk to him anytime and discuss his works.
    I guess it's obvious that I love the Guide. Stephen Crow K4CPX ... Read more


    11. Frommer's
    by DarwinPorter, DanforthPrince
    list price: $16.99
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    Asin: 076457065X
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-16)
    Publisher: Frommers
    Sales Rank: 57684
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    An in-depth guide to the best of Bermuda, from its pink-sand beaches to honeymoon hotels
    * Bermuda ranked #5 in Modern Bride's survey of top honeymoon destinations, and our guide highlights the top honeymoon resorts
    * Our unique, easy-to-use chart compares the amenities of all the hotels we review, including the recently completed super-deluxe hotel at Tucker's Point Club
    * Includes full-color photo insert and giant foldout map
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    12. Frommer's
    by DarwinPorter, DanforthPrince
    list price: $16.99
    our price: $11.55
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: 0764570668
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-02)
    Publisher: Frommers
    Sales Rank: 15901
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    Book Description

    You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go— they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!

    Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's Bahamas 2005 features gorgeous color photos of the magnificent white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and schools of brilliant tropical fish that await you. Inside you'll get complete details on the major resort areas of Nassau, Cable Beach, Paradise Island, and Freeport/Lucaya, with candid reviews of the best resorts, restaurants, casinos, and attractions. Then we'll take you to the Out Islands, where you can find the perfect place to get away from it all on a your own stretch of secluded white sands. In every destination, you'll find complete details on beaches, snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing, golf, and other active adventures-plus the best beach bars and the top restaurants for authentic, spicy island cuisine. Whether you want an elegant honeymoon hideaway or an affordable family resort, Frommer's Bahamas 2005 can help you plan the island getaway that's right for you. You'll even get a color fold-out map, a complete cruise guide, and tips on find the best package deals. ... Read more


    13. Lonely Planet Dominican Republic and Haiti (Lonely Planet Dominican Republic & Haiti)
    by Scott Doggett, Joyce Connelly
    list price: $16.99
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    Asin: 1740590260
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 57034
    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    From the spectacular beaches and rich history of the Dominican Republic to the vibrant art and Vodou rituals of Haiti, Hispaniola captivates every intrepid traveler.Our updated and easy-to-use guide shows you where to revel during Carnival, merengue all night, relax on the sand, and cavort with crocodiles.

    • tips on diving, snorkeling and windsurfing spots, and great hiking routes
    • places to stay and eat for any budget: from modest pensions and cafés to world-class resorts and restaurants
    • straightforward information about the current political climate
    • practical Spanish and Creole language section
    • 49 detailed city and regional maps
    ... Read more

    Reviews (12)

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's Perfect for First Time Travellers to the Dominican R.
    This book is a well written book that I really enjoyed. Even though at times I felt the book was a bit negative on some issues, over all it's great. It clearly post the different points of interests, restaurants, accommodations across the Dominican Republic. It gives some good detailed history of the country. I don't think the book did as good of a job with the Haiti section but the Dominican Republic section is stellar. Anyone travelling to the D.R. should not leave prior to buying this book!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A superiour endeavour, but could be improved.
    Once more, Lonely Planet guidebooks set the standard, in providing essential advice, as well as wonderful insights on many issues, successfully targeting all kinds of travelers. Yet, as any first edition of a travel guidebook, this one could be substantially better than it is now - which, I am sure, will likely be achieved by the time the second edition comes out. Both sections on both countries are very good, though it must be remarked that the section on Haiti is - at least in my view - far less researched and refined than the impressive section on the Dominican Republic. The author of the Haiti section is obviously a real Haiti lover, and she provides plenty of wonderful facts about Haiti's history and present, culture and society, which she is eager to share with her readers. Yet, in my view, she fails to provide the best possible advice for travelers. Coverage on hotels and places to eat, and entertainment in general, is poor. On that, we add the fact that things are changing so rapidly in Haiti, which is beyond her control. The section on the Dominican Republic, in contrast, provides just-about any information and avice a traveler could desire when traveling to the country. Coverage of what to see and do in Santo Domingo, on hotels and restaurants, the many tips on how to behave (do's and dont's) etc, is truly excellent. All in all, once more, this is a guidebook you should not take off without.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Guide of the Isle of Hispaniola
    A leader in travel guides, Lonely Plant once again proves it self as the leader in the industry with this excellent guide to traveling to/throughout the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Although Haiti's tourism industry is nearly nonexistent, the guide still provides the readers with information on attractions, accommodations, and safety issues.

