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Recommendation regarding currency #123303
03/07/2017 01:46 PM
03/07/2017 01:46 PM
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Carib_Ian Offline OP
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For our upcoming trip to SXM, we will be staying on the French side primarily. Is it worth bringing Euros for the French side or will I be able to use US currency? Thanks

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Re: Recommendation regarding currency [Re: Carib_Ian] #123304
03/07/2017 01:55 PM
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No need to use euros. US dollar and credit card is all you'll need.

Re: Recommendation regarding currency [Re: Carib_Ian] #123305
03/07/2017 02:41 PM
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We've been coming to the French side for over 20 years and always used dollars without a problem.

Make sure your credit card doesn't charge international fees.

Check your credit card Euro exchange rate just before you come.

Whether you use cash or credit card is a personal choice. But remember to ask restaurants and stores what their exchange rate is for dollars before you pay in dollars. (We usually pay cash, but will use our credit cards if we aren't being offered a good exchange rate for cash.)

Have a great trip.

Re: Recommendation regarding currency [Re: Carib_Ian] #123306
03/07/2017 02:41 PM
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If you already have the Euros, I'd go ahead and bring them. I always find a few places that try to get around 1.15:1 or so. But, so many places now take credit cards that I use my 2% cash rebate, no foreign fee cards instead.

No real biggie if you don't bring the Euros, because everyone takes Dollars, many at customer favorable exchange rates, and only a few charging a premium.

Re: Recommendation regarding currency [Re: cruzer] #123307
03/07/2017 04:20 PM
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I remember when the Euro was .80 to the dollar.
Right after it was implemented.
I just checked and it was .95 to dollar. Pretty even.
Cheers
irina

Re: Recommendation regarding currency [Re: irina] #123308
03/07/2017 04:31 PM
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Thanks that is great. Don't like having multiple currencies.

Re: Recommendation regarding currency [Re: Carib_Ian] #123309
03/07/2017 05:49 PM
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You can even bring your coins. So many people arrive here with $100.- notes that many shops lack change.

Our local Pharmacy loves our coins, they count them while we shop.


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Re: Recommendation regarding currency [Re: Carib_Ian] #123310
03/08/2017 09:27 AM
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As to the Dutch side where they use the Netherlands Antilles Guilder, we have been going to the island for 25 years, stay on the Dutch side, and I have never seen a Guilder. US dollars everywhere.

Bob

Re: Recommendation regarding currency [Re: RI Bob C] #123311
03/08/2017 10:15 AM
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Yes, Dutch side no problem with $US. it's a losing game to keep changing currencies for us so we would rather just use $US cash everywhere if possible.


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