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Currency

Northants
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Currency

I am soon off gto Antigua and am tryong to sort out what currency to take.

Would I be best taking US or EC dollars??

Should I take sterling with me and change it in Antigua??

Any advice??

Thanks

Louise

maidstone
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1. Re: Currency

Hi

We have just come back from Antigua if i were to return i would take us$. We took all of the above and with hindsite would only take us$ or ec$ as everything is priced in both . I would say you get a slightly better deal in us$

Hope this helps, have a great trip

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2. Re: Currency

I don't see much point in taking US$s.

Also, you will get a much better exchange rate for £s in Antigua than you will in the UK. The difference can be as much as 5 to 10%.

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Rather than taking pounds and chnging them at a bak, you're better of using an ATM at a bank that's associated with your bank at home and getting ECDs. You'll get the days best rate, same with credit card purchases.

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I think it depends if you can get to a cash machine easily. We couldn't so it would mean a lot of hassle, taxi fares etc.

Also our holiday was too special to waste time in banks!

You probably would get a better rate in Antigua but do they charge you commission on each transaction?

Ithink i would still opt for us$ for an easy life

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What was I drinking? Make that:

Rather than taking pounds and changing them at a bank, you're better off using an ATM at a bank that's associated with your bank at home and getting ECDs. You'll get the days best rate, same with credit card purchases.

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Not recommended to use an ATM machine in Antigua unless you really have to. There has been endless fraud over the past year and I don't think the banks have resolved the problem. Coming from the UK, unless you have a stash of US$ left from another holiday I suggest you stick to £ and just change them at the little hole in the wall bank at VC Bird Airport, work out how much you think you will be spending and change that into EC$. This is what we do everytime we go to Antigua. Then put that cash into a safe in your room and don't carry it all around with you.

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It is not mathematically possible to get a better deal in US $ unless someone needs to go to the USA that night and the banks have closed. It's that simple. If you don't mind losing a bit of cash now and then take US. If you are coming from the UK and want to throw your money away then change it into US and spend it in Antigua. Check a post on this thread for more info: www.antiguaforums.com/viewtopic.php…

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Your best bet is actually to bring Sterling T/C, and change them at the banks here in Antigua.You will get a much better rate here than buying US or ECD $.In the UK.

In fact the rate this morning to buy Sterling T/C at my bank in Antigua is the following.

T/C 4.0215

Cash 3.90.

Hope that helps

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it doesn't matter if you don't mind throwing away money on exchange rates. IF you do, then don't change your currency into something other than EC dollars in Antigua.