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Calling all CVJ experts!

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Calling all CVJ experts!

We are starting to prepare for our 2 weeks at CVJ and we have a list of questions. We would appreciate any and all advice that you who have been there can give us. Thanks in advance for taking the time to help us out. Here goes the list...

1. We are having a hard time deciding how much cash to take for 2 weeks. We will change some at the airport, but if we run out, is there ALWAYS the opportunity to change Canadian money at the front desk?

2. Does the gift shop at the hotel take Canadian Master Card? What about tours, can we pay with Master Card?

3. Will we need an electrical adapter so we can charge our camera battery?

4. We are leaving the kids home alone, so we will want to check in on then every few days. What is the best way to do this? I am assuming a cell phone is useless, even for texting?

5. Has anyone done the Catamaran Crucero Del Sol? Thoughts? Cost?

6. What are the prices for the tours of Havana on the bus?

7. Where is the closest place to find a handicraft market? (outdoors is best)

8. Does anyone know of any fly fishermen in the area that do escorted tours? (please pm me )

9. If we run out of Canadian cash to change, where can we get cash from our bank of Montreal Master Card?

10. We would love to walk the Melicon. Is it safe, and what's the best way of doing this?

Sorry the list is so long! Thanks everyone!

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1. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

You can usually exchange money at the front desk, but don't run yourself so low that you can't manage if they are short. (going next door to Breezes might work in such a case)

Not sure, but I think the gift shop takes credit cards.

CVJ has 110 volts, standard outlet.

Internet is your cheapest alternative at 4 CUC/30 minute card. I think cell phone reception might be possible, but didn't use one there. If it is, texting is the way to go.

Havana tours from around 50 - 60 CUCs, or get a private one for less. Handicrafts at the resort (limited variety)

Malecon walking should be safe.....except if it's windy and water is cascading over the sea wall. If you take a private tour, it should be easy to arrange.

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2. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

used the internet. inexpensive but slow!

canadian credit cards accepted at the shops not at front desk

ban ks in havana will advance cash but be prepared to wait

the malecon is fine in good weather. hopefully that's what you'll have

ask for taxi prices outside the front reception or walk up to the road

we always carry an adapter just in case

the catamaran trips are out of varadero so it means tripping in and back plus the actual sail. too long a day for us golden oldies

so much snorkeling.. so little time!~ lol. take your water shoes

tours of all sorts have varying prices. varadero tour is the least expensive. you can also buddy up with others and share taxis to go at a more leisurely pace

you will have a great time. slow down and enjoy the beach!

carol e.

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3. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

We used our BMO Mastercard to pay for our tour to Havana - 55CUC per person with lunch included(booked with rep in lobby). Not much in the way of handicrafts at CVJ - there is a tour to Varadero - 25CUC I think - which will get you to a market. The Havana tour will also have a market visit at the end with a great variety of items/art to purchase. You can also walk up the road where a local lady brings out items to sell - would be a good way to support the locals. We took a taxi to Mantanzas - nice town to explore, also took in a baseball game there. Enjoy your trip -CVJ is great!

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4. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

I have used my cell phone on two separate occasions and never had a problem. I buy 'international' minutes from Bell, and simply dial out to call home. I called home almost every single night. 30 minutes for 50.00.

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5. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

You can text from a Rogers phone.

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6. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

the grumpster never has the right cell phone! lol. carol e.

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7. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

We have a Telus phone, do you know if that works?

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8. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

You can exchange at the front desk MOST of the time, not always, at least the week we were there.

No you won't need the adaptor. I brought one, but there were 2 110V plugs, so that was fine. They were clearly labelled too.

If your cell will work, use it, otherwise have patience with the internet!

For Havana, if you want to walk on the Malecon, you won't be able to do that with the bus tour as they have a set itinerary. Consider hiring a cab to bring you there, around, and back. Cost is approx $80-90 CUC. Our driver was Edel, arranged at the front desk. He was awesome, very kind, safe driver & spoke good English. You will save $$ and be able to do what you like. We walked the malecon from Paseo de Marti to Padre Varela - beautiful walk.

Have fun :)

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9. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

Sometimes you can make arrrangements with the bus tour to just drop you off in the morning and pick you up in the afternoon. That's usually cheaper than a cab.

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10. Re: Calling all CVJ experts!

No Telus will not work. That's what I had last year and borrowed someones Rogers phone to text home. Thanks Macdon!

The internet was not too bad but I did not go into my emails as I have no clue how to get into my outlook express, lol. Used Facebook instead.

Call Telus and see if they have a package for Cuba, maybe it is something you have to buy ahead of time. I think there is one other phone that will work but not sure on which one it is. It is cheaper to use the internet to e-mail than to call home from the front desk. Do not leave your phone on while there as the roaming charges will be a killer.

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