Tipping in Mexico: Everything you need to know [2023] (2023)

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Tipping in Mexico 💰 is one of the top things you should get familiar before traveling to the country.

Traveling to Mexico is an exciting experience. There are so many things to think about and learn before you go, but it’s also part of the learning new culture.

Like every country, Mexico has its standards for tipping. You want to be sure that you understand what is expected of you before you go so that there are no surprises when you arrive.

We asked Chantelle fromFlannels or FlipFlopsto explain tipping in Mexico to help you get prepared for your vacations.

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Tipping in Mexico: a complete overview

Tipping etiquette in Mexico is part of the culture. In Mexico, tips are often given for good service whether it’s restaurants, transportation 🚌 or any other service.

👉 The amount of your tip depends on the type of service that was provided and your experience as a customer .

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Here are some general guidelines for tipping in Mexico:

📍Tip bellhops who carry your bags 20-50 Pesos per bag ($1-2 USD)

📍Tip restaurant waitstaff 10-15 percent of the bill, unless a service charge is included (in which case you do not need to tip)

📍Tip porters who help you with your luggage 20-50 Pesos per bag ($1-2 USD)

📍Tip hotel maids 20-50 Pesos ($1-3 USD) per day

Learn a few Spanish words before your trip, especially if you plan on venturing outside the main tourist areas. It’s one of my top travel tips for Mexico.

DID YOU KNOW? A tip in Spanish is la propina 😀

Gas station attendants, fast food workers, and housekeeping attendants may not speak much English. Being able to thank them and express your needs in Spanish will show respect and appreciation for the Mexican culture.

✅ Learn my top tips for Mexico travel.

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What is tipping culture in Mexico?

In Mexico, tipping etiquette is part of the culture and is expected in many situations. Salaries in Mexico are lower than in the United States, Canada and Western Europe, and your gratuity will go a long way.

Tipping in Mexico resorts is common. It is customary to leave a tip for any services provided atall-inclusive resorts, from bellhops to waiters and bartenders.

Tipping is also customary for restaurant servers, waiters, and bartenders.

Gratuities should be given in the form of cash, but cards are accepted in resorts and many restaurants.

Let’s get you ready for your vacation to Mexico, by discussing the most common tipping scenarios 😃

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Tipping in all-inclusive resorts in Mexico

All-inclusive resortsare a popular choice for vacations in popular destinations in Mexico like Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Bacalar. All-inclusive resorts provide meals, drinks, accommodations, and entertainment for one upfront price.

✅ Check my complete guide to renting a car in Puerto Vallarta to explore the city outside the resort area.

Remember to think about tips when formulating your budget for a Mexico trip. The staff at the hotels work hard to provide you with the best service possible, and you will want to reward them for their hard work.

Some hotels will say that tips are part of the “all-inclusive” model, but it truly is best practice to show appreciation by offering tips.

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👉 Tipping at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico should include bellhops, bartenders, servers, housekeepers, and concierge services if you use them.

For toting luggage 🧳 to your room, 20 to 50 Pesos is an appropriate gratuity for bellhops (about $1-2 USD).

Giving the housekeeping staff 20 to 50 Pesos ($1-3 USD) per day is a nice gesture. This can be left every day, or at the end of the visit. Leave a note or message that the cash is for them, or hand it to them directly.

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Tipping bartenders in Mexico

For bartenders 20 Pesos or $1 per drink 🍹 is customary.

For servers in all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, 15 percent of your bill is a good amount for quality service, and you can tip more if you feel your service was above and beyond.

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If your food bill has a “service fee” added to the bottom, the tip has already been added to your total. In this case, you do not need to add a tip 💵

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Tipping in Mexico guided tours

There are so many unique and incredible activities in Mexico and one of the best way to enjoy them is by booking a guided tour.

Some of the most popular excursions in Mexico are snorkeling in Puerto Vallarta 🤿, whale watching 🐋 in Baja California, visiting Mayan ruins in Yucatan or sampling food in Cancun 🍱 where you can try traditional Mexican dishes and enjoy street food 😋

And make sure not to miss some of the best Tulum private tours that allow you to enjoy cenotes in one of the best destinations in Mexico’s Rivera Maya without the crowds.

