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Jamaican $ or U.S. $ or Canadian $ #49535
04/07/2015 08:24 AM
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Perth Ontario Canada
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Marenda and I are off to Jamaica on Friday for the first time in many years and staying in an all inclusive in Runaway Bay.
I am not sure whether to take Jamaican $ with me or just take my Canadian $ or U.S.
Any Quick advice you folks can give me would be appreciated. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Groovin.gif" alt="" />

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Re: Jamaican $ or U.S. $ or Canadian $ [Re: BarMer] #49536
04/07/2015 08:35 AM
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We found that US is widely accepted (rarely see Jamaican $). Some will accept Canadian $ but be careful of the exchange rate they charge...it can be outrageous. I recommend taking a few hundred US $, and lots of small bills for tips and small purchases...Jamaicans rarely have change! LOL <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/Wink.gif" alt="" />

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Re: Jamaican $ or U.S. $ or Canadian $ [Re: John] #49537
04/07/2015 08:38 AM
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That sounds like good advice John. If I go 'outside' to a restaurant what can I expect to pay for a lobster dinner?

Re: Jamaican $ or U.S. $ or Canadian $ [Re: BarMer] #49538
04/07/2015 10:53 AM
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Not really sure as the resort we go to (Hedo) has a lobster night. I suggest asking the staff at the resort as they are usually very helpful. There is a lobster season when it is not available but not sure when that is.
My guess is that Lobster on the beach would be around $20 and a higher end restaurant upwards from there. Remember that they never have any change. <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/jester.gif" alt="" />

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Re: Jamaican $ or U.S. $ or Canadian $ [Re: John] #49539
04/07/2015 11:12 AM
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For going off resort for a meal, I'd just use a credit card. You really should take at least one credit card with you, in case of emergencies anyway. And, as John said, bring SMALL change, for tips and any purchases off resort.


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Re: Jamaican $ or U.S. $ or Canadian $ [Re: Carol_Hill] #49540
04/07/2015 12:21 PM
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No Lobster April 1st to June 30th.
Closed season due to breeding time.
Anybody selling lobster is doing it illegally.
US dollars are accepted everywhere, but exchange rate can add cost. If you plan on spending outside the resort, I'd advise converting to Ja currency. Easily done at Cambios all around resort areas. You'll get a fair exchange rate.


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