    In covering the neighboring Dominican Republic, the book provides much more information for this country which has seen a major boom in its' tourism industry since the late 1980s. Always informative with tidbits if information, history, maps, and information for singles and gay & lesbian travelers, the "Lonely Planet Dominican Republic and Haiti" is the best book for anyone planning a trip to the island of Hispaniola. Excellent guide for an excellent price.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Short on detail
    This guide reads like the authors spent a couple of weeks in the D.R. Some major towns, like La Vega, don't even merit a hotel recommendation. A pretty bad guide. Avoid it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Superior Choice Available: Haiti's Inclusion A Weakness
    Harry S. Pariser's Dominican Republic guide is better and does not suffer from the inclusion of Haiti, a country of far fewer tourists and no appeal to most D. R. tourists. I found the North Coast (Puerta Plata) far superior to the East Coast (Punta Cana), one would not understand that from reading this book. No matter what guide you purchase pay close attention to the NEGATIVE reviews of resorts at the web site debbiesdominicantravel dot com. Unfortunately, many who post at this web site excuse substandard accomodations and poor treatment of tourists (like at the Punta Cana Beach Resort), so study the negative reviews of any resort you consider carefully. This is not a bad guide, just not the best guide. Always remember, the D. R. is a fabulous place to visit and perhaps to live. ... Read more


    14. An Embarrassment of Mangoes : A Caribbean Interlude
    by ANN VANDERHOOF
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    Asin: 0767914279
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-08)
    Publisher: Broadway
    Sales Rank: 31178
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind -- and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean.

    Who hasn’t fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye to the rat race, and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did just that.

    In the mid 1990s, they were driven, forty-something professionals who were desperate for a break from their deadline-dominated, career-defined lives. So they quit their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat called Receta (“recipe,” in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.

    In lavish detail that will have you packing your swimsuit and dashing for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, enchanting characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new lifestyle. Come along for the ride and be seduced by Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island neighbors, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the sea, and adapt to life on “island time.”

    Exchanging business clothes for bare feet, they drop anchor in 16 countries -- 47 individual islands -- where they explore secluded beaches and shop lively local markets. Along the way, Ann records the delectable dishes they encounter -- from cracked conch in the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, from Dominican papaya salsa to classic West Indian rum punch -- and incorporates these enticing recipes into the text so that readers can participate in the adventure.