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If you plan on taking guided tours in Mexico, bring cash 💵 to tip your tour guide.

10-20 percent of the tour price is a good rule of thumb for tipping your guides. You can adjust this amount based on the service the guide provided.

If you feel they were very engaging or informative, giving a little extra will help show your gratitude. For example, Bacalar boat tours are always a lot fun and local guides their best to show you the most beautiful lagoon in Mexico!

How much to tip a private tour guide in Mexico?

You can tip a private tour guide 10-20 percent of the total price of your tour, but always feel free to give more, if you think they provided an exceptional service.

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Tipping in Mexico restaurants

Visiting restaurants is one of the best things to do in Mexico if you want to dive into the country’s rich culinary culture! As with all countries, tipping for food service in Mexico varies by situation.

Tipping at sit-down restaurants in Mexico

The customary tip for sit-down restaurants in Mexico is 15 percent for good service, and more if you feel the service was exemplary 😃

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Tip in cash if possible, as credit cards are not always accepted. Popular destinations like Tulum or Cancun are easier with many restaurants in Tulum accepting cash.

When paying your bill in Mexican restaurants, watch out for service fees. If they are applied, the tip is already included. It often happens when you are part of a large group.

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✅ One thing to watch for in Mexico is a charge labeled IVA on the bill, the restaurant has applied Mexico’s 16 percent value-added tax.

This fee is not the same as a service fee and does not go to the waiters, but to the government.

I suggest you try to eat at small, locally owned restaurants while visiting Mexico. Not only does this help support the local economy, but it also allows you to fully experience traditional Mexican food, often made from family recipes that have been passed down through generations.

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Tipping at bars in Mexico

20 Pesos per drink ($1 USD) is a good amount to tip for drinks in bars in Mexico. If you have a waiter delivering your drinks to a table then you should tip both the waiter and the bartender.

If you are in a tourist area, such asPuerto Vallarta, and notice that you are being served well-poured drinks that aren’t watered down, giving the bartender a small extra tip will ensure you keep getting quality drinks.

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Tipping at beach clubs in Mexico

Beach clubs are located in tourist areas, you can visit the beach club and enjoy pools, beaches, bars, restaurants, and activities like kayaking and snorkeling.

At beach clubs in tourist areas of Mexico, such asMr. Sanchos in Cozumel, you will often have a dedicated waiter that serves you food and drinks throughout the day.

It’s important to show your appreciation to these waiters or waitresses by tipping. You can tip 10-15 percent of your food and drink bill.

If the beach club is all-inclusive, you can tip your waiter as you go, or at the end of your day. In this case, you should tip what you think is fair.

I usually leave about 100 Pesos (just over $5 USD) per person for our waiter at the end of an all-inclusive beach club day 🏖

Tipping in grocery stores in Mexico

Something that you will encounter in Mexico that is very different from the US and many other countries is tipping in grocery stores 🛒

If someone is there to bag your groceries, it is customary to tip that person. In many cases, these people do not work for stores, and the only money they earn is tips.

Tip anywhere from 5 Pesos and up based on how many bags 🛍 they have packed for you.

Tipping food delivery drivers in Mexico

Just as you would in the United States, you should tip your delivery drivers. 10-20 Pesos ($1-2 USD) is acceptable.

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Do I need to tip street food vendors?

Eating street food is one of my favorite things to do when traveling (also my favorite at home!)

I love the creativity, and love that goes into the street food menus, and the vibe is usually lively and fun.

👉 You can’t leave Mexico without ordering at least one street taco, churro, or elote!

Street food vendors do not expect a tip and it is not customary to leave any extra money. Sometimes you will see a tip jar on the counter, and if you feel inclined to do so, you can leave a few pesos there.

Do I need to tip at fast food restaurants in Mexico?

You do not have to tip at fast food restaurants in Mexico. As a rule, if you aren’t being served, you do not have to leave a tip.

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Tipping in Mexico gas stations

If you have rented a car 🚙 and need to refill the gas, there will be an attendant to pump your gas.

✔️It’s against the law for you to pump your gas in Mexico.

The gas station attendants will expect tips for their time, just a few pesos will do.


Some gas station attendants will check your oil and the air in your tires or windshield wiper fluid. If you receive this service, tip a few additional Pesos.

