Anguilla's currency options

Knowing what kinds of payment are accepted can make your vacation a lot easier

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Currency in Anguilla

When traveling to a foreign country, it's important to understand the currency exchange between your home country and your destination.

Anguilla's local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, which is fixed to the U.S. dollar at $2.72(EC) to $1(USD). The U.S. dollar is accepted pretty much everywhere on the island.

While visiting Anguilla, you can receive change in either U.S. dollars or Eastern Caribbean dollars, or even both. Airports and hotels have currency exchanges, but go to a bank to get the best rates. Before leaving your home country, exchange some money for travel incidentals such as tipping at the airport and ground transportation to your accommodations. This is good advice for U.S. citizens, as well. Even though most places accept U.S. currency, it's always good to be prepared in case something out of the ordinary happens. You don't want to worry about getting Eastern Caribbean money while you're trying to get settled in.

The following chart details some of Anguilla's currency exchange rates with other countries as of February 10, 2005:

Country's Monetary Unit U.S. $ E.C. $
British Pound
1.64 4.45
Canadian Dollar 1.06 2.88
European Union Euro 1.45 3.93
Japanese Yen 0.01 0.03
Swiss Franc 1.25 3.38

Most major businesses, hotels, and restaurants on Anguilla accept all major credit cards, but it's a good idea to call ahead and ask to be sure. You may run into trouble trying to pay with a personal check, so you should always have cash or a credit card to cover your bill.


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