Pete’s New “Havana Before Castro” Website and Tour Maps

Because of the renewed interest in Cuba travel, it made sense to completely revamp my Havana Before Castro website.  It includes chapter summaries, a downloadable sample chapter, and cool Then & Now photos.   Take a look!

People are using the book as a tour guide to Havana.  For instance, there’s a map of the incredible hotels, casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and bars associated with the American mob before the revolution.

Tour Map in "Havana Before Castro"

Tour Map in “Havana Before Castro”

Another tour is of the amazing modern architecture found throughout Greater Havana.

Page one of multipage tour maps of Modern Havana

Page one of multipage tour maps of Modern Havana

 And I plan on organizing a guided tour of Havana in the fall of 2016.  Stay tuned!

About Peter Moruzzi

Author and historian Peter Moruzzi is passionate about the middle decades of the 20th century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture. Born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii, Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) an architectural preservation group. He is the author of "Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground," "Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea," "Classic Dining:Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants," "Palm Springs Paradise: Vintage Photographs from America's Desert Playground," and "Greetings from Los Angeles." His latest pictorial history, "Greetings from Las Vegas" will be available in September, 2019.
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3 Responses to Pete’s New “Havana Before Castro” Website and Tour Maps

  1. M Smith says:

    Mr. Moruzzi, I stumbled upon your book, “Havana Before Castro,” at my local library, checked it out and before it was due back, I purchased my own copy! I live in So. Florida and Cuba has always been a curiosity. I finally got to visit by cruise ship this summer (2018) with my 20-year-old son. I LOVE your book! I haven’t made my way through the entire book yet but what I have read concurs with what I saw. I hope the people of Cuba can one day be free and enjoy what the island has to offer instead of living in the abject poverty that they are living in now. The island’s history is rich so I thank you for putting together the book to show what it once was before Castro. Even though Fidel and his cohorts didn’t want American investment or businesses, I can’t help but think they need us now.


    • It’s great that you were able to find a copy since it’s now out of print. It’s sad that Havana’s non-colonial era buildings continue to deteriorate. There simply hasn’t been sufficient investment in these buildings – public or private – to keep them from crumbling away. I don’t know what will happen as I don’t see any changes on the horizon.


  2. The Jab says:

    What a great trip planning resource! Looking forward to your guided tour announcement!


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