Caribbean and Central America Warnings and Dangers

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Caribbean and Central America Warnings and Dangers

  • Food and Drinks

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    One thing you really don't want to eat when you're in Cuba is a hamburger. They are, seriously, the most disgusting things I have ever eaten. Don't be sucked in by the 1CUC price, they are nasty, awful, yucky. There is really a lot better food to be had in Cuba than a hamburger. One caveat: Some of the burgers at the resorts are edible, if a...

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  • Taxi charges

    Nassau Warnings and Dangers

    beware - Taxi tried to charge me an additional $60 to transport my quiet and friendly dog (in his cage) when I arrived at the airport in Nassau (Jan 08, 2011). I asked the airport taxi attendant on duty for clarification and he said "taxis are public transit and must charge this surcharge, how much did your airline charge you to bring the dog to...

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  • Cerro de la Cruz

    Antigua Guatemala Warnings and Dangers

    There will be tour guides wandering the parque, but they will ask for money to take you up to the cross. The tourismo police escort tourists for free 10am/3pm each day. Or better yet, walk up there yourself. From the park, head up north on 4a ave norte, until you hit the end, make a right turn, for couple blocks, you'll see a nice residential area...

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  • Robbery

    San José Warnings and Dangers

    When you are walking trough the streets dont look at your map were you have to... step into a restaurant or shop and look at your map there... keep some change in your pockets I was watching the map on the street searching for my hostel, a guy came to me and started talking in englisch and was walking with me... I talked back " the good guy I am"...

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  • Mopeds

    Holguín Warnings and Dangers

    MOPEDS!!! Please be careful when renting a moped... I've been to Cuba many times and have sort of gotten acustomed to this kind of transportation. Anyhow, I try to be extra careful regarless. I have seen many people get badly hurt, I would say on all of my trips... brokes arms, jaws, and many stories about flying off the road. This IS the best...

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  • Hustlers

    Santiago de Cuba Warnings and Dangers

    When you arrive at the via azul terminal in santiago, you are either in a hurry to buy a ticket or just leave after long trip from habana. please be careful as there are many people who are watching your movements and in one such moment when your defenses are down gone is your bag or money jacket or something else. Recently I was relieved of my...

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  • Water Hazards

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    If you want to swim in the ocean, you have to make sure you stay beyond the buoy. There are also currents you have to be aware of. All the beaches have flags that show you how safe it is to swim in the ocean: Red Flag = dangerous conditions; Yellow Flag = be careful; Green Flag = go and enjoy swimming in the ocean

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  • Belize City

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    Belize City is having a terrible problem with crime. There was a recent election in issue that sort of blew up in the face of the politicians after the national elections which had just occured days before I arrive in Belize. In the span of one week there were ten murders in Belize City. This, in a city of 75,000, is frightful. It is very risky to...

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  • Cuban cigars

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    Everyone allegedly has a relative or best friend working in a cigar factory in cuba. A cigar addict myself, I know they are fake for sure. The only time I would buy a box off the street is if I was planning on handing them out to people who don't smoke cigars as gifts. If you want cheap cigars, buy a box of Reloba's from a local for $10. They're...

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  • Sun protection

    Holguín Warnings and Dangers

    Holguin is very dry!! You will not feel the heat and therefore, please wear suntan lotion...or you will burn like me! Don't forget your feet and your LIPS!

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  • Drugs

    Santiago de Cuba Warnings and Dangers

    Do not, under any circumstances, carry dope or deal with anyone on the subject. This is something the authorities take very seriously, and you may not see the light of day for a while if caught. Stick to alcohol.

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  • Vendors

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    THE DIAMOND CENTER PURCHASING ANY JEWELRY FROM THE DIAMOND CENTER IS NOT RECOMMENDED !! THEY HAVE AT LEAST 2 LOCATIONS IN THE BAHAMAS, AND ARE NOT HONORABLE BUSINESS PEOPLE. BASICALLY THEY IGNORE / ERASE YOU AFTER YOU BUY JEWELRY FROM THEM. THE STONE FELL OUT OF MY RING AFTER 3 SHORT DAYS. MANY EMAILS & PHONE CALLS MADE TO THE DIAMOND CENTER...

