what currency and language do they use in west indies?
- 4 years agoFavorite Answer
Here is an simple overview:
Spanish (Currency peso, U.S. dollar)
Cuba, Puerto Rico (U.S. territory), Dominican Republic
French (Currency= EURO)
Guadeloupe, St. Marteen (french part=St. Martin), St. Barthelemy, Martinique. Those countries are not mostly french, they are french.
St. Marteen (dutch part), Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba (currency is different AWG cause not part of EU)
All of the other islands except Haiti.
The former british colonies have their own currencies. It's always a "something" dollar.
Trinidad and Tobago are close to Venezuela. So Spanish is also spoken there (the names of the islands are spanish). As far as I know English is the official language.
In Haiti french is spoken, but creole is also like an official language. It is not only spoken, it is officially written. This creole is pretty similar to the one spoken in Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica and St. Lucia.
The creole spoken in Barbados or else where in the islands is something else. We all speak creole (yes, I am a West Indian, a French west Indian from Martinique), but all different creole. We do not necessarily understand each other by speaking creole.
well, speaking for Martinique where French is the native language, we also speak english and very often spanish because we start learning these languages very early at school. We have no choice. english is always the 1st foreign language. Spanish is the 2nd foreign language for at least 2 years. It is possible to switch to German as 2nd foreign language or to add a 3rd and even a 4th language. Usually 3rd and 4th are portugese and italian.
Well, as I said the french west Indies are french countries. That means what you find in France, you find it there plus the caribbean touch (spices, cuisine, music, sandy beaches obviously, etc). You find everything at the same price or more expensive. A few things are cheaper like cigarettes, frozen sticks,...)
Guadeloupe is slightly cheaper than Martinique. If you plan to come to the French West Indies, visit Guadeloupe 1st and then Martinique. Live the best for the end. Plan your money as if you were going to the most expensive place in France which I think should be TahitiandCo (but it's not the West Indies. Well, the French polynesian Islands are surely great too. I'd like to go to Bora Bora).
Well, this is it. I hope it was helpful.
- RainLv 74 years ago
There are six official languages spoken in the Caribbean:
Spanish (official language of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo)
French (official language of Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Barthelemy, and St. Martin)
English (official language of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Dutch (official language of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten)
Haitian Creole (official language of Haiti)
Papiamento (a Portuguese and Spanish-based Creole language) (official language of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao)
The following nations have their own unique currencies:
Aruba*: Aruban florin
Bahamas*: Bahamian dollar
Barbados*: Barbadian dollar
Belize*: Belizean dollar
Bermuda*: Bermuda dollar
Cayman Islands*: Cayman Islands Dollar
Costa Rica: Colon
Cuba: Cuban Peso (note that tourists are officially required to use a special "convertible peso" that has inferior buying power)
Dominican Republic: Dominican Peso
Guyana: Guyana Dollar
Jamaica*: Jamaican Dollar
Panama: Balboa, U.S. dollar (both are official currencies)
Suriname: Suriname Dollar
Trinidad and Tobago*: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar
- capitalgentlemanLv 74 years ago
English, French, Dutch, and Spanish, and also patois of those languages.
They use different currencies in each country.
- Anonymous4 years ago
They speak Patois in many of the West indie nations,its a colloquial form of english.Many of the countries use dollars specific to the islands they are used and US $
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