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Currency Exchange

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Currency Exchange

When you get to Jamaica and go to a bank to get Jamaican dollars, do you need cash to do that?

I am just trying to figure out how much cash in US dollars in need to bring with me.

Also, does my ATM card work in Jamaica?


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1. Re: Currency Exchange

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Banks will take your cash (bank notes) or your travelers checks.

How much cash you need to take depends on your spending pattern in Jamaica. On my last trip to an all inclusive resort in Negril I changed $US20 to Jamaican dollars. I came home with some of the Jamaican currency. Other people need to take hundreds of US dollars in cash plus use an ATM several times and spend it all.

Most ATM cards work well in Jamaica. The best cards to take have the Visa or MasterCard logo. Check with your bank to see that your card has been 'activated' to work outside the US.

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2. Re: Currency Exchange

Suggest you do arrive in Jamaica with about US$20 in ones and another US$20 in fives for arrival tipping.

Most of the ATMs in Negril deliver JA$ and a few will deliver US$ ($20, which is difficult to use as they are generally to large of a denomination).

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3. Re: Currency Exchange

We are usually at A.I. and don't need too much actual cash. However, everyone seems to be more then happy to take US dollars.

Otherwise, for things other then tips, we use our CC's.

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