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The local currency varies from island to island. There are Barbadian dollars, eastern caribbean dollars, US$ and euros on the French islands. However US dollars are widely accepted by taxi drivers etc so take some low denomination notes to avoid possibly getting change in local dollars. Be wary you dont get quoted a price in local dollars and then charged in US$ as there is a big difference.
The american dollar is king but take small bills as well for drinks and taxis.
We were in the Caribbean in December and took only USA $ and had no trouble at all using it but take the small bills as a few of them were unable to change the larger $20. bills We were in St Lucia Barbados Tortola St Vincent Bonaire St Marteen Catalina Tortola Grenada and all accepted the USA $ no problem.
Hi My Husband and i went to the carabbean in Nov 07 inc those you mention. We changed out English money on the ship to American Dollars. On the Islands they have there own Dollar and it is priced more expensive than the American Dollar so you have to ask where you are shopping to price it in American Dollar. Hope this is of help. Beryl of Birmingham.
They all take US Dollars,We have been to them all.
We went on a caribbean cruise last March and used at all ports of call..........American Dollars,(small denominations) .......... Visa Cards.......... and they will take English Pounds,if vitally nessessary,but don't carry too much around with you,because although lovely people,you could find yourself a target of pick pockets.P.White Dorset.
From my experience, all the Caribbean Islands accept US Dollars, and, apart from Cuba, American Express Travellers' Cheques are accepted worldwide, and are the best and safest form of currency.
Gill NIckson, Spain.
Ihave been on several cruises to the caribbean , all with princess cruises and carnival cruises , and they both have taken u.s. dollars as well as the different ports that we have stopped at , also visa and mastercard are taken on board and ashore. i recommend st kitts a really beautiful island and people are so friendly. we are going on another with princess lines in dec09.
I did the cruise last January and the currancy is Dollars.
You can use any currency in the Eastern Caribbean states but if you use an ATM your change is in EC dollars, so take US dollars with you (M&S has best rates) and remember all goods you buy will show US and EC dollars (confusing at first as things look so expensive but easy to work out and most duty free shops, jewellers or sports good shops have good assistants to help you. All the islands mentioned are lovely (St Kitts and Antigua our special favourites) so have fun. Watts. Kirby Muxloe.