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Credit cards - widely accepted or not?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:43 am
by Larry
We shall arrive - Universe willing - at SXM on July 31 for a week's stay in S.M. (our first). A few websites for tourist activities say they do NOT take credit cards. Is this an oddity, or shuld be plan on totting lots of cash? Any penalty in exchange rate for using Travelers Checks (as there is in Egypt)?

That's our main concern right now. Any tips/guidance on great photo opps, great wildlife viewing, and wonderful dining-on-the-cheap (or sorta cheap) will be welcomed too. Thanx!

Your Vacation....

PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:32 am
by Bobcat
Larry - No worries, credit cards are widely accepted on both sides of the island, Visa, M/C & Amex. Always carrry at least two cards and use the same one card for hotel & car rental and the other for the remaining charges.

Some French side restaurants are still offering 1:1 exchange but there are not as many as before and you'll have to seek them out, many post their menu on the front door or outside on a board, this offer is for cash or traveler's checks only, not for credit cards.

Many banks and credit cards will charge you a fee for foreign exchange (maybe up to 3%) and a lesser fee if billed in USD. There is no fee for travelers checks use. The Dutch side will always bill in USD and the exchange is pegged to the USD at NAf 1.778. Some vendors may vary slightly from this amount.

Inexpensive dining other than American fast food places:

Lolos - look for these roadside or beachside BBQ type grills that serve ribs, chicken, fish for bargain prices.

La Croissanterie in Marina Port La Royale, Marigot offers 1:1 for breakfast & lunch, great croissants & sandwiches and more. American & French style breakfast.

La Petite Auberge des Iles - A complete French dinner for about $30.00 p.p., also in the Marina mentioned above.

Pizza Pasta - In the Maho complex behind Cheri's Cafe offering excellent Italian fare for modest prices.

Le Piment - Orient Village Square - Pizza & pasta at modest prices.

Zee Best - Simpson Bay Plaza del Lago, great breakfast & lunch place.

Also, Boathouse, Hideaway, Bavaria, Le Bec Fin, Kangaroo Court, Chesterfield's are good choices.

Outdoors walking and hiking - visit Loterie Farm

Photos: Ft. Louis in Marigot, Ft. Amsterdam in Little Bay are just two, you'll find more as you travel about.

A car is needed to explore the many fine beaches, duty free shopping in Philipsburg & Marigot, dining and casino action.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:31 am
by maison09
Thank you so much for your helpful and valuable information. :D

maison de credit

PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:02 am
by Bobcat

You're very welcome. Enjoy your vacation.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:15 am
by Anthony
Bobcat was here! Good to see you sir -


PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:59 am
by Bobcat
Hello Anthony - Hope all is well...not much in the way of questions posted here...take care..enjoy the summer...

Re: Hello

PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:16 am
by Anthony
Bobcat wrote:Hello Anthony - Hope all is well...not much in the way of questions posted here...take care..enjoy the summer...

We are great - thanks! Hope you are too. Yes - the forums over here are struggling - our VIOL forum is stronger than ever though. There is just so much competition - local and corporate - it is a tough niche. I was just so happy to see that you visited!