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  • Bugs / Worms

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    I don't know when I was bitten, possibly on my horseback ride through the jungle. It was just a mosquito bite I thought. I came home and was still scratching at this really itchy mosquito bite on the back of my head. Then I noticed the lymph nodes on my neck had swollen up, as though it had gotten infected. So I went to the doctor and took...

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  • Jellyfish

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    These look like blown up blue condoms and will float on the water. If you see one on the beach (theres lots) give them a wide berth as the trailers (the long stringy things with the stingers, yes that is my professional description lol) will be just under the surface of the sand and will sting the bottom of your feet. And yes, the only relief from...

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  • Robberies

    Santiago de Cuba Warnings and Dangers

    How to avoid crime and delinquency in Cuba: this comes at a price, but having been robbed rwice in the last one year at palces where tourists gather, I have decided to avoid such places altogether. Instead of ViaAzul ( from santiago to baracoa), use a taxi ( usd 80 ). Fly the long distances. Avoid going to places where tourists gather. In Baracoa,...

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  • Safety

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    When I recently visited The Bahamas I brought along my young nephew to experience the place. Upon visiting we got situated into our room and chilled out for the night. The next morning before we went out to sea we cleaned up and got ready to leave when I released my little nephew had opened and brushed his teeth with Bulmax chafing cream. When I...

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  • Road hazards

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    This is the ferry to get to the other end of the island.There is a nice residential area then the road gets real bad. Make sure you have fresh batteries on the golf cart and know when the ferry stops running in the evening. 2007 UPDATE:! There's a bridge now I've been told! I'll leave this photo up for histories sake.....And Gas powered carts are...

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  • Scooter Rentals

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    Remember that these scooters are driven hard and not a lot of money for repairs. We drove 70K into the countryside and one scooter had mechanical troubles. We limped it back Varadero and it died. Don't get stranded! I got stung by a bee outside of Caderas, so be aware of that. Finally, don't get drunk and ride. I have seen a few people at the...

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  • Bad deal reviews

    Santiago de Cuba Warnings and Dangers

    This is addressed to all you other Brits out there. If you want to take a chopper ride to S.D.C. then you will have to book it directly with Gaviotatours as your normal holiday rep. will not be allowed to do it for you. The UK government does not encourage Brits to travel on this sort of transportation, mainly due to the age of the aircraft used....

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  • Sunburn

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    If you go snorkeling, WEAR LOTS OF SUNSCREEN, WEAR A T-SHIRT, AND DON'T STAY OUT TOO LONG! Despite my bouyance problems (I don't float, even with floatation devices), the fish and coral were so beautiful that I stayed out for two hours in only a swimsuit. Even with waterproof SPF 50 I ended up with a second degree sunburn over my entire back. NO...

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  • Weather

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    We arrived in June, which is after the big rainy season. In parts of Belize they receive over 200 inches of rainfall annually. The rain started coming down in buckets after our tubing excursion, but lasted only about 15 minutes. Later, while riding back to the port, we passed through areas that hadn't received a drop of rain. You can actually see...

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  • Hustlers / Jineteros

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    psssyt pssyt where you from? its not a friendly start of conversation. Probably they will be trying sell you something or give you directions (even you dont need them) expecting a tip back. Simply say NO and keep going. We have learnt our lesson on our second day on independent scooter trip to Matanzas. They hussle we got was increlible. Usually...

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  • Animals

    The Bahamas Warnings and Dangers

    PLEASE DON'T FEED THE WILDLIFE!!! The cruiseline set us up with a BBQ on CocoCay and hundreds of people were eating at the same time. Some of the 'brighter' ones thought feeding the birds would be fun. Once a few were fed, they all went nuts trying to get our food (duhhh)! When in a large crowd with lots of food and birds around, DON'T FEED THE...

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  • Dive shop

    Belize Warnings and Dangers

    If you are thinking about getting your Open Water certification, please visit my Honduras page for some very important tips on choosing a good dive shop.

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  • Sun Protection

    Varadero Warnings and Dangers

    When you first get to the Cuba sun, please wear sunscreen. We got burned the first day and it's not the best experience for the rest of the trip. Also remember to wear shoes or flipflops when you walk near vegetation. There are cactus in Cuba and it hurts when you step on their pins.

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  • The sun.

