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The Honduran currency is the Lempira.
|1 Lempira Banknote
approx 5 US Cents
|2 Lempira Banknote
approx 10 US Cents
|5 Lempira Banknote
approx 30 US cents
|10 Lempira Banknote
approx 50 US Cents
|20 Lempira Banknote
approx 1 US Dollar
|50 Lempira Banknote
approx 2.7 US Dollars
|100 Lempira Banknote
approx 5.4 US Dollars
|500 Lempira Banknote
approx 27 US Dollars
In Utila (as with most of Honduras) U.S. Dollar banknotes can be used in place of the Lempira, with the local stores and businesses usually giving exchange rates at the same (or sometimes better) than the local Honduran banks, and without charging exchange commissions.
The local Banco Atlantida does not cash Travelers Checks
Hendersons Supermarket used to cash US Dollar Travelers checks from most Travelers Check Issuers, but stopped doing this in March 2005 after Archie Henderson was mugged on the mainland while carrying the travelers checks. Hendersons Supermarket still exchanges US Dollars into Lempiras and vice-versa at about the same rate as the local banks, but without the long wait in the queue. Some of the Scuba Diving Resorts may accept/cash travelers checks.
It is very difficult to cash Travelers checks in currencies other than US Dollars.
An increasing number of Utila businesses accept credits cards, VISA being the most widely accepted, followed by MasterCard. Generally speaking American Express is only accepted by some of the Resorts, but it is a 'fluid' situation. Nearly all the Scuba Dive Shops and Resorts plus the larger Supermarkets and Stores accept VISA credit cards. Be warned, that in Honduras VISA is the most widely accepted card, followed by MasterCard, with some establishments (typically Hotels) also accepting American Express. The best and most widely used card is VISA.
The first ATM in Utila went into operation on 19-Jul-2005. As at
15-May-2010, there are now 2 ATM machines in Utila, One at Banco Atlantida and another near the Medical Store.
These machines accept
a variety of major credit and debit cards.
VISA Cash withdrawals are available over the counter at Banco Atlantida
MasterCard Cash withdrawals are not available at these Bank counters.
There is now (15-May-2010) only 1 bank in Utila.
HSBC Bank closed their Utila Branch in 2009.
Banco Atlantida - Open Mon-Fri 08:30am to 3:30pm, Sat 08:30am - 11:30pm, Sun Closed
Be aware, there are often long queues in the Bank at Utila, be prepared for a wait.