While each country we travel to has a different currency, we recommend all travelers bring US currency with them. US dollars are widely accepted in all destinations we visit and are more common amongst travelers than local or Canadian currencies.
Costa Rica: The Colon is the currency to be used in Costa Rica. This can be purchased in Canada or at the airport/hotel upon arrival. US can be taken to be used for the exchange.
Cuba: You can bring Canadian or US Dollars when travelling to Cuba. Both can be exchanged for Cuban Convertible Pesos. We recommend our Canadian travelers bring Canadian and our American travelers bring US dollars to avoid any unnecessary conversion fees.
The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is one of two currencies used in Cuba. The Cuban Peso (CUP) is the other Cuban currency to be used by Cubans in Cuba.
When converting Canadian or US Dollars to Cuban Convertible Pesos, Cuba charges an additional 10% bank fee that is not applied to other exchanges. Exchange can be done at the airport or at/near the hotel.
Canadian or US Dollars can be used for tipping and local souvenirs as well.
Just FYI You can't change Cuban money (neither Pesos Cubanos (CUP) nor Pesos Convertibiles (CUC)) outside of Cuba as it is illegal to export it.
Dominican Republic: Resorts in the Dominican do accept Pesos (the local currency) but the American Dollar is wanted and widely accepted. Some hotels will not exchange non US dollars and you will have to do so at a local bank. You will tend to get a better deal when you use American dollars or Pesos with the vendors.
Mexico: Mexico’s national currency is the Peso. Though some merchants in popular tourist spots will accept the United States Dollar or the Canadian Dollar, you should plan to exchange your currency for Pesos either before you arrive in Mexico or at banks, currency exchanges, or automatic teller machines as soon as you arrive. You will receive a better value for your money if you use the local currency. S-trip! staff can help you exchange your money.
Bahamas: Bahamian dollars or US Dollars will be accepted in Bahamas. If you are traveling from the US, there is no need to change your money. US dollars are used as readily as Bahamian Dollars in the Bahamas and are equal in value. If you are coming from another country, it's wise to change your money before you get to the Bahamas. Credit Cards are used throughout most of the Bahamas, especially in the tourist areas, but some of the smaller out island require cash for purchases.
ATM's are available throughout Nassau, Paradise Island and Freeport, but are harder to find in the smaller islands.