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What is this black patch on the ocean floor featured on Google Maps?

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 ...
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What is this black patch on the ocean floor featured on Google Maps?

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 ...
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Why is it forbidden to wear camouflage in some Caribbean Islands?

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 ...
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Acceptable ways to bring Fruits and Vegetables into the US

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/...
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Acceptable ways to bring Fruits and Vegetables into the US

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. ...
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ESTA: re-entry after several caribbean stops

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 ...
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ESTA: re-entry after several caribbean stops

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 ...
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Is it appropriate for a cruise ship beer dispenser to charge gratuity/tip?

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 ...
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Does a same-day return ticket count as a "through ticket to some other country"?

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 ...
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What is this black patch on the ocean floor featured on Google Maps?

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 ...
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After my VWP to the US expires, can I travel to nearby countries?

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 ...
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Traveling on the ABC islands (Lesser Antilles)

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 ...
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Caribbean Islands or adjacent to the sea? Onward ticket ESTA requirements!

Non-insular countries bordering the Caribbean Sea are not included unless they are "territory or possessions" of the UK, the Netherlands, or France. First, the statute establishing the visa ...
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How much is a boat trip from Venezuela to Trinidad?

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-...
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Are there ATMs at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts?

The St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Ltd indicates that it has an ATM located at RLB International Airport.
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Brunei Passport, UK Residence + Permit, trying to go on a cruise in the Caribbean - double check my conclusion?

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 ...
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Caribbean cruise with Indian Passport and German permanent residence permit with first port of entry : Dom. Rep

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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Acceptable ways to bring Fruits and Vegetables into the US

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 ...
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How can I go from Canary Islands to the Caribbean by sea in October?

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 ...
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Is it possible to travel to Cuba by sea (from e.g. Mexico)?

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. ...
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Dominican Republic accepted currency and tipping

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 ...
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Ferries from Europe to Kingston, Jamaica or Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

You're probably out of luck without delving into the world of freighter travel or private boats. There are cruises from Europe to the Caribbean. However none that I could find go via Jamaica or ...
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How much is a boat trip from Venezuela to Trinidad?

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 ...
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What is considered impolite in Central/South American area

In Ecuador greeting with a kiss on the cheek is very common. If you don't kiss them on the cheek or pull away when they try to kiss you its very rude. I know from experience. Its like in America if ...
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How can I go from Canary Islands to the Caribbean by sea in October?

I don't know of any regular scheduled shipping from the Canaries to the Caribbean. However I have a couple of suggestions for things to try out: Repositioning cruises. Sometimes cruise lines have to ...
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Caribbean Travel from Miami to Nassau to Santiago de Cuba

Question 1: There are only charter flights between Miami and Santiago. However, Aerogaviota and Bahamasair fly directly from Nassau to Havana. As for Miami-Havana flights, American, Delta and Frontier ...
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Does a same-day return ticket count as a "through ticket to some other country"?

OK, so finally I actually managed to reach someone, namely the lawmakers of Montserrat themselves. A same-day return does not count as a "through ticket", meaning that you only qualify for that ...
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What is the connection procedure from KLM to Winair (and vice-versa) in Sint Maarten?

Although KL (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) and WM (Winnair / Winward Island Airways) have a ticketing and baggage agreement the connection in SXM means you touchdown in one country en-route to another. I ...
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Visiting Montserrat from St Kitts

Even Rome2Rio suggests the only way is to fly to ANU (Antigua) and then you're needing to get from there to MNI. That's an hour flying, which immediately pretty much rules out any other transport (...
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How can I find small resorts in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic?

When looking for hotels in specific areas I like using google maps. I just look around and click around. I use both the street view and satellite view help to judge the size and the quality of the ...
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