Travelling around with money in Jamaica
My family of 6, 2 children and grandparents, are traveling to Jamaica, staying for a week at a villa rented through VRBO.
We're going to need a large sum of money to pay for the staff, transport, food, etc., Just wondering if I should take cash, get travelers checks, or use credit card and ATM's there.
There is no safe at the villa and I really don't want to carry around upwards of $1000 cash, I don't even do that at home.
The villa is in the Discovery Bay area, very secluded, we will be relying on paid drivers to get around, just wondering what others have done that worked for them.
January 19, 2010 by Wellesley Gayle
That makes perfect sense.
I would agree with you not to take large sums of cash around. At the least of it, you become uncomfortable and it will show - turning you into an easy target.
I always encourage my site visitors to keep a bit of both currencies. Although most suppliers in the resort/tourist areas trade in the USD, you'll find you can pay in Jamaican dollars as well, moreso you can use the JA for tips, local transportation etc.
By the way, we have quite a decent number of ATM machines that will allow you to withdraw money directly from your foreign accounts. Scotiabank Jamaica
, for example has an association with the GLOBAL ATM Alliance, which includes The Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Barclays, Deutsche Bank 24 and Westpac.
Their website states that:
"When traveling abroad, you can withdraw cash or take a cash advance from your pre-selected deposit accounts¹ or VISA* card at over one million ATMs displaying the VISA or PLUS symbols
worldwide...... Our ABMS with the CIRRUS logo can be used by customers of other financial institutions to access their accounts while traveling in Canada." More on that here
For a listing of the Scotibanks ABM outside of Kingston, follow the link below.
Just look for ones noted with a "1". It means they provide USD currency - that's what you'll need. Here is the link to Scotiabank's ABMs
outside of Kingston.
I hope others who have been here before will add tips that can help you though Sammy.
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