Saint Lucia - Money & Costs
Money & Costs in Saint LuciaCurrency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
St Lucia is a fairly expensive destination since most hotels and resorts are of the all-inclusive variety, giving travellers less choice when it comes to finding alternative food and entertainment. If you're travelling independently, moderate accommodations options are available, and you could easily stay in a guesthouse, eat fairly well, hire a car occasionally and explore the island on around XCD320 a day.
US dollar traveller's cheques are the most convenient to exchange into the local currency, but Canadian dollars and UK sterling traveller's cheques can also be changed without difficulty. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are the most widely accepted credit cards and can be used for car rentals and at most mid-range and top-end restaurants and hotels. There are ATMs in Castries and Rodney Bay.
An 8% tax and a 10% service charge are added onto the bill at all but the cheapest hotels and restaurants; there's no need for an additional tip.