Currency

dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $150

  • Hostel or cheap hotel: $100
  • Self-catering and inexpensive restaurants: $40
  • Walking and taking rideshares: $5-10
  • Self-guided tours: free

Midrange: $150–250

  • Double room in midrange hotel: $150–200
  • Midrange meals per day: $50–75
  • Car or bike rental: $12–30
  • City walking tour: $20

Top end: More than $250

  • High-end sleeping: from $350
  • Top-flight meal (with tax and tip): $75 or more
  • Private transport per day: $50
  • Ticket to a plantation: $25

Bargaining

Gentle haggling is common in flea markets; in all other instances you’re expected to pay the stated price.

Money

ATMs are widespread, and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. The US dollar ($) is standard currency.

Tipping

A tip is expected in most cases for a job well done.

  • Restaurants 15% is adequate, 18% is standard and 20% will be highly appreciated.
  • Hotels A few dollars per night for the housekeeper is a lovely gesture.
  • Other staff Between $2 and $5 is the norm for someone who valets your car or carries your bag.