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What money or currency is used in the Caribbean? Can I use U.S. dollars?

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What money or currency is used in the Caribbean? Can I use U.S. dollars?

Eastern Caribbean dollars.

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Question: What money or currency is used in the Caribbean? Can I use U.S. dollars?

Answer: The Caribbean is one of the easiest places in the world to spend your money. By that, we mean that U.S. dollars are accepted almost everywhere, as are major credit cards like Visa and Master Card. Still, there are a variety of local currencies in use on Caribbean islands, and in some places it makes sense to convert at least a few of your dollars to local cash.

In countries that use the Euro and some Caribbean nations in South America and Central America (as well as Cuba), you'll have to exchange your U.S. dollars to local currency. In Mexico, you should exchange dollars for pesos if you plan to venture beyond the major tourist areas where U.S. currency is commonly accepted -- advice that also applies to other big countries, as well.

Note that even in destinations where the U.S. dollar is accepted, you may receive change in local currency.

Official Currency (Money) for Caribbean Countries:

(* indicates U.S. dollar also widely accepted)

Eastern Caribbean Dollar: Anguilla*, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica*, Grenada, Montserrat, Nevis*, St. Lucia*, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines*,

Euro: Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Barts, St. Martin

Netherlands Antilles Guilder: Curacao, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Saba*

U.S. Dollar: British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, The Florida Keys

The following nations have their own unique currencies:

 

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