St Barts - General Info
Voltage is 220 AC, 60 cycles.
Euro. US$ are widely accepted.
American Express has an office (05 90 52 97 06 ) on the island, at La Savane Center in St Jean. They offer American Express Cardmembers the usual services, and since local ATMs do not accept American Express Cards, they fill the gap by providing emergency check cashing in Euro or USD.
Effective 1 July 2015, the I cent and 2 cent EC coins will be withdrawn from circulation. The coins will no longer be valid either as consumers will not be able to conduct transactions using these coins. Persons can present the coins at any of the commercial banks which operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) to receive face value.
A price rounding system will be implemented within the ECCU countries for the settlement of cash transactions only, whereby the total payment, inclusive of duties, fees and taxes, will be rounded symmetrically to the nearest five cents. Non-cash payments using cheques, debit andcredit cards will not be impacted and therefore will not be rounded.
International dialing code for St Barts is +590
Without a local SIM card, mobile phone services are limited. Cards can be purchased from the France Telecom's office in St. Jean. It takes 24hrs to activate.
"Maya's to Go" in St-Jean, as well as the Brasserie "Le Repaire" in Gustavia, offer free WiFi.
Bart Telecom has a
hot spot in Gustavia. Contact them for an access card.
The island's post office has two branches; one in Gustavia and one in Lorient.
UPS, Federal Express and DHL all have agents on the Island.
Carnival & St Barts Regatta
August 24 St Barts Day
Police - Dial 17
Medical Emergencies - Dial 17
Fire Emergencies - Dial 18
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