    Well, people with not the right colour or skin, shall be very careful to stay in the sun too much. You dont want to destroy a wonderful vacation in the Caribbean the first two days because you stayed too long in the sunshine and did not protected your sensitive skin. Be careful and protect your body with sun creams. Dont be afraid of the sun, but...

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  • Vieques, PR: Save yourself

    Given the cost of airfare, car rental, lodging, etc., there are many better deals in the Good Ol' USA. In conjunction with my daughter's wedding in Rincon, PR, my wife and I decided to try the picturesque beaches of Vieques Island. La Posada Vistamar is a reasonably priced if austere place to stay and the owner and staff are more than...

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  • Local Men touching tourist girls

    I only write this to save someone from getting in trouble in St. Lucia We were going to take the local mini bus which are in the market area turn left going out of the port and it's on the left. We were lied to by more than one person about were the buses were and wanted us to take their expensive taxi ride. We ended up not getting into a mini bus...

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  • SENSATION TIP - You get what you pay for

    We took the cheapest cruise Carnival had to offer. Before going I wondered how they could give us such a good deal for 5 night aboard. I now know - the food. I can honestly say that I ate nothing that was outstanding in flavor or quality. I can also say that I ate nothing that was so bad that I considered it inedible. However, by our last night, I...

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  • Watch the Obvious

    This relates to most islands except for St. Maarten. Be aware of your surroundings, especially in crowds. There could be persons who try to take your items loosley hanging on you. Also, in more remote areas, stick with a group to not get isolated.

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  • taxi's and busses

    if you are on an island taking a bus or a taxi beware! especially if you are visiting from a cruise ship and have to be back by a certain time. the people on the islands don't always go by the same time we do... aka they can be like 3 hours late and think absolutley nothing of it. (meanwhile your ship may have left without you!) so be sure to check...

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  • Passports needed to re-enter the USA

    NOTICE:The passport requirement for US Citizens to re-enter the US from the Caribbean is changing. Please note that effective December 31, 2006 all U.S. Citizens travelling into the United States from the Caribbean must have a valid US passport. You can apply at a local post office or immigration office.Renewal of a U.S. PassportYou can renew by...

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  • SENSATION TIP - BYOCoffee

    Luckily, two of my friends brought Coffee Presses with them so most of the time that's what we drank. However, every now and then, I broke down and had a cup of that "available 24 hours a day" Carnival coffee. Tastes like ASS!

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  • I've heard of some problems in...

    I've heard of some problems in Belize City, but we encountered the friendliest cab driver at the airport who took us into the city and waited for us from place to place. When I got back home and went to donate blood a few months later, I was told I was not allowed b/c Belize is a 'malerial' country, and I wouldn't be allowed to donate for a year!!...

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  • From the minute that we got...

    From the minute that we got off our plane in Negril, until the time that we left, there was someone asking us if we wanted any 'ganja'. That is marijuana in Jamaica. All you have to do is to tell them, politely, no and they will let you by without bothering you anymore.

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  • NEVER ride in a taxi alone. I...

    NEVER ride in a taxi alone. I was a stupid young college girl my first trip to Cancun and made a very wrong decision to meet my friends back at the hotel after this guy I met and I went running around. Needless to say it was the scariest thing I've ever done. I couldn't speak Spanish AND I didn't have enough $ to pay for the ride. The driver could...

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  • EVEN IF you are NOT prone to...

    EVEN IF you are NOT prone to sea-sickness (as I am not) the going is rough in the shipping lanes. We hit swells large enough to bring our propeller out of the water, while we were listing port to starboard.. They have a medical staff on board that will give you these great pills that really help. TAKE them before you start feeling the effects. I...

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  • remember that there is an hour...

    remember that there is an hour difference with Mexico and you could find yourself back to the future of one hour: at the same time you left Mexico but teletransported like in Star Trek... lol...

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  • I got my bookbag opened at...

    I got my bookbag opened at SanJose in the Day 2 times. Both women, the first time they got my friends wallet, then we learned for the 2nd. BE CAREFULAT THE COCA COLA BUS STOP IN SAN JOSE AND CERTAIN AREAS. My friend lives there and I thought she knew where we were going but a cop stopped us in the middle of the day and warned us Danger!

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