    Almost as good as making the journey itself, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is an intimate account that conjures all the irresistible beauty and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad -- and just may compel you to make a rash decision that will land you in paradise.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars great reading adventure if you're on cruiseboat deck
    `embarassment of mangoes' is much less a sailing book than a `wife's view' of a two-year vacation through the carribean.like plenty of sailing couples, ann vanderhoof does not really have the bug, and instead follows gamely along with partner on a toronto-carribean loop.she was the founder of `cottages', a modern magazine incarnation of the `house and garden' ilk, and the book is reads like a 200 page version of one of those chatty recipe article from `cruising world' or `coastal living':`we pulled into unknown Bay x after a horrid/delightful/tumultuous passage, and the next morning while drinking/walking/looking for parts, we fortuitously ran into authentic local fisherman/housewife/fellow sailing couple/non-profit organizer, who fed us amazing/delicious/tasty local x, and here is the recipe.' the peril of a dragging anchor is in this book is equal parts damage to the boat and the threat of upsetting the dinner guests; ms. vanderhoof's sense of adventure is heightened by the profound psychological growth of giving up her toronto hairdresser for two years.and on and on.for a girly-girl sailing adventure, there is precious little about their relationship, hubbie steve instead plays a background role as a sort of invisible lovable oaf.Ann is certainly a capable writer and the book flows along on an even if somewhat predictable and superficial keel, like a seamless dinner conversation with someone intent on subtly pushing their vacuous politically correct message points:we were authentic - we developed real friendships with the locals!we do care about the environment - we felt bad about tossing that old fishing net garbage back into the sea!it did seem like a shame to develop the old man's veggie patch into a resort!we did meet all the icons of the carribean:herb the weatherman & the minister of rum.we gave alms to the poor islanders!we went back to visit!we were sad when it was over, really!So if you're a serious armchair sailor, this book may not be so compelling, the author's progress over two years from ICW to `not being scared of an overnight passage' is child's play.For very light vacation reading of the carribean, or if you're a domestic, tag-along spouse, perhaps sitting on a cruiseboat wondering what life on a sailboat is like, `EoM' may be just the ticket.It is certainly pleasant, light reading -- and the recipes at the end of each chapter do look fantastic.

    2-0 out of 5 stars An embarrassment of sailing, but great food!
    Well written, nice recipes, but the sailing part is pretty boring.The writer definitely doesn't like sailing.The usual story; the husband would like to go cruising; the wife follows him and hates the sailing part.If sailing is not in your blood... don't go, catch a plane!She wants us to believe that it is all very brave what they do, but with the house paid off, a whole package of insurances and without hardly any night passage, it sounds more like a Club Med adventure.If a cruiser is fussy in finding a hair salon in port and bug-busting bleaches everything that is on board (mooring lines, fruit,..!), I can only suggest to stick to cooking!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Vacation Read!!!
    I really enjoyed this book.I read it on a recent beach vacation in the Caribbean.It is a very entertaining tale of a couple that did what most of us only dream of.They made a plan to take a two year sabbatical and sail from their home in Toronto to the Caribbean and back.The book tells of their challenges and joys in living and traveling on their sailboat, of their discovery of the cultures, peoples, and foods of the Caribbean, and how the journey changed them forever.Interspersed with the story are the writer's recipes she discovered as she traveled.I can't wait to try them!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Embarrassment of Mangoes
    the book is as delectable as the recipes....what pure joy it was to read this blissfully, enticing journey to a wondrous area.Ann's writing was superb.To anyone who travels vicariously through books, loves the Caribbean, food, cultural differences, and sailboats absolutelymust read this book and if none of the above apply, read it anyway....you won't regret it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, relaxing read
    This book is a fun, easy read.Their journey sounded so dreamy, even when complications arose.The variation of topics - nautical-speak, weather, food, travel, interesting characters, fun - held my interest throughout the book.

    I wish I could give four and a half stars.My complaints are superficial and did not take away from my enjoyment in reading this book.I thought it was a novel idea to include recipes, but most of the time, even with the author's descriptions, I didn't have much of an idea as to what the ingredients actually were, or, if I did, I have no idea where I would procure them in Boston, Mass.I mostly skipped over these pages (I am a *bit* of a cook).Also, I wish the book was longer!Gone for two years, I'm sure that Ann, an editor nonetheless, could have blessed us with another hundered or so pages.Lastly, I was dissappointed there was no epilogue - I wanted to know how Ann and Steve settled back into *normal* life, what they do now, and if they are going to take another cruising journey. ... Read more


