We're coming from the UK - is it better to bring the caribbean dollars with us, or just pounds and have them exchanged in St Lucia? Thanks!
You'll get a better exchange rate on the island at one of the banks.
There are ATM machines in rodney bay and the exchange rate will be better than that in the uk.
yes, USD is readily accepted, although, unless you change in a bank, you will get a $1- $2.5Ec street exchange rate. In a bank or from the ATM, $1-$2.67. Change will always be in EC. ATMs are readily available pretty much everywhere, just let your bank know you will be in St. Lucia, otherwise, your card may not work.
Thanks reedprincess, just like Jamaica then. I will be taking mostly USD as I assume Sandals is the same and charge in USD anyway.
Do the vendors on the beach accept USD funds for excursions?
Vendors will accept USD but as mentioned you'll get a better deal if you use East Caribbean Dollars (XCD)
@UKChick there's no point getting USD if you're from the UK. For Sandals room tab it is better to use a credit card anyway, no cash required. For other expenses you might as well cut the middle man and go straight for ECD. The only reason to take USD really, is if you have some left over from previous holidays. Otherwise, take sterling and exchange to ECD when you get there, or use a card in an ATM.
chesebrgr I have made that mistake before. Sandals charge in USD so if I take ECD with me then they then do the exchange rate again to USD, I ended up paying exchange rate twice. CC has a charge of about 4% plus exchange rate. Think so will stick with the mostly USD and some ECD
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