Tunisia has a closed currency. This means you cannot get Tunisian Dinar before you enter the country. You must exchange your money whilst you are there. You can do this in your hotel - exchange rates are generally the same everywhere.
What you must do is keep the reciepts you are given when changing money as you must change you Dinar back to whichever currency you need before leaving the country. This can be done at the airport, but will not be done without a reciept and you cannot take Dinar out of the country.
Ladies please beware in Tunisia. Enjoy your holiday be aware of the dangers of Bezness. This is where local men want you to fall in love with them but they have a plan. They are after your money and/or a visa to the UK where it is extremely hard for them to get to without help. Arm yourself with information before you travel by googling Tunisian Love Rats and you'll see what I mean and watch for those danger signs. Cheers Bar is absolutely rife for this type of behaviour and they are extremely convincing so be warned. They have a different woman with every holiday coach and they have no problem with age, size, status etc. Their goal is to use you for what they can get out of you. Love really does not come into it despite what they say. Some of them have been at this for a very long time and it supplements their income nicely.
Their stories are heartbreaking but they always have enough money for drink and cigarettes and trust me, none of them would be without a mobile phone so they do alright really.
Hold on to your heart and your money. Believe me it will save you a whole lot of heartache further down the line if you do.
this beach bar has got worse and worse over the last few years it has gotten really run down with no effort to clean up the area or make repairs to the bar itself the kitchen is located at the back of the hut right next to the disgraceful toilets which i have never seen cleaned and are often unusable the kitchen itself is absolutely disgraceful with an old dirty worktop and sink area
the beach bar itself does not reflect the hotel bel air as this hotel is totally clean
it just uses the name to attract english people it is owned and run by locals i think the hotel rents it out
they encourage beach sellers who they know and charge them a percentage of what they sell to tourists which encourages the seller to rip off tourists
please be sure to check your bill as some staff will attempt to charge you without giving you a bill so that they can charge extra for themselves
all in all this is a terrible beach bar and there is much nicer in the area
When being approached by the local imposter(hotel worker waiter whatever) and he says remember me i work at your hotel you say yes i remember so can i have that 15 dinars that i lent to you last week he is soon on his way and you are left in peace.
If you travel without male company, it will automatically lead you to a lot of unwanted attention through the male population.
As you may think, the waiters could be an exeption, because they fear to lose their job, you are wrong. Even they will constantly trying to hit on you.
Some experiences I just have to share:
Waiter upon the mention of my boyfriend: "Boyfriend? Here in Tunisia? No? So, no problem for me.
Another waiter, whom I really broke the heart, he wandered around with his sad face all the time afterwards. He kept on coming to my table, even wanted to discuss the topic, how I have to understand, he is tunesien, he needs me alone for himself etc.
Well, take it with a sense of humour, usually one refuse puts them off.
tunisians are very "graby". at shopping and every where ,were, there are handycrafts items, small camelots fair or the gorgeous and busy souks all around tunisia.u all know by now how to deal with it. but the tip here is about lonely girls. if u go there on your own or with a girl friend, well, you'll be the target, for the tunisian machoman. even a regular couple, if the man leaves the gfriend or wife behind or alone, when u return a tunisian guy will be close. so don't feel do annoy, and with a smile is the best way to deal with.
Young men at the medina implying that you should know them because they work at your hotels. They use this to catch your attention and then guide you to their "family" stores. Yet another way to get you to pay attention to a sales pitch.
Shopping is shopping, but don't expect any bargains just because "they work at your hotel." Bargain hard and expect them to use their new-found link to separate you from as much of your money as they can
You'll notice when walking in the street that many people will cross the street in front of you by saying : " remember me? I work in your hotel" In fact this is not true. These men are doing this so you'll think that they are from your hotel and you'll take to them. Then they will tell you that they have a free day and will propose their services as a guide for a day. In fact they are working for shops vendors and their jobs is to bring tourists in shops and they get a percentage on what have been sold.
So don't trust any of them.
We had the surprise to see some people walking by our side and asking us if we were interested to buy some cannabis.
It was really funny because the police was just 10 meter away from us but this man asked us.
Just for information in Tunisia, drug is strictely forbidden even for "personnal use". So if you don't want to visit their prison be carefull. Heard that it is not that nice there.