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St. Kitts Currency?

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St. Kitts Currency?

Headed to St.Kitts in November. What is the currency? Are USD cash or travelers checks widely accepted or do we need other currency? Staying at the Marriott, so I'm guessing USD welcomed, what about beach bars, restaurants etc? Thanks!

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1. Re: St. Kitts Currency?

The "official" currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. The current bank exchange rate is $1US = $2.6882EC but you may get anywhere between $2.65EC and $2.70EC to $1US from vendors on the island.

$US are widely accepted around the island and many vendors will have prices listed in both $EC and $US. (FYI - everything at the Marriott is priced in $US). If you pay in $US some smaller vendors may give you change in $EC.

Most vendors will accept Travelers Checks but here again you may get any change in $EC. Travelers Checks are becoming "relics of the past" since most people use debit/credit cards or get whatever cash they need from ATM's (which dispense $EC) which are plentiful around the island.

You can "cash" Travelers Checks at the Marriott or any of the local banks and receive either $US or $EC.

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Are you generally charged a little more if you end up using $US vs. $EC?

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Yes, you'll end up paying slightly more if you pay in $US but unless you are making a major purchase in most cases the difference is insignificant.

An quick & easy way to convert an $EC price to its $US equivalent (in your head w/o the use of a calculator) is to divide $EC price by 3 and add 10% - the result will be within pennies of actual number. For example: $2.70EC/3 = $.90 + $.09 = $.99US.

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Hi, id like to ask if "$" is considered as a symbol for East Carribean Dollar? or is it understood as US Dollar currency in St. Kitts and Nevis.

I've noticed that some property prices in this country have this symbol.

Thank you in advance for your replies.

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The "$" is used for both currencies. You will see prices marked as follows:

1). Eastern Carribean - $EC x.xx

2) US Dollars - $US x.xx

In rare instances when shopping at local vendors if you see only one price WITHOUT any reference to either EC or US the price shown is in EC.

99% of the vendors will have prices clearly marked as to which currency is being quoted but if you are in doubt simply ask.

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The "$" is used for both currencies. You will see prices marked as follows:

1). Eastern Carribean - $EC x.xx

2) US Dollars - $US x.xx

In rare instances when shopping at local vendors if you see only one price WITHOUT any reference to either EC or US the price shown is in EC.

99% of the vendors will have prices clearly marked as to which currency is being quoted but if you are in doubt simply ask.

If you are checking hotel prices on the Internet and see $ without the letters "EC" most likely the price quoted is in $US.

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