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If you zoom in, an atoll appears in that area: Yet, this looks a little strange. But also have a look at the group of four black spots north of your area. If you zoom in, the spots are suddenly filled with satellite images. This is just a guess, but I think the usual satellite images are overlaid by a layer of ocean images, and this layer is made ...


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I think it's Serrana Bank / Banco de Serrana, "a mostly underwater reef with 6 cays." from Wikipedia The Google imagery is misleading in that it looks like the entire area is an island. The color change is mainly due to the relatively shallow depth in the area with the edges being the reefs. And, surprise! there used to be a US military base there.


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You fruit WAS inspected. You showed it to the customs officials, they inspected it, determined what it was, determined that it was not allowed without a permit (as per https://epermits.aphis.usda.gov/) and thus confiscated/destroyed it.


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The law's genesis seems to be to keep the military identifiably military and everyone else civilian. As reported by Theresa Gordon of the Antigua Daily Observer, on July 23, 2013: Anyone caught wearing or selling military-type camouflage clothing will be arrested. The get-tough stance was announced by Staff Judge Advocate of the Antigua & ...


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Concerning fruits and vegetables: here's the USDA's page on how to get a permit. The form itself is here (PDF), and doesn't even seem to require a fee. The usual processing time is 30 days. However, a permit probably wouldn't have helped you. The USDA's Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Manual (PDF, 500+ pages) lists which fruits and vegetables can be ...


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Your admission to the US, and your readmission for the remainder of your initial 90-day period of admission, are governed by the terms of the visa waiver program (VWP). ESTA is nothing more than authorization to travel to the US to apply for admission under the VWP. The provision for readmission is established in the Code of Federal Regulations at 8 CFR ...


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This is one of those things where you might not have a problem doing nothing but it would only take one picky Immigration Officer to not only ruin your day, but your prospect of future travel to the USA to make it not worth it. Furthermore, you might not be able to get onto the Jamaica to USA flight if the airline company also sees that you have an expired ...


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In American/Cruise ship culture, is this an appropriate practice? YES. It is appropriate for a US based cruise/cruise line. The gratuity is automatically added to all beverage purchases. Automatic gratuities are pooled so all Beverage Service crew will share it. The machines still require regular cleaning, servicing and maintenance which is done by the ...


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If Timatic is considered authority, it confirms this too: The following are exempt from holding a visa: Nationals of Sweden with any proof of identity (other than a passport) for a maximum stay of 14 days if they hold a confirmed onward ticket. Visa issuance: Multiple entry E-Visa valid for 1 year can be obtained through the internet, prior ...


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Dominican Republic's currency is the Dominican Peso, DOP. It might be possible that Canadian dollars are accepted, but I suggest to use US dollars (USD), as they are widely accepted. In touristic areas (and resorts), restaurant menus and stores have their prices in USD. You can use either USD or DOP, they will be both accepted most of the time in touristic ...


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There is only one definite confirmation and that is the flight. If you are on it, then it exists. Now, you might want to know if it will probably occur in advance and for that, the second best option is the airline itself. You checked Cubana's site which is a good step. To do better, call them and ask about that flight when whether it runs a the particular ...


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There a ferry mentioned on the Rome2Rio site which also mentioned that the tickets for the ferry can be bought on Pier1TT, which appears to be in the process of upgrading, so they give a phone number to call.


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Well I don't know about the other countries, but Suriname is quite safe to cross and travel alone. Although I still recommend you to travel with a guide, just because you might get lost. The people there are very friendly and many of them speak English, so you wont have any problem if you've lost your way. Furthermore there are many different cultures, ...


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Its nothing - its an artefact introduced by the Google Maps mapping system due to poor data, imagery or other issue. There are loads of similar artefacts in the Google Maps product forum topic "Data Problems Compendium v 1110 January 19, 2012"


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You're considered to have left the US at the recorded departure time of your flight which leaves the US to any other country. You need to depart within the 90 days stay granted when you originally entered the US. The 90 day clock everyone refers to begins when you receive your admitted stamp on entry to the US, and it's only relevant if you re-enter the US ...


