Money and Costs
Prices are generally fixed, although you might be able to negotiate a small discount at markets and from souvenir vendors, especially those patrolling the beaches.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
ATMs can be found all over Antigua, including at the airport, in downtown St John's, in English Harbour and in major supermarkets including Epicurean. All dispense Eastern Caribbean dollars; some also dispense US dollars. Barbuda presently has only one ATM (in Codrington).
Unless rates are posted in US dollars, as is the norm with accommodations, it usually works out better to use EC dollars. If you pay in US dollars you will likely get change in EC dollars.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
- Hotels US$0.50 to US$1 per bag is standard; gratuity for cleaning staff is at your discretion.
- Restaurants If the service charge is not automatically added to the bill, tip 10% to 15%.
- Taxis Tip 10% to 15% of the fare.
Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), US$ widely accepted
Budget: Less than US$200
- Double room in budget hotel: US$100–150
- Street-food snack: EC$15–25
- Bus ticket: EC$2.25–4
- Beer at local bar: EC$5
- Double room in midrange hotel: US$150–300
- Two-course dinner: US$50
- Taxi fare St John to English Harbour: US$26
- Piña colada in hotel bar: US$10
Top end: More than US$400
- Double room in top-end hotel: from US$300
- Three-course gourmet dinner with wine: US$150
- One-day yacht charter: per person US$400
- Helicopter tour of Barbuda: US$385