Favorite Books and Movies on Cuba

There are an array of books and movies, both fictional and non-fiction, that you can find with an internet search.  We have compiled a list of our favorites, which characterize Cuba of the 50’s or modern day, that tell true stories or are historically accurate and entertaining.  Indulge yourself in some of our favorites!


  • Out of Havana by Araceli Alonso (history of Cuban revolution told in fictional format-EXCELLENT perspective)
  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Cuba (awesome guidebook)
  • I Will Die Free by Noble Alexander (Religious persecution)
  • The Red Umbrella by Cristina Gonzalez (Young Adult, Operation Peter Pan)
  • Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia (Chinese immigration)
  • Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba by Tom Gjelten (history of the Bacardi family business starting in 1850’s)
  • Boxing for Cuba: An Immigrant’s Story by Guillermo Vicente Vidal (Former Mayor of Denver-Operation Peter Pan)
  • Cuban Color in Tourism and La Lucha: An Ethnography of Racial Meanings by L. Kaifa Rowland (Racism)
  • Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia (fiction story of Cuban women in US & Cuba, great descriptions of santeria)
  • King of Cuba by Cristina Garcia (fictional contrast of Cuban exile vs. Castro)
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (essential for a visit to Cojimar!)


  • The Lost City-casino owner who flees after the Revolution
  • Havana-Robert Redford, Havana during the Revolution
  • Viva Cuba-story of a boy and girl in Havana
  • Mambo Kings-Musician brothers leave Cuba for America in the 1950s, hoping to hit the top of the Latin music scene
  • The Motorcycle Diaries-Che Guevarra
  • 638 Ways to Kill Castro-documentary on how the US was going to eliminate Castro in the 1960s
  • The Buena Vista Social Club-documentary on how the pre-revolutionary musicians were brought together in the ‘90’s
  • The Cuba Libre Story- 8 hour long episodes that tell of Cuba’s history in documentary style
  • PBS has a lot of documentaries on Cuba
  • YouTube is a great source for informational videos