Currency

US dollar (US$), Euro (€), Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$),

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$150

  • Room away from the beach: under US$100
  • Meal at a locally popular restaurant: US$10
  • Local buses: US$3

Midrange: US$150–300

  • Double room in the action: US$200
  • Bikes or snorkel rental: US$10
  • Rental car for exploring: US$40–60

Top End: More than US$300

  • Beautiful rooms at the best resorts in high season: US$400 and over
  • Activities in beautiful places: US$100 and up
  • World-renowned meals: US$100 per person and more

Bargaining

You will likely have a chance to try out your bargaining skills at some point in the Caribbean, mostly with beach vendors and at tourist markets. Most shops and produce markets have fixed prices.

Money

US dollars are often accepted in lieu of local currency (and in some cases are the local currency).

Exchange Rates

US$1C$1€1UK£1
Aruban florin (Afl)1.791.331.912.18
Barbadian dollar (B$)2.001.492.132.44
Cayman Islands dollar (CI$)0.820.610.871.00
Dominican Republic peso (RD$)47.0835.0150.1657.45
Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$)2.702.012.883.29
Jamaican dollar (J$)128.6595.69137.06157.00
Haitian gourde (HTG)64.8248.2969.0578.10
Trinidad & Tobago dollar (TT$)6.745.017.188.23
US dollar (US$)-0.741.071.22

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

ATMs & Credit Cards

ATMs are generally common on all but small islands (and increasingly available in Cuba). Many give out US dollars in addition to the local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted but watch for surcharges.

Cash

The US dollar is accepted almost everywhere, so it’s not necessary to have local currency before you arrive. Carry smaller denominations to pay for taxis, street snacks or tips.

Tipping

  • Restaurants Varies in the region although 15% is average. Watch for service charges added to bills.
  • Taxis Not usually tipped.

Traveler’s Checks

Traveler’s checks are now uncommon and are inconvenient across the region.