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Before you start
Flight and arrival in USA
Check your PASSPORT whether it's valid. Do the ESTA-ONLINE-REGISTRATION.
More Information here...
More important information regarding entering the USA...
You have to have a CREDIT CARD. It is useful to have one, if you want to rent a car. But be aware that the name of the credit card and the name of the driver should be the same.
Attention: VisaElectron, Maestro/EC, Prepaid Card and Debit Cards are not considered a CREDIT CARD!
Book your FLIGHT timely. You can do it up to 11 months in advance.
IMPORTANT: Check your tickets just for any typos.
Get more information here...
Book your RENTED CAR timely, when you are still in EUROPE.
More information here...
Don't forget your valid DRIVER LICENSE and your voucher for your rented car.
Your driver license should be readable in ENGLISH. Otherwise you need in addition an International Driver License.
If you or your fellow travelers have a HANDICAP certificate, they should take it with you. Read more...
Book your HOLIDAY HOME timely.
Some associations have a deadline for registration 30 days before rental period.
An overview of all rental units you'll find here...
A STEP-BY-STEP description of a standard rental procedure is here...
Ask your AIRLINE about any news and restrictions about
LUGGAGE and HAND LUGGAGE.
Make COPIES from all your documents, like
Passport, Driver Licence, Credit Card, Flight ticket etc.
In case of a loss it's useful to have a copy.
A TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE is useful too. It costs almost nothing and could save a lot of money.
More information here...
Have always our PHONE NUMBERS handy.
Print out this sheet of paper and add our numbers...
Keep in mind that in the USA 110 volts are coming out of the socket.
Since the euro plug in the US do not match, an adapter is useful.
If you want to use your German cell phone in the USA, read here:
For certain products there are import restrictions in the United States.
In simple terms: Do not import fruits, vegetables and other plant products.
In addition, do not import meat and meat products. Imports of more than $ 10,000 is prohibited.
For a detailed list look on the website of the US Consultate.
It makes sense to have a TRAVEL WITHDRAWAL INSURANCE. Get more information here...
Get enough US dollar in cash. In general, the rental fee of holiday homes are paid in cash.
To carry cash a neck pouch or a fanny pack is useful.
Read here the importance of the currency EURO in the United States:
Read here where you can change EUROS into US dollars:
Due to the Florida climate there are failures possible regarding Internet, Telephone and Television.
Here are some hints to help yourself. Read it before departure.
A SUMMARY of all you shouldn't forget:
Passport, Flight tickets, Driver's license, Credit card, Voucher for rented car, rental contract, Dollars...
Suncreme, Sunglasses, Hat, Second pair of glasses, your medicine, first-aid kit, Camera or video camera, and Guide books.
Mark your luggage by a coloured band. So it could be easily identified by you.
Supend the delivery of your newspaper, shut all faucets,
deposit your house key at your neighbor and get started...
Enjoy packing bags!
CHECK-IN TIME: The specified time on the flight plan is the departure time of the aircraft.
The departure time is not the time to which you need to check-in, nor the time to which you must be ready for boarding.
The CHECK-IN TIME is the latest possible time to which you may be accepted for embarking the airplane.
After CHECK-IN be aware that you need time for the SECURITY CHECK.
The BOARDING TIME is the latest time you are required to be at the gate to get into the airplane.
Ride by car to NAPLES
At the AIRPORT SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION...
Don't make jokes and don't be ironic!
Don't make any comments. Answer only with YES or NO.
And instruct also your company in the same manner.
In December 2014, a doctor from Venezuela had to pay $ 90,000 to the Miami airport authorities because, through his jocular remark
he had a bomb in a suitcase, an alarm was triggered.
All about FLYING...
During the FLIGHT you have to fill out the I-94W Form (Non-Immigrant Arrival Record)
and the customs record.
Both you'll get from the flight attendant.
You need the data from your passport and from the rental contract.
If you write numerals - write it like the English write.
A SEVEN and a ONE could be easily mixed up...
At the FIRST AIRPORT in the USA (your first stop-over in the States)
you have to pass the IMMIGRATION.
Show your passport, your I-94W Form and you custom record to the officer.
A SMALL STUB of the I-94W Form have to remain in your passport for the departure.
Then pick up your luggage and pass the custom.
There you have to show the custom record.
If this airport is a stop-over airport you have to drop your luggage at the counter.
By picking up your RENTED CAR you have to take care of...
Your stay in NAPLES and departure
SPEEDING is expensive in Florida.
Tickets in the States can cost you douple or triple more than in Europe.
Go on and read the MOST IMPORTANT RULES of the US traffic...
Hints about the ADDRESS and the DIRECTIONS to your rented home - have a look here...
On each website you'll find a description how to get to your vacation home.
But also take advantage of Google-Maps.
Simply enter the address at Google-Maps and you'll get the information.
Print it and have the information handy if you need it.
Regarding the TIME OF ARRIVAL you'll find information here...
If your rented home is located in a GATED COMMUNITY you have to learn how to get in - especially during the night.
FALLING WATERS Info...
THE SHORES Info...
When you pass the gate man you have to look for your rented home.
Read our descriptions and print out our maps e.g. from FALLING WATERS.
For FALLING WATERS click here...
All information about the DOOR KEY you'll find here...
Read here, where you can buy FOOD and other stuff:
Status: JULY 2017
After your first night call the landlord's representative (caretaker) and inform her/him that everything is okay.
If you have any complaints, talk to us IMMEDIATELY. Only in this way we are able to immediately remedy the situation.
If you have to do a payment, make an appointment with her/him.
Find the phone numbers on the rental contract.
In no case go to the caretakers home without an appointment.
If it's your first stay in the USA ask the caretaker that she/he could explain all the appliances:
e.g. dryer, micro wave, stove, AC, washer and dish washer.
Unfortunately, with the start of the digital TV the handling of the television sets has become more complicated.
You should read this:
If you have any questions or complains - please call the caretaker immediately
to give us a chance to explain or to fix it.
Regarding your HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES we have some proposals:
Minor details, but important...
If your rented home has a garage - don't forget to put the REMOTE CONTROL for the garage door on the bar desk.
Don't leave it in your car.
Some people say - it's not necessary: 3 days before departure we call our airline to confirm the flight back to Europe.
Regarding the time of LEAVING THE VACATION HOME here are some information...
What you have to consider when coming back and ENTERING THE EUROPEAN UNION.
The customs will look for...
If you still have any QUESTONS try to get an answer here...
Otherwise send us an e-mail. We are always there to serve you.