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Currency and type in Antigua

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Currency and type in Antigua

Hello all,

Can anyone give me advice on the best currency to use in Antigua. We are due to travel in March 07 to sandals resort. Do the shops etc.. accept travels cheques? as we prefer to use thses and should we use US dollars?

Thank you.

Wirral
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1. Re: Currency and type in Antigua

I personally haven't used travellers cheques in a long time, preferring to take cash and an ATM card. We used US dollars and sometimes were given change in the local currency which is Eastern Caribbean dollars - each one was worth about 20p! If you are on an All Inclusive you won't need so much cash but you will need twenty US dollars per person in cash for your departure tax. Even the beach vendors in Dickenson Bay took US dollars but I doubt that everyone would take travellers cheues. In English Harbour which is on the South of the island a barman told me they took Euros, Dollars and Sterling because they had so many different nationalities of boats in but we stuck to US dollars. Hope this helps.

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Hi, just got back from a week in Antigua. Everything is priced in US dollars and EC (Caribbean dollars). We used US dollars except when we were given some EC dollars in our change and we used them up. Everywhere takes US - even beach vendors as previous poster said. Have a lovley time - its fab, particularly Dickenson Beach.

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Take $US at least you can bring them home & use them elsewhere,Travellers cheques are waste of space, do you want to carry ID & have the same person HAVE to sign them? it's like asking the wife for pocket money (& vice versa) !!

The only advantage is of course, security but getting robbed is unlikely, as is having all your cash on you at once, TC's were before plastic.

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4. Re: Currency and type in Antigua

Hi

Just one word of warning about TCs, if you need to cash them in a bank you may have to wait in line a long time, maybe 3/4 of an hour.

You may be better with a credit card.

Best wishes - Mun

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Hello,

Thanks to everyone who replied to posting, information has been very helpful.

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You will get more for your money if you use ECD when coming from the UK. The USD/ECD rate is pegged at 2.7, but you will only get 2.5 if you use USD. For instance, the departure tax is $50ECD, but $20USD.

Yes, prices are generally given in both USD and ECD but you will always get a better deal in ECD.

So definitely use ECD. Also, you routinely get ECD back as change when you use USD and you have to do a lot of maths in your head to figure out if you get the right change.

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Hi all

Interesting post - we are travelling on 30 March for cricket world cup (let's hope England are!!) and were unsure which dollar to take. Judging by what you all say, will take a small amount of ECD and back it up with USD. Always take some USD in $1 bills for tips in the hotel! Have never known a barman/waitress/chambermaid refuse!! However, I take on board the exchange rate (ECD v. USD).

We're staying at Rex Halcyon Cove which looks OK... wd rather be at Sandals next door but our 16-yr old is coming with us!

We've visited Dom Rep, Yucatan Peninsular and Cuba all several times and never have we taken travellers' cheques since we queued for over an hour at an hotel inplant bank in Cayo Guillermo, Cuba!

Looking forward to it - thanks for the advice!

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Don't forget that every USD you spend, you've paid twice the commission to change your GBP. You pay a charge to buy USD in the first place, then you get only 2.5 ECD to one USD instead of 2.7 when you spend it there.

If you buy your currency online, and are spending £500 or more and not paying delivery like at M&S Money, you can buy 100 USD and the rest in ECD if you like. You can also specify low denomnation notes (such as $1's or $5's etc) for the USD portion.

Don't forget to allow $100 ECD or $40 USD for your departure tax for 2 people.

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9. Re: Currency and type in Antigua

iv been to antigua many many times, and find that travellers cheques are acceepted everywhere even the beach vendors and trip organisers take them, i always take enough dollars too tip the baggage handlers then change cheques as required.

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If TC's are accepted by shops/sellers it will be USD TC's probably which means you'll still be paying twice to change your Pounds sterling. For changing sterling TC's you mainly have to use hotels/banks and they'll take their cut too.

If coming from the USA, I probably would come with USD, but not from Britain.

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