Travelers from North America and the U.K. will need to change money upon their arrival to Martinique. While the island used to be on the French Franc, with the introduction of the European Union and the euro currency, Martinique followed France in moving to the new money.
The euro (€) is the official currency of the European Union and used by most of it's members including France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, and others. France's Caribbean holdings, including Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and Martinique, have all also adopted the euro as an official currency. Notes of the euro come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500. Coins, meanwhile, are issued in €0.01, €0.02, €0.05, €0.10, €0.20, €0.50, €1, and €2. The current exchange rate (which fluctuates) is around $1.34(USD) to €1.
Establishments rarely accept other forms of notes or coins, so travelers from destinations that do not use the euro will need to change their money at a bank or at a change bureau, which have locations in both the airport and in Fort-de-France. ATMs are available in the airport, in Fort-de-France, and in various tourist destinations. Cirrus/Plus and Maestro network cards should work.
Visa and Mastercard are both widely accepted in major establishments, although in smaller establishments and in remote locations this is not always the rule. Travelers should be sure to keep in mind that traveler's checks and American Express are not always accepted.
Traveler's coming to the island from destinations that do not use the euro should have no problem exchanging their money upon their arrival. Vacationers should never fail, however, to have a few options for paying the bill as you make your way around Martinique.
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