Most Curacao Banks and local money exchange vendors in Curacao will be able to supply you with the Netherlands Antilles guilder (ANG) which is the official currency of Curacao, Willemstad. Most stores, restaurants and hotels accept the Euro at a rate between 2.10 - 2.50 ANG per Euro and U.S. dollar at a rate between 1.75 - 1.80 ANG per U.S. dollar.
On the island we simply refer to the Netherlands Antilles guilder (ANG) as “the florin”. The notes are as colorful as the tropical island itself. You will come across many colors such as green, pink, brown, blue and even orange.
Coins are issued as 0.01, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 1, and 2.50. Notes are issued in the following denominations 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, and 250.
ATM machines - You will find a great deal of ATMs across the island. Some of these even dispense U.S. dollars. All major cards are accepted as well as foreign cards carrying the Maestro logo. Most banks charge a withdrawal fee of $3 for every withdrawal.
Credit cards - Major international credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted in Curacao. Note however that credit cards from American Express, Discover and Diners are not widely accepted.
The local currency in Curacao is tied to the U.S. dollar at a rate of 1.77 ANG per U.S. dollar, meaning that the exchange rate is very stable.
A convenient fact is that most stores, restaurants and hotels accept the U.S. dollar, at a rate between 1.75-1.80 ANG per U.S. dollar. So, you will likely get by using U.S. dollars as these circulate freely. Since the supply of dollars is limited vendors generally supply change in the local currency.
At the Curacao International Airport is where I make my first stop for currency exchange when I’m visiting. It’s fast and convenient especially when I’m carrying large bills; most vendors have trouble changing large bills.
Currency exchange is also possible at most banks such as MCB Bank, Banco di Caribe, RBTT Bank, Giro Bank, Central Bank, Orco Bank, SFT Bank and Scotiabank. MCB Bank is basically the largest of all banks on the island and for the entire Dutch Caribbean with more than 61 ATMs scattered about.