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Palma Real - internet

considering booking Palma Real varadero for March 2. Have a few questions 1) does anyone know if they have wifi service 2) Other than tours and souvienirs what would one need money for maybe Towel deposit-in room safe-drinks ??? 3) currency does anyone know the exchange for Canadian dollars and do you exchange them at airport or where? 4) what happens with your Cuban money when you leave can you change it back to Canadian finally electriciy—Does one need a convertor to run thins such as a laptop

I don’t know anything about the Wifi situation at the Palma Real but I’m guessing it doesn’t exist. Wifi is very rare in Cuba, usually only found at a few Havana hotels. Lastly, be forewarned, the internet is dial-up speed at best - you won’t be doing any “real” work via the Internet on your laptop.

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Where to buy Cuban Convertible Pesos: http://debbiesreviews.proboards88.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=Cuba&thread=7961&page=1

The exchange back to foreign currency is brutal, so plan your budget accordingly. Show up at the airport with 25 Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) for the departure tax and spend everything else in the Duty Free.

Laptop info here: http://debbiesreviews.proboards88.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=Cuba&thread=8158&page=1

holy cow just went back on line to book and apparently sold out since this am because week of Mar2 is no longer available

You’re welcome.

No internet at all in Palma Real. They have an arrangement with a neighboring hotel where the typical arrangement applies. You buy a card for 30 or 60 minutes of dial-up services in a computer room where other tourists line up waiting for their turn. It’s ok for checking email, but too slow and expensive for surfing or working online.

WiFi is not likely to turn up in a resort. The only places I’ve heard of it in Cuba are a couple of very high-end business traveler hotels in downtown Havana. The AI vacationers are lucky to get dial-up, and Cuban homes get neither.

Since the Palma Real is a very nice hotel for the price. If you get lucky and find a date you can go, be prepared to have the family get re-acquainted, as the internet won’t be taking up too much of their time :>)