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Pesos or Dollars?

We are staying at the Riu Yucatan from 11th Nov and would love to know which is best to take, Mexican Peso or American Dollar. Any pointers would be gratefully recieved

Cheers

Shaun

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1. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

Coming from the UK it makes more sense to just use pesos. You can spend dollars almost anywhere in the area but you will end up paying more most of the time (and probably end up with some pesos anyway which just makes life more confusing). General rule is - if you have to exchange you might as well exchange to local currency, if you don't (e.g. are from the U.S.) and don't mind paying a bit extra then you can stick with dollars.

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2. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

Cheers Steve, makes perfect sense, so Peso's it is then

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3. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

There is a long recent thread about this if you search. There is always a long recent thread about this since most don't. There will be another long recent thread about this in a couple days

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4. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

So don't joint it 103, not mandatory, if people want to post help they will, which I am grateful for

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5. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

Pesos

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6. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

question is asked every day though

Most forums have a Top Question on this subject

Here is a thorough review on this topic - I would post on that thread

tripadvisor.ca/…5306004

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7. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

The other thing to remember is that Riu's won't exchange US$ anyway, so if you brought them, you couldn't exchange them there. We always bring pesos anyway:)

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8. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

For others coming from GB or Europe, if you have left over usd from a previous trip to the US you will find plenty of places in Playa that will accept those dollars. It's a good way to use up those funds. I also see more places on 5th Avenue that will also accept Euros.

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9. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

you will overpay by 25-30% if you pay in dollars. As OldTraveler said, bring dollars if you have them, but in most cases you are better off just getting money out of the bank ATM in the airport when you arrive. There are several and the fees are less than at the exchange booths or most hotel front desks.

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10. Re: Pesos or Dollars?

We used Pesos, much easier to work out comparisons. readily taken (and preferred) in most location.