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Euro vs USD

Hi I'm travelling to Simpson Bay area of St Maarten from the UK. Wondering which currency to use - USD or Euro? Any suggestions please. Thanks

Staten Island, New...
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1. Re: Euro vs USD

USD is in use on both sides, some French side restaurants will offer 1:1 exchange for cash in American dollars.

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2. Re: Euro vs USD

Euros are not used regularly on the Dutch side, only the french side.

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3. Re: Euro vs USD

If you will visit both sides, maybe the best idea is bring euros and dollars. Some french side places do accept dollars at 1:1 but most of them don't and the exchange rate increase everything. If you will stay in dutch side, just bring US dollars.

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Adgapa makes a good point - since you are coming from the UK and most likely you will be spending money on both sides of the Island a good thing to do is to have both Euro & USD. Exchanging for Euro & USD while in the UK may afford the best rates of exchange. Buying only USD would mean that if you were to dine on the French side you would have to pay another exchange from USD to Euro at the rate offered by the merchant, usualy not in your favor. On the Dutch side the USD is pegged to the NAf so that you would not need to exchange a second time and you would get nearly the formal rate of exchange.

Cupecoy Bay, St...
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Avoid using Euro on the Dutch side. Typically you will be charged 1 Euro for $1

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6. Re: Euro vs USD

We took Euros and dollars and found that even on the French side where we were staying that dollars seemed to be preferred. We ended up finding a bank and changing our Euros as they were of little use.

Silloth, United...
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7. Re: Euro vs USD

Many thanks for this. We were going to take some euros for when we visit the French side but won't bother now. Hope you had a nice time when you were there.

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