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Do not get mugged in the first place. The following information comes from Marc McYoung and I found it very convincing and informative. The tips are also usable to avoid theft or rape. A criminal needs (a) a victim and (b) to get near the victim From (a) we know that if there are too many people, we are relatively safe. The danger of a safe escape is ...


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Personally, I'd definitely go for renting a car. Puerto Rico's a very car-centric place and you really need to your own wheels to get around anywhere outside San Juan (and arguably there as well if you plan on venturing outside the old city walls). Roads, signage and driving isn't too far behind mainland US standards, especially compared to what you see ...


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It will not be a problem to rent a car on either of the islands, although for Curacao I found the warning that it is advised to book and reserve before you arrive as the stock is not huge and rental locations do run out of cars fairly regularly. I guess that in popular times it will be the same on the other islands. All three islands have buses and taxis ...


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I was able to phone the ferry agency. A one-way ticket is about 6,500 Bolivares Fuertes (including taxes) (USD $1,035, EUR €755). Round-trip has a cost of about 13,000 Bolivares Fuertes. (USD $2,070, EUR €1,515) But a flight (for example from Margarita Island) is much cheaper. A Round-trip from Margarita Island to Port of Spain is about 5,000 Bolivares ...


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Ferry service has been discontinued from Chaguaramas (Trinidad) to Guiria (Venezuela) as of June 1st 2014... http://www.pier1tt.com/index.php/ferry http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2014-05-23/ferry-service-venezuela-will-end-june-1


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Good on you; you've certainly done your homework, and this will point you to a tool that will confirm your research, and make it easier. Sourced and provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Timatic database is used by carriers to verify passenger documentation requirements (this via the Emirates portal, as it is particularly user-...


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The St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd indicates that it has an ATM located at RLB International Airport.


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For anyone interested, my electronic residence permit was enough for this trip (considering I was staying at the first port of entry for a period of less than 24 hours).


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My experience is all over the place. At airports, many times I have mentioned "apples and bananas" and passed without further questions. At land crossings: I remember the border in Montana, where oranges were allowed, but not their peels. The lady explicitly say she had to destroy them; my kids have been laughing at that for years. Coming from the South, ...


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I don't have much good news for you. According to Freighter Trips (and various other sites I could find): Many people who are taking a freighter voyage as part of a long term stay abroad, or a permanent relocation, ask about the possibility of taking their pet with them. For animal lovers, this would certainly be a dream solution to their ...


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Yes, your Canadian money is accepted in the punta Cana area you don't need to do currency exchange but if you are going outside the resort you can ask them at the front desk to have a currency exchange for you. Also, usually when you pay a bill tips are included but is always nice to tip your room maid and those that take you around the resort, they will be ...


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Update as of 2016 Dec 14 According to this page (in Spanish): http://cartasdesdecuba.com/turismo-a-cuba-en-yates-de-lujos/ The company Sailo (boat rental) is offering trips to Cuba from Florida. There have also been news about cruise ships that include Cuba in their itinerary (also in Spanish): http://www.diariodecuba.com/cuba/1481146729_27256.html ======...


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Ah, see, the problem even with the CNN list, and indeed any list like this, is that beaches are subjective in terms of 'what is the best'. Some like busy beaches with lots of attractive people, others like party beaches, others like palm tree quiet deserted beaches. However, since your question asked about sites that have ranked the Caribbean beaches, yes, ...


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OOPS, a bit of humor from above!! Someone slipped a digit, or two, here. The Ferry isn't U.S.$2,000+. It's closer to U.S.$200. round trip. (The poster confused TT$ with U.S.$, or slipped a digit in her conversions.) Or the prices have dropped ~90% in a year.....not!!


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The main advantage of an all-inclusive resort is you know the cost and you needn't spend anything extra. This may suit certain types of budget conscious travellers who aren't intending on straying too far from the resort. If it turns out you don't like the resort food, then there may not be much you can do about it. Check in advance for positive reviews in ...


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