Make sure you let your bank know that you will be out of the country.
See if your bank charges any fees for international rate.
--Lisa- can those guidelines be used at other all inclusives?
We do the same. Since we always have our dinners planned out before we arrive, I also figure out cab fares in advance. Along with the tip, dh places the amount in an envelope for each night's transportation.
This is the only cash we carry along with $200 in $1's & $5's for tips.
Everything else is charged to our Capital One card which has no international fees. The only exception to that being our rental vehicle which is charged to AMEX because we take their Premium Car Rental Protection.
Do you mind telling us what all this covers? My family of four will be there in a couple of weeks (children 4 & 7) and I also plan on bringing $2,000; but, I can't see myself coming back with much.
if you are going all inclusive
are not planning on eating off site too often
$2000 is PLENTY.............UNLESS
will the casinos be calling your name?
will you be doing any costly excursions? submarine ride?, skydive, scuba?
if the answers are NO, again $2000 is plenty.
The old saying is to leave half of the clothes at home that you were planning to bring and bring twice the money you thought and that usually works out very well.
Take extra travelers checks if you don't spend it you can always take them home and cash them. It is better to have more then not enough as you might see something you want or want to do something extra and if you don't have the money you will be sorry.
It's rather expensive on the island, take more than you would normally bring on a vacation unless your staying at an all exclusive place!