Money and Costs
Haggling is not customary in stores, although you might be able to score a small discount from market and souvenir vendors.
ATMs at the islands' two airports and in Basseterre and Charlestown. Credit cards widely accepted.
There are several banks with ATMs on or near the Circus in Basseterre. In Charlestown, banks line Main St. There's also an ATM at both airports. All dispense Eastern Caribbean dollars, while some also offer US dollars.
St Kitts and Nevis use the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), but US dollars are widely accepted. However, unless rates are posted in US dollars, as is the norm with accommodations, some restaurants and dive shops, it usually works out better to use EC dollars. If you pay in US dollars, you will normally get change in EC dollars.
Credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants and shops, although the smaller a business, the less likely it will take plastic.
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%; if it is, it's up to you to leave a little extra.
- Taxi Tip 10% to 15% of the fare.
Budget: Less than US$200
- Double room in budget hotel: US$100–150
- Street-food snack: EC$12–20
- Bus ticket: EC$2.50–5
- Beer at local bar: EC$5
- Double room in midrange hotel: US$150–250
- Two-course dinner: US$50
- Taxi fare Basseterre to Cockleshell Beach: US$26
- Rum punch in beach bar: US$8
Top end: More than US$400
- Double room in top-end hotel: from US$250
- Three-course dinner with wine: US$150
- One-day yacht charter: per person US$350
- Guided tour up Mt Liamuiga US$110
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$), US$ widely accepted