Tipping hair stylists/barbers in Mexico

You should plan on tipping your hairstylist about 10 percent of the total of your service if you feel they have done a good job.

If you are having a massage or spa treatment, at least 10 percent of the total is expected as a tip.

If you are at a resort, check your bill to see if the tip has already been added in the form of a service fee.

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Tipping in Mexico transportation

If you aren’t driving yourself around while in Mexico, you’ll need to consider bringing tip money along for your driver.

How to tip a shuttle bus driver?

Shuttle bus drivers are often employed by resorts and will pick you up from the airport to transport you to the hotel. You may also use a shuttle bus driver when taking excursions like private Tulum tours.

It is a nice gesture to tip your drivers after you arrive at your destination. The suggested tip amount for shuttle drivers is 50 Pesos ($2.50 USD). You should tip in cash.

Do I need to tip taxi drivers in Mexico?

Taxi drivers in Mexico do not expect to be tipped. If you are feeling generous, you can tip, but it is not expected. 🚕

I normally choose to round up my fare price and let cab drivers ” keep the change” as a tip. If the cab driver has helped me with my luggage, I would leave a tip.

Another thing to consider regarding taxis is taxi stand attendants.

Normally you will come across taxi stand attendants outside of a cruise port, or major resort area. They are there to help you acquire a taxi and get you where you need to go.

These attendants should be tipped a few pesos.

Tipping bellboys in Mexico

Always tip your bellboys about 20-50 Pesos per bag after they have carried your luggage to and from your room.

If you have heavy, or numerous bags, consider tipping a bit more.

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Is it customary to tip in Mexico?

Tipping is customary, expected, and appreciated in Mexico. While there are general amounts that are good starting points, it’s always nice to give a little more if you are able.

Is it better to tip in Pesos or Dollars in Mexico?

The easiest method for the recipient would be if you tipped in Mexican Pesos, which is the local currency.

However, you can also tip in U.S. dollars – just make sure to use bills and not coins.

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There are rules in Mexico that make it hard, and sometimes impossible to exchange foreign coins.

Tipping in Cancun

Cancun is a top destination in Mexico, and many people who work in the local tourism industry rely on tips. It’s customary to leave a gratuity in most situations whether you are taking a tour, ordering a drink at the bar or getting a massage. When tipping in Cancun, use the same tipping standards as anywhere else in Mexico.

Tipping in Mexico City

Mexico City is a new trendy destination that boasts vibrant culture, rich history and world-class restaurants. Just like in the rest of the country, leave between 10-20 percent of your bill in tips depending on the quality and the type of service that you received.

Tipping in Mexico City restaurants

Mexico City is a foodie capital where you can grab flavorful tacos in small hole-in-the-wall restaurants or go for a fancy dinner in Polanco. Leave at least 15 percent of your bill in tips when dining in Mexico City restaurants and feel free to leave more if the service was outstanding.

Tipping in Cabo San Lucas

Tip between 15-20 percent of your bill in Cabo San Lucas, if your service was great. Make sure to leave at least 10 percent in tips, even if your service was less than what you expected. Tourism workers in Cabo rely heavily on tips, similar to other popular parts of Mexico.

Can you tip in U.S. dollars in Cabo?

Like in most resort areas of Mexico, you can tip in dollars and pesos in Cabo. Pesos are always better because this way, a person who receives your tip won’t have to exchange the money later.

Tipping in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular destinations along Mexico’s Pacific Coast famous for its water sports and diverse food scene. Always leave between 10-20 percent of your bill in tips when taking tours or dining in Puerto Vallarta restaurants.

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Tipping in Mexico: FAQs

Now that you have a good idea of the tipping culture in Mexico, let’s answer a few common questions to make sure everything is crystal clear.

Is there such thing as over-tipping in Mexico?

As anywhere else, you can technically over-tip in Mexico, if you leave too much of a gratuity. The good thing is that your tip will go a long way for a person who is serving you.

Is $20 a big tip in Mexico?

Determining what a “big tip” is will depend on what service you are tipping for, and what the total bill was. A general rule is about 10-15 percent of your total bill.

Should I buy pesos before going to Mexico?

You can go to your bank and exchange money before your trip to Mexico. By doing this, you will have pesos when you arrive.

