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One day in Beirut - what to do?

We have been to Beirut a couple of times but have always taken the organised excursion to Byblos, St Mary's church, Jeita Grotto and then a stroll around the city to see the old ruins and then some free time in the city around the pedestrianised area with a short trip back to the port (mini-cruise from Cyprus) by coach.

This time, we will not be taking the excursion but want to do some Duty Free shopping by the port and then making our way into the city. Unfortunately, we don't know the name of the area we usually end up - but it's to the right of the port if you stand with the sea behind you...

We would have liked to go to Byblos for some shopping but if there are any similar type of shops close by, we would be happy to try that instead. Otherwise, how much should we pay for a taxi (round trip) for 4 people from the port to Byblos?

In the evening, we think we will take the excursion to the Casino. We've always missed it before as we've been too tired from our daytime excursion. Does anyone know the dress code for men and women?

The last question is what is the best currency to use? We live in Cyprus so now have Euro or is it best to use USD$?

We go on 24th October so a quick reply would be much appreciated :-)

Thank you!

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