I will soon be going to St. Thomas, St. Martin and Princess Cays (Princess Cruise's private island) for the first time. Can anyone tell me what currency is used on these islands? Can I use dollars or do I have to exchange them?
Private vendors on Princess Cays will take your US $$. The shop only takes your Princess Cruise Card. You can also use your cruise card to buy beverages from the beach bar boys. Vendors stuff is pretty expensive, but they also do hair braiding. St. Thomas and St. Martin/St. Marteen take US $$'s with no problem. Use credit cards for large purchases in St. Martin/Marteen for the best exchange rate: Dutch Florin/French Franc. St. Martin is cheaper for most major jewelry and electronic purchases.
>> The legal tender in the Bahamas is the Bahamian Dollar -- which the Bahamian authorities maintain on par with the U. S. dollar. Thus, U. S. currency and Bahamian currency are completely interchangeable. Most Bahamian merchants accept both without question. This is especially true on a facility such as Princess Cays, where currency exchange is not available.
>> The legal tender in St. Thomas (one of the U. S. Virgin Islands) is the U. S. dollar since the U. S. Virgin Islands is a territory fo the United States.
>> The legal tender on Sint Maarten/Saint Martin is the Netherlands Antillies Guilder (which is not the same as the Netherlands Guilder) on the Dutch side of the island and the French Franc on the French side of the island. As another poster noted, though, most merchants probably will take U. S. currency without question.