There are tons of great guide books out there, so these are just a few tips to add to the list:
Before we left, we ordered all the newly-updated guidebooks we could find. Our two favorites were Rough Guides’ Cuba and Frommer’s Easy Guide to Cuba. Also, if you’re spending any time in the capitol, be sure to buy the StreetSmart map of Havana from vanDam. This plastic laminated map was wonderfully informative, accurate, fit nicely into seat pockets and purses (note it does not fold up small enough for a front pocket), and was an absolute life-saver!!
Packing: Of course you should check the weather before you go, and pack accordingly, but remember that Cuba is very dusty, so clothes that are easy to clean, replaceable, and hide dirt are advised. Laundry facilities are very hard to find unless your hotel offers, so clothes you can rinse out yourself…
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