Best Cuba Guidebooks

The best Cuba guidebooks aren’t necessarily written by the big guidebook companies. The best guidebook for your trip to Cuba is the one that best fits your travel style and itinerary.

All of the big guidebook companies from Lonely Planet to Let’s Go make at least one Cuba guidebook.

Most guidebook companies make a book on Cuba as a country, but Cuba’s diverse territory makes for enough material for a full guidebook on specific places like Havana.

If you are only planning to visit one city in Cuba, getting a specific guidebook for that place is a good idea.

If you plan to visit a lot of places in Cuba, getting a larger guidebook like The Rough Guide to Cuba is a good idea.

When you have determined what size Cuba guidebook you need, shop around for a guidebook that fits your travel style. If you’re backpacking, Lonely Planet, Let’s Go, and the Rough Guide are some of the best Cuba guidebooks.

If you’re going high-end, consider guides like the Wallpaper Guide to Havana, which offers more upscale suggestions for Havana hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing.

If you are travelling to Cuba on a budget, deals on Cuba guidebooks can be found on websites where travelers have returned from Cuba and are selling their books.

One additional tip for finding the best Cuba guidebooks is to check the date the guidebook was published. If it is more than a year old, don’t buy it. Things change so quickly in Cuba that an old Cuba guidebook will be of little use to you now.

Best Clubs in Varadero, Cuba

Blau Resort in Varadero, Cuba
Blau Resort in Varadero, Cuba

Some of the best clubs in Varadero, Cuba are also the best clubs in the entire country.

La Rumba is by far the best and most popular club in Varadero Beach. It has a cover charge of US$10 for an open bar where all of the drinks are free. On Friday nights, La Rumba is considered one of the best clubs in Cuba. As such it is good to arrive as early as possible so that you don’t have to wait in line. On other evenings during the week La Rumba it is less full. On these nights the atmosphere at the club is not as vibrant. It is still a good place to go, though.

Varadero is a relatively small town, so the cost of a taxi from your hotel or resort in Varadero to any of discos in Varadero should not exceed US$5.

Additionally, there are special buses that take visitors from the resorts in Varadero to the discos.

Hotel Saratoga in Havana


Hotel Saratoga
Address: Paseo del Prado 603, La Habana, Cuba
Phone: (0)7 868 1000

Located in a neoclassical building on a bustling street in the center of Havana, Hotel Saratoga is one of the best hotels in Havana.

Hotel Saratoga is decorated in a modern theme with bright colors and clean lines. Recently restored, the hotel does not suffer from the same threadbare conditions that many other historic Havana hotels do.

The roof garden at Hotel Saratoga boasts of the Restaurant Mirador Saratoga, which is one of the best restaurants in Havana. There is also the Anacaona Restaurant and Bar, and Mezzanine Bar for food and drinks.

The 96 guest rooms at Hotel Saratoga in Havana offer Internet access, satellite television, and 24 hour room service in addition to all standard amenities.

Hotel Saratoga also offers a rooftop swimming pool, a spa, and a business center.