Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$)
Budget: Less than EC$300
- Budget hotel room US$70
- Plate of street food EC$20-25
- Beer EC$6
- Local bus EC$2
- Double room in midrange Hotel US$150
- Museum entrance EC$25
- Meal in local restaurant EC$40
- Short taxi ride EC$30
Top End: More than EC$600
- Villa in Boutique Resort US$500
- Two-course evening meal EC$120
- Helicopter transfer to airport US$165
Apart from at markets and streetside stalls, bargaining is not mainstream in St Lucia. It's possible to negotiate a bit on longer taxi rides. Asking for a discount in the expensive duty-free shopping malls is not unheard of either.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the island's currency.
Visa, American Express and MasterCard are widely accepted at hotels, car-rental agencies, shops and restaurants.
ATMs are available at bank branches and shopping centers throughout the island. They dispense Eastern Caribbean dollars.
Prices for many tourist services, including accommodations, activities, excursions and car hire, are often quoted in US dollars and can be paid in US dollars. But you can also pay the equivalent in EC dollars or with a major credit card.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 2.70 to 1.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
A 10% tax and 10% service charge are added to the bill at all but the cheapest hotels and restaurants; there’s no need for additional tipping.