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Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards #310627
12/21/2023 10:25 AM
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Hello,

I'm planning a bareboat charter in the BVIs in the summer. I suspect we are going to be hitting the various beach bars (Foxy's, Soggy Dollar, Willy T's, plus assorted restaurants) so I need to plan on how much cash to take.

I'd much rather pay by CC wherever possible but I don't know who takes what. I pinged the Willy T via their site and they said they take CCs but that's all I have at this point.

Thanks for any help.

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Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310629
12/21/2023 11:54 AM
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Almost all take CC's. Still nice to have some cash, but almost all take CC's

Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310632
12/21/2023 12:19 PM
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Just make sure you use a card you can cancel easily if you start buying TV’s in Argentina. Don’t use a card you have linked to lots of payments ect…

Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310643
12/21/2023 03:58 PM
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Just make sure you use a card you can cancel easily if you start buying TV’s in Argentina. Don’t use a card you have linked to lots of payments ect…


Hmm, that's a good idea. So, follow up question (plus, still interested on specific places that do or don't): Of the places that do, do they take tap-to-pay type cards (like cards with chips or for example, my Apple Watch that I just hold near the reader)?

I've been thinking about getting the Apple Card as a backup card (I currently use a BofA card as my backup and I'd like to get rid of the physical card if possible) and this might be the kicker.

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Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310646
12/21/2023 05:10 PM
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I travel mostly with cash. Too many times have I come home to fradulent charges ( I believe originated in the airports, not the BVI). I am not normal I know that..... but I do find cash is handy. There are times you do need it-tipping, broken machines etc...When I do use a card I make sure to use a card that is strictly a CC, not a debit one.
I would definitely not abandon a physical card-I have seen some pretty old machines in use.

Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310647
12/21/2023 05:13 PM
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Be sure you choose a card with no foreign transaction fees. They can really add up.


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Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310649
12/21/2023 05:37 PM
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Visa or MC. Very few places accept AMEX.

Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310652
12/22/2023 09:08 AM
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Only place I can think of on Anegada that does not take CC's is Flash of Beauty.


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Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: ndfaninnc] #310655
12/22/2023 10:04 AM
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Patriicia's on Smugglers is cash only but her prices are are resoanble ( and food so good) you cant blame her.Know too that sometimes CC machines down work down here

Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310657
12/22/2023 10:23 AM
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Credit card machines at the Roat Town ferry terminal were not working our last time through (November). It was cash only for walk up tickets. I general I take far less cash than I used to.

Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310666
12/22/2023 12:02 PM
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Good advice here and I'll add one; make sure to keep your debit card at home.

Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: Riverfrontbrewer] #310667
12/22/2023 12:08 PM
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In general, don't use a debit card, EVER. You have almost no protections, except as a courtesy through your bank, on debit cards. It's always safer to use a credit card.


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Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310669
12/22/2023 12:26 PM
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Thanks for all these - really appreciate it!

And yeah, would never even THINK about using a debit card except for getting cash from an ATM.

My bank reimburses me for ATM fees so I'm not worried about those. I just got the Apple Card as my new backup card (which doesn't have any recurring payments attached to it) and it doesn't have international transaction fees. I didn't initially opt for the physical card but based on above I think I may get one.

This has been really helpful - thanks so much for all the replies!

Re: Which beach bars/restaurants take credit cards [Re: tmsxmsails] #310673
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A lot more stores have the tap cards.


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