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Old November 8th, 2012, 01:25 PM
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I have just joined this forum and am from England, so don't know if anyone can help me please?

We are going on a Caribbean cruise at the end of January and visiting the following islands:

Barbados, Aruba, Curacao, Magarita Island (Venezuela), Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten, British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Dominica and back to Barbados.

I have two questions really:

1) Which currency is the best to use? Will all of these islands accept the US dollar?

2) What is the best way to take currency, cash or dollar travellers cheques?

Any advice gratefully received.

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Old November 9th, 2012, 02:56 AM
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You won't have much trouble taking dollars. In all my travels there was only one port where they didn't take them in the Caribbean, can't atm remember which, but right on the pier was a teller window right outside where you can exchange. I just wanted a coke after an excursion and skipped it due to the line. Also every ship I've been on exchanges currency for the guests, though how much of each kind is limited of course.

I would ask the concerige on day 1 if you need to change from Euro/dollar over and if at all needed they will say which ports dollar might not be adviseable. Most ports are safe-ish but I'd reccomend taking $50 and leaving the rest in your room safe.
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Just take $US for small things & use a credit card (with care) for anything larger. Do be careful about exchange rates as the various islands have different currencies, some use the $EC, some like Barbados have their own national currency $BDS, all these have different exchange rates against the dollar & it has been known for unscrupulous persons to quote in local but then insist it was $US which is several times more money.
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