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  • Personally George I'd forget about passing anything on to a CDR representative but that's just me, your motivations are much different. (I've dealt with too many corrupt and petty CDR officials to waste any time with one who I didn't know personally…
  • Cost is always per room, not per person. Have fun. Cheers, Terry
  • Memories is at the east end of the penninsula. There's only a half dozen resorts that are out even further. To get back to the far eastern edge of "downtown" is 12+ km. Cheers, Terry
  • "... Tomorrow will be my second trip to Cuba. The people we met at the resort were wonderful. We stayed in contact with 1 employee throughout the year and consider him out adopted son..." ============================ So long as you don't mind shar…
  • Kail, you should read this thread, starting with my reply on Feb. 18, 2011. If you don't want to read the thread then at least read this: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g147270-c129786/Cuba:Caribbean:Think.Before.You.Gift.html If you still i…
  • "... it is more about them feeling good than what is good for the Cubans..." Bullseye. Truer words were never spoken. Cheers, Terry
  • Cayo Coco is a tourist enclave off the north coast of Cuba separated from the mainland by a 27 km long causeway. There is a security checkpoint protecting the island. There are no Cuban towns or villages on the island. In fact until a few years ago …
  • Everything you need to know about Money Exchange: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147270-c109329/Cuba:Caribbean:Money.Exchange.html Cheers, Terry
  • Everyone - no matter what your nationality - requires a Cuban Tourist Card to enter and stay in Cuba. You won't be allowed to board the aircraft from your departure airport without it. If you are simply transiting through Cuba on your way to Jama…
  • Have a nice time leahhi, and leave all your gifts for resort staff at home. Tip in CUC for excellent service (not to get good service) and have fun. Tranquilo! Cheers, Terry
  • If you had mentioned you were in London I would have said the Cuban Embassy located there is another option. As you discovered it's super easy to get the Tourist Card directly from them too. Have fun. Colombia is my favourite country in South Ame…
  • Dear anastassia, As mentioned repeatedly throughout this thread unlike departing from the UK or Europe the Cuban Tourist Card is a simple issue when departing from North/Central/South America and the Caribbean. You will always either be given …
  • Sorry, I'm not an expert on Auzzie credit cards and have no clue if Bankwest cards work. I do know that Westpac Master Card and Westpac Debit Master Card are fine. VISA debit card issued by MECU ANZ Visa works - but not their Travel Card. Don't a…
  • It'll be easy to bring it into the country, if you're questioned simply tell them it's yours and you're learning to play it - hopefully Aduana (Customs) won't ask for a song or two! That said, I can't believe your pal doesn't own his own instrume…
  • "... who indicated that very often they cannot get things like toothpaste as many resorts will sell their wares only to tourists and not Cubans..." That's a very typical line of complete BS... you were being gently scammed like countless other fi…
  • Thanks for that update Storm, I wasn't sure how Virgin was handling things these days. Good to know. Cheers, Terry
  • 1.) There are lots of Visa and Mastercards that have no US affiliation so they work fine in Cuba. 2.) I don't know anything about the Commonwealth bank, sorry. I do know the Westpac Master Card and Westpac Debit Master Card are fine. VISA debit c…
  • Have fun Talley and thanks for being a responsible/respectful visitor to the Island... Cheers, Terry
  • I assume you're visiting Cuba illegally, without an OFAC licence. In that case you have no choice, you MUST fly to Cuba via a 3rd country like Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, etc. Impossible to give you specific advice when you give no clue where you li…
  • Thanks K. Any other issues please feel free to ask. I don't know much about the resort scene, but I do have experience with most other aspects of the country. Have a gas! Cheers, Terry
  • This guy does great work with animals in Cuba. First class... http://www.spankyproject.org/cubaprojectframe.html http://spankyproject.blogspot.com.ar/ Cheers, Terry
  • The reason I'm against giving any medications away to anyone other than a health professional is there is too great a risk of the medication being improperly used. The language difference is a really big issue - most Cubans can't read the English la…
  • Read my long post from Oct. 22, 2010 here. It's still accurate. Cheers, Terry
  • Nationality is immaterial. Everyone gets a Tourist Card when departing from Canada. It's a complete no brainer. Have fun. Cheers, Terry
  • Milk is supplied free to all kids up to 7 years old. Cheers, Terry
  • There are no Cuban Immigration regulations whatsoever that require you to show proof of accommodation. Show up with a valid Passport and Tourist Card and you're welcomed with open arms. Have fun. Cheers, Terry
  • Sorry TimTom no clue. You used to not require anything if you could prove onward travel within 72 hours, but the last time I did that was several years ago so who knows what the situation is now. I suspect you'll be fine with nothing, but they mi…
  • I wish those people could turn into a fly on the wall after they've left the room... they would DIE FROM SHAME if they were forced to hear what the Cubans were really saying about them. Oh well, the world is filled with naive/dumb/egotistical touri…
  • 1.) The prices for the different insurance packages are clearly laid out in the links I gave you. 2.) As for average prices, which guide book are you using? If it's a fairly recent one then it'll be fairly accurate for prices. That said, if you'r…
  • Rules for receiving your Tourist Card vary so it's impossible to answer your question when you give no clue where you're flying from or which airline you're on - or whether you're on a package tour or flying independently. Cheers, Terry