GPS in Cuba

Old Mar 7, 10, 10:29 am
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GPS in Cuba

Is it true that GPS units are banned in Cuba? So I can't bring one in but could car rental companies in Cuba provide us with one?

I always feel like I've lost an appendage when driving in unfamiliar places without a GPS unit!
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Old Mar 7, 10, 6:56 pm
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I found this discussion that may be of interest to you:

http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/po...ex.htm?t=60933

Short answer for you: NO!

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Old Mar 7, 10, 7:17 pm
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Thanks, MileageAddict.

My Blackberry has GPS capability. I do not know if Cuba is mapped.

I presume it would be safer to leave my Blackberry at home, than to get it confiscated?!
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Old Mar 8, 10, 12:08 am
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GPS works just fine in Cuba.

On iPhone 3G(S) with OffMaps you can pre-load the maps for Cuba (Havana is well covered with all the details, smaller cities less so, plenty of roads around the country). I didn't need it much but it was a great backup in the pocket.

GSM works pretty well in Cuba (mobile phones seem to be very popular with the locals) but I'm not sure how the roaming is with US carriers. From Europe it worked just like visiting any other country.

If you look like a TV crew arriving to the country, the customs may be interested in what you have but otherwise I've never encountered any interest. Last time we flew direct from/to Europe but the previous two trips have been part of RTW traveling and I had quite a bit of electronics with me, DSLR & lenses, couple of P&S's, three portable hard drives, laptop, a FullHD video camera, GPS logger, ...

They do have x-ray after the immigration so in theory they could find whatever you have. It's usually quite a mess and I think they're more into food and other biological things.
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Old Jun 30, 10, 6:32 am
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Many visitors bring their Blackberries to Cuba - none have reported any problems with customs.
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Old Jan 16, 12, 8:17 am
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Great news - looking forward to my first trip.
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Old Jan 23, 12, 8:48 am
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You can bring your blackberry, iphone, and ipad, no one is going to confiscate it.
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Old Jan 23, 12, 8:49 am
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Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
Great news - looking forward to my first trip.
Where are you going in Cuba? It is a beautiful country.
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