The ANG is divided into 100 cents and coins come in denominations of 1,5,10 and 25 cents. Paper bills comes in denominations of 10, 25, 50 and 100. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the local coins and bills for quicker calculations when counting your change.
Euros are accepted in selected hotels and establishments however, they do not freely circulate like the US Dollar.
Credit Cards and ATMs
All major credit cards are accepted in most businesses in Curacao with the exception of gas stations. Gas stations all over Curacao only accept cash and mostly require a minimum purchase of at least $20. Most supermarkets accept credit cards as well however, for smaller stores and mini-marts in the more rural areas, it would be wise to carry a bit of cash for your purchases.
ATM machines are called bankomatiko’s and have the option to withdraw in the local currency or in US Dollar.
As a general rule while traveling, it’s always best not to carry around too much cash on you when sightseeing or roaming public areas. Only carry the essential amount you’ll need for the day e.i your meals, snacks and activity fees and transportation fares.
Tipping is a common practice in Curacao. Make sure to tip your hotel staff, waiters and waitresses, and drivers. Tipping is left at your own discretion but as a guide, a fair amount would usually be 10% of your total bill or fare.
ATM machines may add a transaction fee per withdrawal you make so it’s best to make one big withdrawal during your travels than several small ones throughout your trip.
Install a currency converter app on your phone, this saves you a lot of time and trouble when calculating the current rates in USD and other currencies.
In the unlikely event that your credit cards and debit cards are misplaced, stolen or stuck in an ATM machine, pack a list of phone numbers including international dialing codes so you may immediately call your bank to cancel your cards and order a replacement. Make sure to travel with emergency back up cards or cash so you’re never stuck without funds!