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Vacation in Jamaica

Although in my early career I specialized in adventure travel, and also the Asia/Pacific region, during the past 15 years I have specialized in the Caribbean, with a particular focus on and fondness for Cuba. My love affair with Cuba began with publication of my Moon Handbooks Cuba and Moon Handbooks Havana.

I’ve since written National Geographic Traveler Cuba and Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, a literary travelog that won both the Lowell Thomas Award as Travel Book of the Year and the North American Travel Journalists Association’s Grand Prize. My most recent book is Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Automobiles (Interlink Books, 2004), a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book.

I’ve authored numerous other books, including Lonely Planet’s guidebooks to Jamaica and The Bahamas and Turk & Caicos Islands, plus the Passport Illustrated Guide to Jamaica. I’ve also written about Jamaica (and other Caribbean islands and international destinations) for dozens of leading magazines and newspaper travel sections, including as a regular contributor to SkyWritings (Air Jamaica’s inflight magazine) and Caribbean Travel & Life.

My other main expertise is in regard to Costa Rica. My first guidebook was the Moon Handbook Costa Rica (first published as the Costa Rica Handbook in 1992), now in its fifth edition, with almost 100,000 copies sold. I’ve since authored National Geographic Traveler Costa Rica and the soon-to-be-released Eyewitness Travel Guide to Costa Rica (Dorling Kindersley), and have acted as a consultant to INTEL, which recently opened a fabrication plant in Costa Rica.

I love public speaking and have been interviewed on numerous national television and radio shows. I’m particularly honoured to have been addressed the National Press Club and the National Geographic Society (as a member of the Live from& faculty), and to have been a faculty member of the lecturing staff of Cunard Cruise Lines. In January, and again in May, I’ll be lecturing about old cars in Cuba aboard Holland America Cruise Line’s M/V Maasdam.