Explore Cuba Like a Local and Save Money
Author: Mario Rizzi
UPDATED 2015 EDITION Real Havana is the #1 selling guide to experiencing the authentic Cuba. This book is designed to give you a cultural immersion into Cuban life, and to provide you the tools and background information to truly make the most of your visit. It gives you the confidence and knowledge to break away from the tourist areas and experience the real Cuba. You want to explore the rich culture. Be transported back to a simpler time. Experience Havana's romance and beauty with the same carefree joy as the locals. See everything you want to see and go everywhere you want to go. The Real Havana guide shows you how to do all that and lots more. In the guide, you will learn about: Authentic Cuban cuisine and affordable Havana restaurants. Low-priced farmers markets, shops and entertainment options. Maps of Havana and the suburbs - Get out of the city and EXPLORE! Instructions on using communal taxis particulares and all the major routes. Contact info and reviews of over 30 casa particular apartments in Vedado. Fascinating, offbeat places which are hidden from foreigners. Hundreds of tips on saving money while in Havana. How to avoid the most common tourist scams. This book is not a "tourist guide". It is not a boring list of restaurant reviews and attractions, like all the other guides. With this book, you will learn about the authentic, local places. Locations which are hidden to regular tourists. Naturally, these places are also very inexpensive. So, in effect, you will not only be immersed in authentic Cuban life, but you will also save money. BONUS: The last section of this book includes the Cheap Casa Particular Guide. You will find listings and reviews of over 30 apartments and rooms to rent in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana. These casas particulares have been hand selected out of the thousands available in Havana. They are not only the most affordable, but they are also among the cleanest, best maintained, and best located. The hosts are extremely hospitable and most speak multiple languages. The best part is that you get the full contact information for the casas, so you can call or email the hosts directly and book your stay without having to deal with expensive brokers or middlemen. By booking your reservation directly with the landlords, you are certain to save at least $5 to 10$ per night in brokerage fees. That alone is easily worth the purchase price of Real Havana guide. About Full Compass Guides Full Compass Guides are aimed at travelers who want to understand local customs and culture so that they can experience destinations like a local. Unlike regular tourist guides, Full Compass guides are not a list of attractions popular with tourists, and boring restaurant and hotel reviews that are obsolete the moment they are published. With our guides, you get succinct, useful information about the culture, people and geography of your destination so you have the tools and the confidence to explore on your own, experience everything that your destination has to offer, and save money. Our guides are written by experienced travelers who have intimate knowledge of both the location and the culture of the destination. They give you the exact information you need in order to make the most of your travel time. With a Full Compass guide, you will be a knowledgeable explorer, rather than just another flash-happy tourist.