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#252359 10/09/07 02:09 PM
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Does anyone know whether San Pedro restaurants & grocery stores will accept US debit cards? Or is it only a credit card? Please advise.

j&dgreen #252360 10/09/07 02:10 PM
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Hi they do not accept North American Debit cards their are banks that you can take money out of. But most restaurants and grocery stores accetp credit cards.

purdygrl #252362 10/09/07 02:12 PM
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Also I have lived in San Pedro for a year now and use my credit card frequently (travel award miles) I have to date never had a problem with using my cards. just in case you were worried about that.

purdygrl #252367 10/09/07 02:47 PM
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I have used my Wells Fargo debit card for over 2 years now, No Problems.

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If your debit has a Mastercard or Visa logo, you should have no problems.

dabunk #252371 10/09/07 03:04 PM
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Just check to see if your charges will be subject to a foreign transaction fee. If so, get another card.


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dabunk #252454 10/10/07 11:56 AM
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Thanks for the info. Schwab has an on-line High-Yield Investor Checking Account that refunds all ATM charges and charges no foreign transaction fee. It includes a VISA Platinum Check Card. There's no minimum balance, so we'll just add to the account before any foreign trip; otherwise, we;ll just leave a small amount in it at other times, although whatever money is there will earn 4% interest. Seems like a good way to say all those added fees that banks & credit card companies seem to love to tack on!

krehfish #252455 10/10/07 11:57 AM
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I use a US debit card here - no problem. However I don't analyse the fees & conversion rate so I don't know what your effective costs are versus using good ole cash.

Amanda Syme #252473 10/10/07 01:34 PM
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Mine charges a percentage plus the banks are now adding fees to use their ATMs here. On average it costs me 5US for a 250US withdrawal.

dabunk #252495 10/10/07 03:39 PM
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Capital One is THE credit card to use. They don't tack on the foreign exchange fee.

Bring all of the US$ you can....that gives you the best exchange rate.


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