Money and Costs
Budget: Less than EC$300
- Budget hotel room: EC$180
- Local bus: EC$2
- Beer: EC$6
- Roti lunch: EC$15
- Midrange hotel room: EC$400
- Meal in a local restaurant: EC$50
- Water taxi: EC$30
- Entrance to marine park: EC$27
Top End: More than EC$600
- Two-course evening meal: EC$130
- Suite in luxurious resort: EC$3800
- Villa for the week on Mustique: US$40,000
Bargaining is not common for most transactions in St Vincent, but a little bit of haggling is acceptable when shopping in markets or at roadside vendors, especially those selling souvenirs to visitors. Apart from taxi services around Kingstown, prices for transportation are usually always negotiable.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the local currency. Major credit cards are accepted at most hotels, car-rental agencies, dive shops and some of the larger restaurants. All of the major islands, except for Mayreau, have a bank and one or more 24-hour ATMs. But the network can go down, so carry backup cash. People will always accept US$.
There is 15% VAT that is added onto most retail items; this will already be included in the price. Most hotel rates have 10% VAT and 10% service charge added on top of them.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 2.70 to 1.
In restaurants a tip of 10% to 15% is the norm, though it's often added to the bill; 10% is usually added to hotel bills. A 10% tip is customary in taxis.
Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$)