Hi charliesangels, unfortunately I am not going to be much help to you. We have never purchased calling cards so I don’t know anything about that. We are “unavailable” when we are in Cuba so we don’t call home. If the internet is working we will send a “nananananana” email but other than that we have no contact when we are there. The rooms do have a safety deposit box. We have never been charged for them but crosw jr reported that when they were there last week they charged $2.00 per day – this is something new. Beach towels – sometime they ask for a deposit, sometimes they don’t sorry that is not much help but es cuba and the rules change from week to week. Usually what happens is you go to the front desk and get a card for the towel (no charge) and then you take the card to the towel hut and get a towel. Before you leave you trade in your towels and get your card back and hand that in when you check out. You can trade your towels for fresh ones throughout the week. If you lose your towel or your card they charge you for the towel (not sure what the current charge is – probably $15 - $25.00)
Adapters – they have at least one outlet in the room that is 110, the rest are 220. They are marked so you won’t make a mistake. We take a battery charger for our scooter but it is okay for up to 240 volts so we don’ t need a converter. Your usual appliances (hairdryer, etc) will probably only take 110 volts so you will have to be careful not to plug them into the 220 plugs. The time thing – I’m not sure, they do change but at a different time than we do so and I’m not sure when they change. Either way it is only an hour different so not much of an adjustment
Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful for all of your questions. 17 more sleeps – how exciting, we are down to 10 now – I did my packing on the weekend so we are good to go. A few more things to throw in and we’re on our way.