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Currency, parking

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Currency, parking

Postby Riverdale » Mon Mar 13, 2006 8:57 am

We're coming to Anguilla from the US and wonder what to do about currency - bring some cash and use an ATM or bring traveller's checks (are they easy to cash?)? Do many restaurants take credit cards or do they want payment in cash? I would expect that places like Uncle Ernie's are cash only - but is that US dollars or EC dollars?

Regarding parking, we're going to have a car and wonder if there's parking by the ferry to St. Martin's.

Thank you for your help!
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Postby Howard » Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:33 am

I bring some travelers checks and cash. The US dollar is readily accepted so you don't have to convert money. Most restaurants take credit cards. There is a parking lot by the ferry terminal in Blowing Point.
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Postby axadreamer » Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:24 am

We rely on credit cards and cash (US$) - easy to replenish with numerous ATMs on the island.
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Currency & Parking

Postby Walker » Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:05 pm

Restaurant prices are nearly always in US dollars. Grocery store prices are in EC dollars. A good rule of thumb is that if an establishment caters to tourists, its prices will be in US dollars. Some places, like Tropical FLower, the beverage distributor, has both prices on all items.
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Postby Riverdale » Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:32 pm

This is very helpful information - thanks to all of you who took the time to reply?

Now, is it true that lunch for two can hit $80 or $100US and dinner significantly more? If so, it looks like a hamburger vacation for us!
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Postby Mary » Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:17 pm

You can spend a lot but you don't have to. There are lots of very reasonable places to eat in Anguilla (also some very expensive places). You can get a large pizza at the Corner Bar for $13-14; large quesadillas (3 or 4 different kinds) at Hungry's van in The Valley for $5; huge platter of baked fish bits at English Rose for $6; 1/2 a chicken & all the fixings at E's Oven for $10; great (& HUGE) burgers at Pumphouse & Ferryboat Inn for $8; barbecue (chicken, fish or ribs) at B&D's or Big Jim's cheap; all kinds of very reasonable food like ribs and fish sandwiches at the various beach bars (Gwen's, Elodia's, Ernie's, Smokey's, Johnno's, etc). Just to name a few off the top of my head.
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Postby natasha » Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:05 am

Just be sure that if you charge anything to a credit card it gets written as US DOLLARS. Many of the credit companies are now charging an exchange rate if it is listed as EC and not dollars. Also most stores and markets have a minumim amount that you must reach or exceed before it can be charged and not paid for in cash- Usually $25.00 US. In addition very few places will accept Amer. Express Card
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Postby Riverdale » Thu Mar 16, 2006 9:17 am

Thanks Mary and Natasha for these last two posts. This information is enormously valuable, and goes a great way toward enabling us to sort out what to do, where to go, and how to do it all. This year we decided on Anguilla as opposed to a foreign sightseeing-type trip because we wanted beach, sun, quiet, and some more beach and some sun and lots of relaxation - in other trips, a trip we wouldn't to recuperate from. Anguilla seems the spot, and you've certainly made the road ahead a lot clearer. Thanks so much!
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Postby axadreamer » Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:00 am

While certainly the American Express card is not as widely accepted as Mastercard or Visa, we used it many places. For example, we used it at Apex Car Rental, Roy's Bayside, Straw Hat, Sandals and Such, Altamer, etc.
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Currency, parking

Postby Walker » Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:47 pm

You can go to Ripples (Sandy Ground) and get lunch items for under $20 (salads at $13), also Tasty's and E's Oven have reasonable lunches and dinners (dinner entrees are in the low $20's), Piccante (West End), a Mexican restaurant, serves only dinner, and entrees are mainly under $20. Koko's a new restaurant in Island Harbor has a "daily special" for under $15. It is behind the Arawak hotel/restaurant and is family run. Also, Palm Grove at Junk's Hole/Savannah Bay (near Island Harbor) has reasonable lunches (closed for dinner). If you go to Scilly Cay (lunch only, expect to spend $80 to over $100), Blanchards, Straw Hat, Hibernia, Deon's Overlook you can drop over, way over $100 on dinner for two. But, if you skip the appetizer, dessert and limit your drinking, you can control your dinner costs. REMEMBER IT IS STANDARD FOR ALL RESTAURANTS TO ADD 15% SERVICE CHARGE TO THE BILL so check before you leave a tip. Roy's Bayside Restaurant has a Friday evening special at $12, with a choice of 3 entrees, but you must order and be seated by 7 p.m. They open at 5, but if you arrive by 6, you'll be able to get a drink and order one of the specials.
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