Santa Barbara, CA (PressExposure) September 22, 2011 -- This long-anticipated book, "Cuba: Open from the Inside" by author Chris Messner, is now available at local bookstores, Barnes & Noble, online retailers, and http://www.cubaopenfromtheinside.com.
The 256-page book, which targets travelers who have always wanted to travel through Castro-led Cuba but had no idea how, discloses all that one needs to know about traveling to this secretive Caribbean paradise.
"Blog writer's, book reviewers, book buyers, and consumers of any age thinking of travel to Cuba will find 'Cuba: Open from the Inside' a rich source of information, not normally known to the general travelling public," said Greg Sharp, president of Sea Hill Press, based in Santa Barbara, CA, who has been publishing lifestyle books since 1999.
"As Cuba's leaders age and the possibility for US citizens traveling to Cuba increases, this book is an exceptional tool that will inspire, guide, and inform travelers interested in Cuba's land and its people," added Greg.
As one of the largest island nations in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Cuba occupies a place of undisputed fascination in the American psyche. Despite its proximity to America, this island nation remains a mystery to most Americans. Few Americans have traveled to Havana, and still fewer have journeyed deeper into this isolated country.
One such American to have ventured beyond the Cuban façade is photographer Chris Messner, who has traveled extensively throughout this island. In his book, Cuba: Open from the Inside, Messner documents the character of Cuba's people, its rich history, and the vast culture of the country.
It is an interesting, informative journal illustrated with 35 exceptional black-and-white photos by the author, photographer Chris Messner, covering over 4000 miles in his four trips and this extensive journey around the back roads of Cuba.
Through his words and pictures, Messner provides a snapshot of this nation and documents the Cuba of today-the 1950's time-capsule country located 90 miles from the US coast. Messner's artistic eye has captured the essence and sprit of the Cuban people and their architecture, nature, and unspoiled lands.
Stephanie Chen, Former Travel Writer, CNN, in a pre-published review of the book, wrote: "Chris Messner takes you into the island on a rare, intimate journey through the eyes of a detailed photographer. The book is a delightful read that will expose you to Cuba's rich history and geographic beauties, interspersed with a touching, personal narrative."
Meanwhile, Charles Regan, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Maps, commented: "Messner's travel logs and pictures of Cuba and its people are inspiring."