Ah, Cuba. Always a top choice for adventurous international travellers looking to explore unique cultures and stunning landscapes in an unspoiled corner of the Caribbean. With its fascinating history, vivid colours, welcoming locals and delicious cuisine – it’s no wonder why Cuba is one of the world’s most popular destinations! To truly understand Cuban culture and history we recommend getting yourself a good reading list before you go. We’ve put together our favorite books about contemporary life in Cuba to help make your trip even more memorable!

Cuba – Culture Smart! – The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

Russell Maddicks

Welcome to Cuba, a land of contradictions waiting to be discovered. As the largest island in the Caribbean, it has captured the admiration of Christopher Columbus himself, who described it as the most beautiful land he had ever laid eyes on. From its enchanting colonial cities to its breathtaking beaches and captivating Afro-Cuban beats, Cuba is a tropical paradise like no other.

However, beneath its surface of beauty lies a complex narrative of shortages and government control. For the past sixty years, Cuba has been engaged in a political standoff with its superpower neighbor, the USA. Yet, despite these challenges, Cuba has managed to preserve its own version of socialism, creating a time warp reminiscent of the Cold War era.

But change is on the horizon. With relaxed travel restrictions, US tourists can once again experience the wonders of this vibrant island. Private enterprise is flourishing, resulting in the rise of boutique hotels and exceptional home-based restaurants. Special-interest tourism for cyclists, hikers, birdwatchers, and scuba divers is booming, offering unique experiences for adventurous souls. And foreign entrepreneurs are eagerly exploring investment opportunities, signaling a new era of possibilities.

In “Culture Smart! Cuba,” we go beyond the typical portrayals of Havana nightlife, vintage cars, and hand-rolled cigars. This book provides an insider’s view of an island on the brink of historic change. Uncover Cuba’s fascinating history, discover its national icons, savor its unique cuisine, immerse yourself in its vibrant cultural scene, and dive into its world-renowned music. Practical tips for business travelers are also included, offering valuable insights for those looking to gain a competitive edge.

But above all else, this book aims to showcase the resilient and infinitely resourceful Cuban people. Despite years of hardships and shortages, they remain optimistic and fiercely proud of their heritage and culture. Join us on this journey of discovery, and learn how to break the ice and truly understand the heart and soul of Cuba.

Cuba Libre – A 500-Year Quest for Independence

Philip Brenner, Peter Eisner

Embark on a captivating journey through Cuba’s rich history and vibrant culture, from the time of Christopher Columbus to the present day. In this insightful and knowledgeable book, authors Philip Brenner and Peter Eisner offer a fresh perspective on Cuba, going beyond stereotypes to explore the island’s politics, economy, and culture.

Drawing on their extensive experience studying and reporting on Cuba, Brenner and Eisner provide a comprehensive overview for readers of all backgrounds. Whether you’re a traveler, policy maker, businessperson, student, or simply interested in world affairs, this book is your chance to understand Cuba from a Cuban perspective.

Discover how the quest for independence and sovereignty fuels the Cuban spirit and shapes their worldview and identity. As Cuba and the United States open their doors to each other, now is the perfect time to delve into the heart and soul of this intriguing country.


In a world that is increasingly interconnected, Cuba Libre sets a compelling example for US citizens and policy makers to embrace diverse viewpoints and expand their horizons. Join us on this inspiring journey and unlock a deeper understanding of Cuba’s remarkable story.

Among Friends – Travels in Cuba

Heather Murray

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Cuba through the pages of “Among Friends: Travels in Cuba.” This gripping account follows one person’s transformative journey as they explore the vibrant country and form deep connections with its people over the course of a decade.

From the moment our protagonist sets foot in Havana, their senses are captivated by the mix of timeless beauty and decay that permeates the city. But their exploration doesn’t stop there. With an insatiable curiosity, they venture beyond the capital to uncover the breathtaking provinces to the west and east.

Along the way, they encounter fascinating individuals who leave a lasting impact. Meet Julian, an insightful Cuban guide and trusted friend. Discover Magdalena, a protective landlady and outspoken critic of the Castro regime. And encounter a colorful cast of characters, from tourists and English teachers to salsa dancers and bicitaxi drivers, each offering a unique insight into the Cuban way of life.

As our protagonist delves deeper into the Cuban psyche and confronts the hardships of everyday life, they also find themselves mesmerized by the country’s natural beauty. From the picturesque streets of old Havana to the captivating landscapes of the Vinales valley, the book takes you on a visual feast. Explore the pristine beaches of the northern keys, and journey through the rich history of Trinidad and Cienfuegos. And don’t forget the majestic Escambray mountains, with their enchanting lakes, cascading waterfalls, and lush jungles.

