I saw an earlier post about calling from Port. Has anyone recent information about calling from ports of Grand Cayman, Cozumel or Belize City? We had thought about cell phones, but roaming charges would probably kill us. I read that there were not many pay phones (at least ones that would accept calling cards). Are prepurchased cards still the best?
the pre-paid phone cards work great if they are for international calls, check first. We have used the "calling centers" in the past. It costs a little bit more but you are paying for the convenience. Its private and is good for a quick, hello how are you, type of phone call.
right on the main street in cozumel, there is a phone calling "store." you tell them what country you want to call and they send you to a private booth. once in there, you pick up the phone and dial the number - your billing starts as soon as the person answers. talk as long as you want. then when done, go to front and computer calculates how much you owe. i called canada - talked about 7-8 minutes and paid about $10. not bad - very easy, nice clear connection - no hassles or worries about paying up front.
I am guessing the pre-paid phone cards are also the best if you can buy them locally. I once used an ATT Calling Card (not a pre-paid card) from the Caribbean and paid a fortune, about $10 for a 5 minute call (most of it was the connection fee).
In Europe you can buy a pre-paid card to call the US for about 5 cents/minute. I would not be surprised tofind the same sort of thing in the Caribbean. Just go to a market and ask them the cheapest way to call the States - they should know.
Email from local internet cafes is still the cheapest way to communicate. You pay about $4/hour on shore for 'Net access.