While the official currency of Antigua is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, travelers have many options when it comes to paying for services in Antigua.
The local Eastern Caribbean dollar is fixed to the U.S. dollar at a current exchange rate of $1(USD) to $2.72 (EC). The rate for traveler's checks varies. Notes are issued in denominations of EC$5, 10, 20, 50, and 100, while coins are issued in EC$0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, and 1. The U.S. dollar is widely accepted at most merchants, including hotels, restaurants, and car rental companies, but change is often given in Eastern Caribbean dollars. When being quoted a price, always be sure to clarify which currency the vendor accepts. Travelers from Canada and the United Kingdom can change currency at banks.
Major credit cards and traveler's checks are widely accepted, but small vendors and locally owned establishments may only accept cash. ATMs can be found in the airport and at island banks, which include the Bank of Antigua, Barclays Bank PLC, and the Royal Bank of Canada. St. John's will offer visitors the largest concentration of banks and ATMs, and visitors will find many banks along High Street.
The following chart details some of Antigua's currency exchange rates with other countries as of July 27, 2011:
|Country's Monetary Unit||U.S. $||E.C. $|
|European Union Euro||1.45||3.93|
Don't get caught unaware and unable to pay your bill. To ensure you have the proper form of payment on hand, keep a variety on your person, or call ahead to be assure that the establishment you are visiting accepts the form of currency that you plan to carry with you.
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