"From high mountain peaks to shimmering reefs, spicy salsa rhythms to deep rolling reggae, pirate hideouts to sugar-sand beaches, the Caribbean is dizzyingly diverse." - Lonely Planet
TRAVELING TO THE CARIBBEAN
The Caribbean is of course best known for pristine white beaches and crystal blue waters, but not all islands are the same. Choosing the right place and the right time to go matters, and doing some research will help ensure a great trip. Here are our recommendations on the best travel books on the Caribbean.
Fodor's Travel: Essential Caribbean
Our recommendation for those who want a comprehensive travel guide on the Caribbean is Fodor’s. They provide honest reviews on the differences among each island, good recommendations for all budgets, and practical trustworthy advice on how to make the most of the trip. The authors provide a nice local point of view, beautiful photos, and custom maps oriented for the traveler’s point of view.
Lonely Planet: Cuba
Cuba is a unique and superb travel destination, and now as the country awakens is a perfect time to visit. We recommend taking along the Lonely Planet guidebook. They are one of the world’s best publisher of travel books, known for the depth of their coverage and for the strength of their local knowledge, which helps them truly capture the spirit of Cuba. They also provide a Pocket Havana guide that is good for those just visiting the city.
Tips from the Cruise Addict's Wife, by Deb Graham
Cruise lovers will like Tips from the Cruise Addict’s Wife, a funny book filled with practical advice on how to get the most out of your trip. The author Deb Graham provides recommendations based off of her personal experience on how to make cruising easier, cheaper, and more fun. There are a lot of similar books out there, but this is in our opinion the most helpful.
A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean
After selling their food business, a couple from Vermont decide to escape the rat race and to move to the beach, and specifically to the island of Anguilla. They decide to open their own restaurant and learn quickly that even paradise has its own challenges. Their experience is rather predictable, but the book is funny and easy to read, and a nice example of how it actually possible to escape the chaos of modern life to find a more relaxing and fulfilling life. Click here for our review on A Trip to the Beach.
30 Amazing Things to do in Puerto Rico
Some of the best travel guides in the days of independent publishing are created by passionate local experts who can share the hidden gems that often provide the best memories. 30 Amazing Things to Do in Puerto Rico is one of those guides, with solid real-life suggestions that work for anyone’s budget. Definitely worth a read for those looking to get away from the beach and experience all Puerto Rico has to offer.