This guide features extensive coverage of Cuba's biggest city, Havana, including six maps, hundreds of listings and detailed takes on the best museums. This is matched by coverage of less well-kwn small towns in the interior, where the authors track down the island's offbeat charms. Cuba's bureaucratic state can make it a difficult place to travel and this guide contains helpful advice on working the system. There is also full coverage of Cuba's colourful history and culture, as well as tips on Cuban slang and local customs.
Fiona McAuslan and Matthew Norman first visited Havana in 1995 when they spent a year living with Cuban families and attending the University of Havana. Fiona now lives in London where she is a freelance writer and television researcher, as well as an inept salsa dancer. Matt has established links with the growing hip-hop scene in Havana and is working in a record shop. He carries an on-going debt to the Cuban health service.