    15. Frommer's Portable Aruba
    by KenLindley
    list price: $10.99
    our price: $8.24
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    Asin: 0764538764
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-22)
    Publisher: Frommers
    Sales Rank: 25090
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Frommer's Portable Aruba gives you the lowdown on where to dine, where to stay and what to see and experience on this idyllic island. Our seasoned travel writers tell you where to find the most delicious barracuda dishes, where to go for excellent scuba diving lessons, and which club plays host to the islands "beautiful people". Written for a range of tastes and budgets, Portable Aruba describes many of the islands gorgeous beaches, from hot party spots to small, secluded white sand coves. You'll find this pocket-size guide invaluable! ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great reference!
    A great reference for your Arubian vacation. We used it constantly, on the plane, on the beach, and in the desert! Great hints/tips, maps, suggested exploring routes, recommended beaches, shopping, diving sites, etc. Only gave it 4 stars b/c it is becoming slightly out of date. Need an updated version soon...However, still highly recommended!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book! Great island!
    I found this book to be extremely helpful on my recent trip to Aruba. For a little country it really has so much to offer, but without proper guidance it might be hard to discover everything there is to see and do. The book is well-written, logical, and concise. Buy it, book a trip, read it on the plane, and refer to it while you are there! I was in Aruba for six days and looked at this book EVERY single day.

    I'd like to add that I vistited a lot of hotels and restaurants while on my trip, and can attest that the reviews in the book are quite accurate. There are so many great values to be had in Aruba, and this book will help you find them.

    Bottom line: the book is a great asset for a wonderful trip. And don't forget to use sunscreen!!

    ps: Don't miss the JOLLY PIRATES snorkel and lunch cruise (see page 93). They are now located on Moomba Beach between the Marriott and the Holiday Inn. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas and Guide
    Talks about how to get the best filght and where to stay and eat with complete reviews and price. Also gives dress codes for restraunts and shows. Talks about all beaches and a ton of activities in depth. Only available in portable size and it has the most and best information about Aruba of all the guides. Plus has shopping and side trips and nightlife. Enjoy! ... Read more


    16. Nevis Queen of the Caribbean
    by Deborah Lellouch
    list price: $40.00
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    Asin: 9768173467
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-15)
    Publisher: Hummingbird Productions
    Sales Rank: 91520
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    A serious reference work which fills an important gap in written and pictorial information on the island of Nevis. With over 100 pages and over 200 colour photographs, this book is the most complete and comprehensive ever to be published. From History to the Economy, from Traditions and Customs to Nevis-style Cuisine, from Cricket and Horse Racing to a self-guided tour "Around the Island" with a companion map, it is all there. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love it
    I think this book is very interesting and informative. I absolutely love it. I use it as my bible when I am trying to tell my friends about where I am from. It is a great buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!!
    This is THE reference on Nevis. It covers it all: history, traditions and customs, religion, political life, economy, people, architecture, topography and geology, climate and vegetation, flora, fauna, etc. Written in an engaging style, it also details what to see, where to stay (with complete descriptions and numerous photographs of all the hotels, villas and inns so you will have a very good idea of where you will be staying before you go there), the sports activities, the beaches, the restaurants, Nevis-style cuisine, shopping, etc. Unlike the other books on Nevis I've seen that just give you the superficial tourist view, this book is obviously written by an insider who has been living on the island for many years, and who knows Nevis extremely well. In addition it is full of gorgeous pictures. If you are going to Nevis or just doing research on the island, this is the one and only book to buy. ... Read more


    17. Frommer's
    by MattHannafin, HeidiSarna
    list price: $21.99
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    Asin: 0764569007
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-20)
    Publisher: Frommers
    Sales Rank: 28695
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    Book Description

    A cruise is a complete vacation, so it's important that you choose the one that's right for you. Frommer's North American Cruises & Ports of Call is the most user-friendly, opinionated, and comprehensive guide you can buy before you set sail. We provide in-depth coverage on cruises departing from U.S. ports to the Caribbean, Alaska, Bermuda, Mexico and Canada.

    Unlike rating systems used in other guides, our system is simple. We break down the essential elements of a cruise experience (dining, activities, children's activities, entertainment, service, overall enjoyment, and overall value), and rate them from "poor" to "outstanding." Photos of each ship combine with the text to give a better sense of the very real differences among the various lines.