Usually, this can be done without a fee, whereas some places in Mexico will charge a fee for exchanging money.

You can also bring your credit card and exchange money once you are in Mexico. Be sure and tell your credit card company you are traveling to Mexico before you go, to avoid any complications.

Should I take cash to Mexico or an ATM?

You should come prepared with cash when going to Mexico. However, you shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash with you when exploring cities for the day.

You can lock cash in your safe in your room and only bring what you think you will need for the day.

Avoid pulling large amounts of cash out at ATM’s to avoid becoming a target for theft. You can use your credit or debit card to pay for tours, accommodations, or food and save cash for tips and smaller purchases.

How do you tip at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico?

There are a few all-inclusive resorts that have a no-tipping policy. There are somewhere tips that are not expected, but very much appreciated.

The best idea is to check the resort policy when making your reservations so you know what to expect as every hotel is different.

Even if the tip is “included” in your rate, it is a nice gesture to offer a tip to those who go out of their way to serve you.

Should I carry cash to Mexico?

You should carry small amounts of pesos with you to Mexico. When you go out, avoid flashing large amounts of cash, or bringing more than you need.

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Tipping in Mexico: final thoughts

As you can see, tipping in Mexico is customary and appreciated. Knowing the etiquette of tipping in Mexico will help you become familiar with the culture.

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This guide will help you get prepared for your travels to Mexico!

When in doubt, leave a tip! Most people in the service and tourism industries rely heavily on tips to supplement their income, so leaving a few extra pesos will be appreciated.

More resources for planning your trip to Mexico

  • Agoda.com– a great website for budget hotels in popular destinations in Mexico.
  • WorldNomads– Great service for insurance coverage that will keep you safe on the road.
  • Safety Wing– Excellent insurance plan for long-term travelers that offers competitive rates is you are planning to stay on the road several weeks in a row.
  • iVisa– the best website for getting help with your visa for Mexico.
  • DiscoverCars.com– Rent a car to discover different regions on Mexico.
  • GetYourGuide.com– This is one of the best platforms for finding best guided tours in Mexico. Get Your Guide is my favorite platform that offers awesome tours and top-notch guides in many popular destinations across the country.
  • CheapoAir.com– One of the best platforms for saving money on flights to Mexico.
  • Booking.com– a popular website with tons and tons of options for accommodations of all sorts.


How much do you tip in Mexico 2023? ›

Tipping in Mexico 2023: How Much to Tip

You should generally tip anywhere between 10-20% of the final bill price and although tips are not always expected, they are appreciated. It is important to tip a respectful amount.

How many American dollars is a good tip in Mexico? ›

It's up to you how much you tip, but the recommended amount in Mexico is between 10% – 20% (15% is a good standard in tourist areas) of the bill or ticket price.

What is considered a good tip at a Mexico all-inclusive? ›

To show your appreciation for the meal, tip your server around 15%. Raise that up to 20% if you were wowed. Note that some establishments automatically charge a service fee, so keep an eye out so that you don't tip twice. Bartenders should get 20 pesos (US$1) per drink or 10–15% of the total bill.

What is the tipping guide for Mexico? ›

In Mexico, a good rule of thumb for tips is to leave 10-15% of the bill. 50 pesos would be a standard tip for a bill that was around 500 pesos. For example, if you go out for dinner and get drinks, you should expect to spend around 400 MXN. That would mean your tip would be between 40-60 MXN.

Is $5 usd a good tip in Mexico? ›

They depend upon those tips to live. If you're on a tour with a lot of people (20-100 people), each person should leave a tip of at least $5 U.S. (90 pesos). If you're on a tour with very few people (e.g., four people in your family), the group should leave a tip that is equivalent to 15-20% of the cost of the tour.

Is 10 pesos a good tip? ›

Restaurants: For good service, a 10% tip is standard. For really good service, anything between 15% and 20% is acceptable. Street food: Again, tipping is not required or expected, but it is appreciated (saying “keep the change” is sufficient). Taxis: If the driver helps with bags, 10–20 pesos is a good tip.

How many pesos is $1 in US money? ›

1 USD = 17.7625 MXN May 05, 2023 22:31 UTC

The currency converter below is easy to use and the currency rates are updated frequently.

