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Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

Davie, Florida
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Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

We are going on a cruise with a port call in Cartagena where we are planninng to spend the day in the historic old city. Will we abe able to get by using US dollars and/or credit cards, or should we exhange our dollars to the local pesos?

CDY
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1. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

No to dollars, find a local atm and use it, very few places will accept $ and if they do they will probaly give you a very bad exchange rate when buying something

There are lots of Atm's in the city, almost all US cards work

Edited: 05 February 2013, 19:44
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2. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

CDY is correct .. only big establishments will take dollars and the exchange rate may not be good. Credit cards, ATMs or change in a bank whatever you think youre going to spend.

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3. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

JTW Not being funny but would I get by using British pounds in Florida for a day?

Didn't think so - Colombia isn't some banana republic so please don't expect it to be run like one

You already got your answer from earlier posters, I'm just making a point

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5. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

I was about to say that you can't blame someone who may be not used to travel abroad asking these kind of questions, but I saw JTW posted comments regarding sites in Brazil.

So JTW, Colombia is basically like Brasil, minus the language, and the currency. :-)

Davie, Florida
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6. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

Thank you to those of you who answered the question in a civilized manner. Wow, pretty nasty people on this site, but oh, well some people do have a lot of time in their hands. For those of you with snappy comments, in case you were not aware, there actually are various tourist destinations in the Caribbean and South-America (mainly ports frequented by cruise ships) where the local vendors do welcome US dollars. In general, the fx rate they use benefits the vendor, not the tourist who use is the service for a convenience. I will refrain from posting further on this website to avoid upsetting arrogant people unnecessarily.

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7. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

i disagree with the above responses. i do not know if you are all aware, but disney cruises will be stopping in cartagena this year for the first time ever. i am sure that most of the street vendors and restaurants will happily accpet dollars.

yes, you will lose quite a bit on the exchange rate, but i am SURE you can get by. depending on how much money you plan to spend, it is likely worthwhile going to an atm.

jtw, dont worry about the silly folks. some of us are here to be helpful. sorry about your negative experience.

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8. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

Im sure our street vendors in Cartagena will take disney dollars....

hahaha... guys relax!...this is not a super serious site. We want to help people but there´s nothing wrong with having a little fun while we do so!.

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9. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

Would I get a better exchange rate if I changed US dollars into pesos before leaving the states?

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10. Re: Can I get by using US dollars one day in Cartagena?

No.

Cheers,

Terry