Moon Dominican Republic (First edition 2016, Moon Guides)
This brand new guidebook on the Dominican Republic released in November 2016. I wrote it from scratch, and it contains my best tips and a selection of sights, activities, food and lodging across the DR's six primary regions. Focused on first-time visitors and cultural immersion, the guidebook also highlights the best ways to experience this beautiful and dynamic, geographically diverse Latin country–the #1 destination in the Caribbean.
Background information on culture, food, history and getting around the various areas, is included. The book is in full color, illustrated with the best of my Dominican Republic photography. Expect my custom itineraries, including lists on the best beaches according to your interests–you won't find this anywhere else–and best tours in each region, among other details.
"I can’t believe I considered not purchasing Lebawit’s Dominican Republic Moon Book. [...] It was a week or so before our trip and I began to get anxious about what we were going to do once we got there. [W]hen Lebawit’s book arrived I was able to pick out what I wanted to see within reason... hike waterfalls, deep sea fish, meet locals, cook, eat, and play. We explored the Samana Peninsula with the help of our guidebook. The book is a wealth of information of where to stay, do and see in the DR. We are talking about revisiting the DR, so I will be purchasing Lebawit’s guidebook again! I felt like having her guidebook was like having a friend leave you a lovely letter about an amazing place she loves☺ Thank you!" -Amazon Customer review
Moon Belize (12th edition 2017, Moon Guides)
Get a copy of the most frequently updated of all the guidebooks on Belize. This is the most current edition of MOON BELIZE, releasing in November 2017. It's my third edition and it is in full color again, filled with the best of Belize–from culture to the great outdoors, food and and lodging. It also has a new Top 10 Experiences section at the front. I share my favorite places, custom itineraries–refreshed with every edition–such as a 14-day cultural tour, including best dive and snorkeling sites, as well as background on the various regions. With every edition, I improve the content to reflect as much local and sustainable travel as possible.
I've explored Belize over numerous long term stays, for several years in a row–including a three month stint as a sponsored writer, photographer and blogger in residence with the Belize Tourism Board. Feel free to consult the reviews from my first edition or second edition of Moon Belize, and view additional Belize material on my blog.
"I live in Belize and I am not surprised that Lily has not only captured the best and the most comprehensive look at our Country, but she has managed to capture the spirit that is Belize. [S]he hits the nail on the head for everything that is special about this tiny country... Her photographs are brilliant and her writing style is easy and straight forward. This is the ultimate Belize bible and I highly recommend it." - Jackie F.
Moon Belize Cayes (Second edition 2017, Moon Guides)
This second edition continues to focus on Belize's offshore cayes or islands–from Ambergris Caye all the way down to the deep souther Sapodilla Cayes. The book is in full color–filled with dreamy island photos.
It includes an Underwater Marine Life guide at the back of the book, including where to stay, eat, or rent an island. It also includes a new Top 10 list at the front to make your trip planning easier.
"I bought all three travel books on Belize I could find, wanting to squeeze every bit of fun that I possibly could for my 12 days in Belize. The Moon book BY FAR was the best book (better than Fodor’s or Lonely Planet) in my opinion. If all Moon books are written as well and concise as this one then I will buy a Moon book for every trip in the future. A minister at my church calls me "the fun maximizer", but the Moon Belize Handbook written by Lebawit Lily Girma takes it to a whole new level. I’d like to thank her for all the hard work putting together such a travel treasure!" - Bret L.
Moon Belize (11th edition 2015, Moon Guides)
This edition of MOON BELIZE was released in November 2015. It's my second edition and it is in full color, filled with the best of Belize–from culture to the great outdoors, food and and lodging. I share my favorite places, custom itineraries such as a 14-day cultural tour, including best dive and snorkeling sites, as well as background on the various regions.
I've explored Belize over numerous long term stays, for several years in a row–including a three month stint as a sponsored writer, photographer and blogger in residence with the Belize Tourism Board. Feel free to consult the reviews from the first edition of Moon Belize, and view additional Belize material on my blog.
Moon Belize Cayes (First edition 2014, Moon Guides)
This first edition focuses on Belize's offshore cayes or islands–from Ambergris Caye all the way down to the deep souther Sapodilla Cayes. The book is in full color–filled with dreamy island photos.
It includes an Underwater Marine Life guide in the front of the book, including where to stay, eat, or rent an island. Mainland jump off points are also included, such as Cayo, Dangriga and Placencia.
Rough Guide to Jamaica (2018 edition)
Co-authored with Sarah Hull, this book reflects the new and current ways to explore Jamaica's culture and outdoors, from organic farm tours to reggae fests, and hiking trips. Along with a curated selection of guesthouses, hotels, resorts, and villas. My chapters include the western, southern, and eastern coasts of Jamaica, from Hanover all the way down and across to Kingston, including Mandeville, Treasure Beach, Bluefields, Belmonth, and more.
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