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Money and costs

East Caribbean Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated March 14, 2019 11:19AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • 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)
  • Two-course evening meal: EC$130
  • Suite in luxurious resort: EC$3800
  • Villa for the week on Mustique: US$40,000

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.


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.