Author: Debbie (---.asm.bellsouth.net)
Date: 05-25-05 20:35
<I’m also wondering how to keep my valuables (passport) safe when I go swimming. If there aren’t lockers maybe I could leave it in the safe hands of ...? (maybe the dive shop owners?) Are there any accommodations for $40 or less? Advice on this matter would be really appreciated. >
Believe it or not, there is little theft on Culebra. Don't advertise that you've got valuables, and be smart about where you stash them, and you should be fine. The beaches are largely deserted, so if you were able to put them with your towel, and keep an eye on it while playing in the ocean, you should be fine.
<Having minimal $ I’m not going to be able to rent a car and I’m putting all my trust into the publicos. If I’m being foolish please let me know. I’m not sure how they work (do they run on a timetable, physical or metaphysical?) or even where they go from but I expect it to be obvious when I get there?>
In Culebra, or in Puerto Rico itself? In Culebra, the vans will be there when you step off the ferry. There is a mad rush to be the first one to catch a ride. Hang out for a few minutes, and let the crowds pass you by, then catch one out to the beach (and campground). Every day, when the ferry arrives, there will be vans at the beach to take you back into town, otherwise, it may be hit or miss, or you can call one to come get you. Just ask around; it works pretty well. Maybe you would like to rent a scooter for just one day to have a tour of the island.
<I also plan to go scuba diving (ok, this is where the budget gets blown!) - I’m a qualified BSAC diver but BSAC don’t issue certification cards like PADI – would the dive shop accept a photocopy of my qualification book? I want to buy a cheap but good enough quality (being able to see the fish in the photos would be swell!) underwater camera – any recommendations? (Debbie?)>
Walter & Monika are from Switzerland, so they likely have served other BSAC divers. It's worth calling or e-mailing them to ask before you arrive. Walter rents underwater cameras (digital and still). If you've never shot underwater, I would recommend renting a digital. You will be amazed how badly your pictures stink the first time. :>) If you rent, at least you haven't felt like you wasted money buying a camera. Disposable underwater cameras only work to 10 feet, so you won't get any good shots. Trust me, I've tried them all!
<I’m not greatly into making reservations in advance and from what I can gather about the island’s relaxed way of life, this shouldn’t be a problem. However, please do tell me if things are going to be choc-a-bloc (with regard to the campsite and diving trips) and I’ll make them. >
Shouldn't need reservations in the summer
<Is the water safe to drink?>