Accompanied by a captivating website filled with stunning photographs and a travel blog, “Among Friends: Travels in Cuba” invites you to embark on this extraordinary adventure from the comfort of your own home.

More than just a travelogue, this book offers a humorous and candid portrait of Cuba’s emergence from decades of privation and isolation. It will captivate armchair travelers, long-time Cuba enthusiasts, and those yet to discover the wonders of this magnificent island. Join us on this unforgettable journey and let Cuba’s magic ignite your spirit.

Manufacturing the Enemy – The Media War Against Cuba

Keith Bolender

Unveiling the Truth: How Mainstream Media Shapes Misguided Perceptions of the Cuban Revolution

For the past six decades, the mainstream media in the United States has fueled a biased and ill-informed narrative that paints a distorted picture of the Cuban revolution. Journalist Keith Bolender sheds light on this disturbing trend, offering extensive examples that expose the media’s adherence to Washington’s agenda of regime change.

From historic coverage prior to the revolution to the present-day issues surrounding Obama’s ‘Cuban Thaw’ and the Trump Administration’s renewed hostility, this edition delves into the detrimental effects of the corporate media’s portrayal of Cuba. It reveals how this coverage hampers our understanding of the revolution and those who support it.

By examining the underlying reasons for the media’s hostility towards Cuba’s socialist political and economic system, this groundbreaking work provides a fresh perspective on the propaganda tactics employed by the so-called ‘free’ press in the US and Western liberal democracies. It is an invaluable resource for activists, journalists, and students seeking to unravel the complex relationship between the United States and its neighboring island to the south.

Embark on a journey of enlightenment and challenge the prevailing narratives. It’s time to uncover the truth about the Cuban revolution.

CUBA – One Mojito At A Time

Donald E. Smith

As Donald says: Embarking on a journey to Cuba had always been a burning desire of mine. Intrigued by the enigmatic figures of Castro and Che, I couldn’t resist the urge to explore this small nation that lies only 80 miles away from Florida. What secrets did it hold that made our government perceive it as a threat to our way of life? Why did we support a disorganized group of rebels in a failed invasion? And how did Cuba manage to captivate the hearts of American celebrities and pleasure-seekers in earlier years? Today, even with all the obstacles put in place by our government, Cuba remains a coveted destination for millions of tourists worldwide. Determined to uncover the truth, I embarked on a journey to find answers to these burning questions and more. Allow me to recount my experiences and share the discoveries I made along the way.


Jack Otero

Crystal, a dedicated soldier, had unwavering trust in her leader Richard. She believed that he would protect her life at all costs. Realizing the importance of their upcoming interaction with Villalobos in Yaguanabo, Crystal suggested they devise a strategic plan. In the meantime, they continued their mission of exploring potential recruits, Professors Vallejos and Maria Rosa, while visiting sugar plantations. As part of their contractual obligations, they diligently returned to Cienfuegos to document their findings.

What I Learned about Cuba by Going to Cuba

MR Antonio R Zamora

Embark on a captivating journey through Cuba, as one man’s experiences and insights unravel the intricate connection between the United States and this fascinating island nation. Since his inaugural trip in 1995, he has returned to Cuba over forty times, defying odds and embracing opportunities to attend meetings, conduct professional research, and reconnect with family. Antonio Zamora, a Cuban American with a unique perspective, has gathered a treasure trove of knowledge that demands to be shared. As the United States engages in a dialogue on the future of Cuba, this book emerges as a vital source of answers, shedding light on the reality of Cuba and influencing U.S. policy. Get ready to broaden your horizons and truly understand the intricacies of this ever-evolving relationship.

Midlife Misadventures in Cuba

Kevin J D Kelly

Is their failing relationship about to explode into chaos or bring them closer together? Join Kevin Kelly on a daring and hilarious vacation in Cuba as he tries to save his love life. With language barriers and endless mishaps, will their holiday be the key to happiness or the final straw? Discover the truth about love, laughter, and self-realization in this extraordinary journey set in vibrant Cuba. Midlife Misadventures in Cuba is the first in a series of poignant, raw, and humorous travel tales that will leave you crying with laughter. If you’re a fan of exotic locales and dark humor, these stories are a must-read.

Reading will only get you so close to discovering this fabulous place. If you really want to learn more, you will need to get among the action! Check out our tours today and find the one that suits you!