208 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Maps
ISBN 2-89454-320-9
DDC 917.291'240464




Reviewed by John Walker

John Walker is a professor of Spanish at Queen’s University.


Like all the other Ulysses travel guides, this one is beautifully
produced, informative, and easy to consult. The guide, which includes
color photographs, black-and-white illustrations, useful maps and
tables, and a 10-page glossary is divided into seven sections. The
50-page introduction gives a valuable outline of the Cuban capital’s
history, geography, political system, economy, population, arts, and
culture. In addition to practical information on banking, entrance
formalities, insurance, safety, climate, mail, and communication. There
is a section on exploring that describes eight different tours of the
city and surroundings. Accommodations and restaurants in various parts
of Havana are covered, and there is an entertainment guide to bars,
night clubs, cinemas, performing arts, sporting events, and the like.
Finally, there are useful tips for shoppers wishing to visit
supermarkets, farmer markets, shopping centres, and other attractions.

Conditions have changed greatly in Cuba over the past decade
(especially since the demise of the Eastern bloc), and novice and
veteran travelers alike should be aware of these changes. The U.S.
embargo still prevails, but Canadian travelers and investments are both
welcome and highly visible. Havana is a valuable resource for the
Canadian visitor, who is now free to roam that somewhat tarnished but
still fascinating city.


Loubier, Pierre, Carlos Soldevila, and Alexis de Gheldere., “Havana,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 13, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/8023.