    Most important, this is the only cruise guide that provides the real prices people pay for cruises, not just the rack rates. Other guides tell you that a seven-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas costs $2,099. You can pay that if you want to, but only Frommer's tells you that the same cruise is selling for $649. We give both the rack rates and the discount price for every cruise we review. This feature alone makes Frommer's North American Cruises and Ports of Call by far the most valuable trip-planning book among cruise guides.

    Our authors, noted cruise experts who've personally checked out every ship sailing in and around North America, offer candid and unbiased opinions on them all. They are completely up to date, with all the latest developments and the newest ships. You'll also get complete coverage of the major port destinations, with advice on how to spend your limited time ashore. ... Read more


    18. Choose Costa Rica for Retirement, 7th : Information for Retirement, Investment, and Affordable Living (Choose Retirement Series)
    by John Howells
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    Asin: 0762734310
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
    Publisher: Globe Pequot
    Sales Rank: 102236
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    Book Description

    This insider's look at the "Switzerland of the Americas" provides information on health care, weather, real estate, recreation, and cultural opportunities for retirees.With its chapter on business opportunities and thorough look at Costa Rica's most scenic and vibrant places, this guide is also suitable for younger travelers and investors.
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    19. Fodor's US and British Virgin Islands, 17th Edition (Fodor's Us and British Virgin Islands)
    by Douglas Stallings
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    Asin: 1400014085
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-05)
    Publisher: Fodor's
    Sales Rank: 95651
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    20. Bermuda A World Apart
    by Roger A. Labrucherie
    list price: $37.50
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    Asin: 0939302322
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
    Publisher: Imagenes Pr
    Sales Rank: 292174
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!
    Extraordinary photography, combined with intelligent, concise, even poetic text. I am English, but I have lived in Boston for many years. Bermuda is perhaps my favorite island--for its civility, its quiet beauty, a little touch of England in the middle of the Atlantic. This book captures Bermuda as I have seen no other book do ... perhaps because it focusses on the small things: the tiny flower known as Bermudiana, the young schoolgirl gazing deep into the camera ... The picture captions are concise, but packed with information; the author chooses and rations his words carefully! There's also, for those who want it, a complete text which conveys the history of the island. A small quibble: there's no information about hotels, restaurants, etc. However, this is not a guidebook, but rather a coffee-table "documentary" book, and in that department it is incomparable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb
    Having travelled to Bermuda many times over the past twenty years (and I lived there for a time as well), I have to say this is the finest and most complete "coffee-table" book on the island that I have ever seen. It is large-format, filled with superb color photographs (including a lot of aerial shots as well as some archival photographs of Bermuda in the mid-20th century). The text gives you a concise, intelligent overview of Bermuda's history. I've given a number of copies to friends who love the island. The jacket blurb says the author was once a Peace Corps Volunteer, and it shows ... this is a real in-depth portrait, not just "post-cardy" superficial coverage. I have several other books on Bermuda, but this one is in a class by itself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Bermudaful" book.
    This elegant photography book provides a thoughtful and perceptive portrait of a genteel world all of its own. It makes one think that to escape modern life, the place to go is Bermuda. There is a wide variety among the hundred fifty or so photographs, from close-ups of people to scenic panoramas, all in rich, lush colors. The beach scenes and sunsets are breathtaking. A bonus is the extensive historical background presented in an easy to absorb reader-friendly style. Particularly interesting are the stories of how Bermuda found itself squeezed between England and the Thirteen Colonies during the Revolutionary War and between North and South in the American Civil War. The author reveals that there were no cars on Bermuda until the 1940s and describes the more recent transformation of the island into a corporate center, "the Switzerland of the Atlantic." The care and craftsmanship that went into the creation of this work is obvious. This is literally a "Bermudaful" book. And do not forget to catch the sweetheart on page 17! ... Read more


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