Is it better to take pesos or usd to Mexico? ›

The short answer is use pesos! Most businesses will take U.S. dollars, but it's better to convert your currency to pesos. You'll get better deals and it is the currency of Mexico. Many people get pesos from their bank at home before travel.

Do you tip when you check out of a hotel? ›

Tip the housekeeper.

The general rule of thumb is a couple of dollars for each day. You should leave the tip out in the open, like the nightstand, and with a note so the housekeeper doesn't confuse it with cash you've just left out (which you should never do, by the way).

How much money should you bring for tips at an all inclusive resort? ›

Some experts recommend that you bring a total of $150 to $200 USD for tips for a 1-week stay. This equates to around $20 to $25 USD per day for all staff members who might help you throughout the day.

Is it rude not to tip at all-inclusive resorts? ›

Do I Need to Tip at an All-Inclusive Resort? While tipping is a discretionary and optional gesture, at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and others, it is certainly encouraged.

Do you need cash at an all inclusive resort? ›

Credit cards are gold around these parts but it's still a good idea to bring cash along when you travel, even on an all-inclusive vacation. While you won't be paying for meals or drinks, it's a good idea to make friends with your bartender at the beginning of the trip by leaving a tip up front.

Should I bring cash to Mexico? ›

Since most major tourist attractions accept both U.S. dollars and pesos, you should bring a little of both. However, don't bring too much. Even though Mexico is generally safe, it's not a good idea to carry around large wads of cash in your wallet or pockets.

Do you leave the tip on the table in Mexico? ›

Eating and drinking out

Waiters working at restaurants and bars should always be tipped for good service; a sum equivalent to 10-15% of the total bill is appropriate.

Do you tip Mexico taxi drivers? ›

Tipping in Mexico: Taxi

Most taxi drivers in Mexico do not expect a tip. However, if your driver helps you with your luggage, it is courteous to tip around 10 pesos. This standard also goes for Airport Shuttle Operators. A 10 peso tip is typical if you are helped with your bags.

Is $100 pesos a lot in Mexico? ›

Is $100 a lot of money in Mexico? Yes. $100 USD goes a lot further in Mexico than in the United States and in other western currencies.

How many pesos should I bring to Mexico all-inclusive? ›

If you're staying at an all inclusive resort, you will only need about 100 pesos per day per person for tips (I'd say this is minimum). If you're staying at a hotel in Puerto Vallarta, for example, and eating out for each meal and throwing in a couple happy hours, you might want to budget 500 pesos per person.

How much do you tip housekeeping? ›

The American Hotel & Lodging Association suggests leaving a $1-to-$5 tip per day for the housekeeping staff. The tipping range is helpful when estimating your trip budget, but how much you should ultimately tip depends on a few factors (more on this later).

Is a dollar tip a lot in Mexico? ›

In Mexico, tipping in either U.S. dollars (bills only, no coins) or pesos is acceptable, though pesos are usually more practical for the recipient (and will save them a trip to the casa de cambio). The amount you tip is at your discretion and should be based on the quality of service you received.

How much should I tip in cash? ›

If your restaurant tips tend to be $30 or less, though—and unless you're spending $150 or more on each meal, they should be—you can certainly carry enough cash to cover that 15 to 20 percent (or more!) tip. According to The Takeout's advice columnist The Salty Waitress, most food industry servers prefer cash tips.

Is $1 a good tip? ›

There are very few places left for a $1 tip.” The Emily Post Institute recommends tipping a coat room attendant $2 for the first coat and $1 thereafter; and the same amount when an airport sky cap, doorman, grocery store bagger or bell boy.

How many pesos do you get for $100 US? ›

1775.75000 MXN

How many pesos equals US $100? ›

More On How Far $100 USD Will Get You In Mexico.

Considering the fact that $100 USD equals over 2,000 MXN, you can get a whole heck of a lot!

How many pesos is $50 in American money? ›

Are you overpaying your bank?
Conversion rates US Dollar / Mexican Peso
5 USD88.78750 MXN
10 USD177.57500 MXN
20 USD355.15000 MXN
50 USD887.87500 MXN
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Should I convert cash to pesos before going to Mexico? ›

It's recommended that you buy pesos before you land in Mexico, just in case you need the cash. According to this USA Today article, the most economical way to do this is to buy pesos from your bank in the U.S. Most banks will do this for free, especially if you're not withdrawing a significant amount of money.

