currency advice

Aug 9th, 2009, 11:20 AM
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currency advice

Have been reading info re currency on Barbados and it says US Dollars are accepted on Barbados - would it be better to have Barbados dollars or what? Also on a cruise ship Carnival Victory and visiting other islands in Souther Carribean so what currency is best for spending money for shore trips. Thanks
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Aug 9th, 2009, 12:43 PM
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almost everybody in the caribbean will be pleased to accept your US dollar. you may occasionally recieve change in local currency.
i would not consider exchanging unless you planned to head to some extremely remote/obscure spots.
if you feel you must exchange there will be atm machines at each port.
enjoy the cruise.
i would take sunscreen as well as a can of bug spray.
when you off ship remember to drink lots of water.
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Aug 9th, 2009, 12:47 PM
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I agree with virginia - if you are doing a cruise take $US and you'll be just fine no matter which island you visit.
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Aug 10th, 2009, 05:11 AM
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If you are on a cruise and only in each port for a day, it would be stupid to try to exchange money. Moreover, it's completely unnecessary. You lose a little on the exchange rate, but not enough to worry about. U.S. dollars are the best currency to use in all these places.
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Aug 11th, 2009, 05:20 AM
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Thank you all very much for this useful advice- tis great when others tell of their experiences and give of their time to reply . Thanks againx
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Aug 12th, 2009, 08:26 AM
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Definitely US$. Rate of BD$2:US$1 in Barbados is generally accepted unless you go to a bank or bigger shop. Taxi drivers, most restaurants and smaller shops will all exchange at 2:1. Official rate otherwise of 1.98:1.
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Aug 12th, 2009, 08:27 AM
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You can find exchange rates for Barbados and the other islands here:

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