Currency

Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), US$ widely accepted

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$200

  • Double room in budget hotel: US$100
  • Street-food snack: EC$12–20
  • Bus ticket: EC$2.25–4
  • Beer at local bar: EC$5

Midrange: US$200–400

  • Double room in midrange hotel: US$200–250
  • Two-course dinner: US$40
  • Taxi fare St John to English Harbour: US$26
  • Pina Colada in hotel bar: US$8–10

Top end: More than US$400

  • Double room in top-end hotel: from US$300
  • Three-course gourmet dinner with wine: US$100
  • One-day yacht charter: per person US$350
  • Helicopter tour of Barbuda: US$385

Bargaining

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.

Money

ATMs are scarce but credit cards are widely accepted.

ATMs

ATMs can be found at the airport, in downtown St John's, in English Harbour and in major supermarkets like Epicurean. All dispense EC dollars.

Cash

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.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1EC$1.93
CanadaC$1EC$1.98
Euro Zone€1EC$2.81
Japan¥100EC$2.30
New ZealandNZ$1EC$1.86
UKUK£1EC$3.29
USUS$1EC$2.68

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

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%; if it is, it's up to you to leave a little extra tip.

Taxis Tip 10% to 15% of the fare.