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Currency conversion & Delivery

We have two sites that offer both currency conversion and currency delivery. We have not used either site to buy foreign currency. We find it useful to have some local currency when arriving in foreign airports for tips, luggage carts, and small purchases. Having it delivered is more expensive than getting the currency locally, but sometimes delivery may be the only way of obtaining a particular currency.


OANDA Corp.is set up to convert dollars to euros, but you can change it to any of the remaining currencies. The converter is available in

You may get a small printable cheat sheet on current values of dollars to Euros. You may choose the Interbank rate, a typical credit card rate, or a typical cash rate of exchange.

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You may order currencies from OANDA. We have not used this service, so we cannot address any issues which may arise from its use. We do find it useful to have some local currency when arriving in foreign airports for tips, luggage carts, and small purchases. Having currency delivered is more expensive, but for many it may be the only way of having some local money on hand.


Our second resource is xe.com. This site provides a page with conversions to many different currencies, and it updates itself with market rates every minute. XE also delivers foreign cash by courier (we don't know who) in one or two business days.

News & Weather

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St. Barthelemy Weather Forecast, Guadeloupe
Fort-de-France Weather Forecast, Martinique

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