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Old October 25th, 2009, 03:03 PM
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Default Currency question: St Kitts and Dominican Republic

My AAA guidebook for the Carribbean notes the official currencies in use on each island, and also notes when the U.S. dollar is also in such wide use that you generally needn't worry about converting money for tips or small purchases. The notes for St Kitts (Eastern Carribbean Dollar; 2.7 to the U.S. dollar) and Dominican Republic (Dominican peso; 35 to the U.S. dollar) don't mention this, however. (Giventhe enormously strong immigrant ties between the D.R. and the U.S., I assumed the dollar would be accepted nearly everywhere tourists might frequent there!)

Any CM staff have any thoughts on the D.R. and also St Kitts where the U.S. dollar is concerned?

Thanks-- "jeph" in Western MA

(I will also post this question on the boards having to do with the individual Carribbean ports of call)
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Old October 25th, 2009, 03:34 PM
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I know US money is accepted in Dominica. Been there, spent it. Also true for every Caribbean Island I have ever been to, which is almost all of them, except, naturally, for St. Kitts.
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Old October 26th, 2009, 11:46 AM
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Dominica and the Dominican Republic are two entirely different places.

I assume you are going to Samana DR and the main cruise terminal area in St. Kitts. The vast majority of merchants will be more than glad to relieve you of your U.S. Dollars. However try to carry smaller bills because they may give you change in local currency. D.R. Paper Currency has a really odd oily coconut smell to it that I haven't smelled in over 13 years, but I know I will never forget it, I will be bringing a plastic bag to put that money in, because it took forever to get the smell out of my purse.
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Have never had a problem paying in $$ in the D.R. whether at a resort or a supermarket.. on in Santo Domingo itself.. Have not been to St. Kitts, but I know St Barts only takes Euros..
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Don't worry. Even though the U.S. dollar isn't the worldwide currency it once was it is accepted in almost all tourist locations in St. Kitts and the Dominican Republic.

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The EC dollar or BeeWee has a fixed rate of approx 2.7 to the dolar but the commercial rate is generally 2.5
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