How much cash should I take to Mexico for a week? ›

So, how much spending money should I bring to Mexico? On a mid-range budget, you should expect to spend $110 USD ($2200 MXN) per person daily. This accounts for 3 meals a day, transportation fare, and one activity per day(tours, attractions,etc.). Add $10 USD ($200 MXN) if planning to drink alcohol.

Can I use my debit card in Mexico? ›

Credit cards, debit cards, prepaid travel cards and cash are all accepted in Mexico. Outside of a few purchases like transportation fare or local shops, a credit card will be your best bet for everyday purchases.

Do you tip hotel housekeeping at end of stay? ›

When to tip your hotel room cleaners. Some travelers like to leave one tip for hotel housekeeping at the end of their stay. But most experts say it's better to leave a tip every day of your trip. “We recommend tipping nightly, as your room may be serviced by different people,” said Ten Eyck.

Do you tip a hotel if they dont clean your room? ›

As a result, some guests might think there's no need to tip housekeepers. But even if you never opt for room cleaning during your stay, you should leave a tip on your departure day, as housekeeping staff will be coming in to clean up after you and disinfect the room before the next guests arrive.

Is it rude not to tip hotel housekeeping? ›

Do you have to tip housekeeping? The answer is a resounding yes. The people who clean and take care of your room during your stay, clean and sanitize it between customers, and answer the sorts of things you really shouldn't be asking hotel staff are essential workers.

Do you tip on top of resort fee? ›

While resort fees may include certain hotel services, amenities, and access to different areas, they do not include tips or gratuity for hotel staff. Some travelers assume that tips for housekeeping, concierge service, or luggage delivery are included in the resort fee, but the fee is paid directly to the hotel.

Do you tip room service at a resort? ›

Recommended tip for room service: 15 to 20% of your total food bill.

Does all-inclusive mean tip? ›

Generally, you won't be expected to tip at the time of purchase since part of the beauty of an all-inclusive resort is not having to worry about bringing credit cards or cash to the beach or pool. Some resorts will charge you a daily tip amount while some prohibit tipping altogether.

Is it OK not to tip at buffet? ›

That means buffet tipping & etiquette isn't as strictly connected to billing percentages as most restaurants. However, the staff of a buffet restaurant still works hard to ensure proper service. Ergo, the answer is yes: you should leave a tip at a buffet.

Is room service included in all-inclusive? ›

At many all-inclusive resorts, room service is not a luxury or added price -- instead, it's included in the overnight fee.

Should you tip everywhere you go? ›

Now that you know Americans are tip-crazy, you might ask yourself, is there anywhere I don't have to tip? You don't have to tip at fast food places or coffee shops with counter service (but don't worry, there will be a tip jar just in case). That's it. Happy tipping!

Do you need towels in all-inclusive? ›

Towels. You don't need towels, as the resort provides these to all guests, and you can exchange them for clean dry ones at any time.

Do you eat for free at all-inclusive resorts? ›

An all-inclusive vacation is a vacation that includes all the essentials in the booking price. Besides accommodation, you can expect food, drinks, activities, and entertainment to be included, without having to pay extra for it.

Do resorts have hidden fees? ›

Now a common practice among hotels and can vary from $5 to $40 per night. Resort fees are also deceptively hidden under other terms like “amenities fee, “guest amenity fees,” urban fees, ” “good life fees,” ” urban fees, ” “mandatory fees,” or New York mandatory hotel fees.

Should you carry your passport with you in Mexico? ›

Mexican immigration authorities could ask you to present both your passport and entry permit at any point and may detain you while they review your immigration status if you are not carrying your passport and proof of legal status in Mexico, or if you have overstayed your authorized stay.

Should I use cash or debit card in Mexico? ›

In Mexican cities and tourist areas, credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted. If you want to pay with American Express, you should ask first. Be careful when using your credit card at publicly accessible Mexican ATMs.

Should I take cash to Mexico or swipe my debit card? ›

Yes, using your debit card in Mexico is generally safe. Relying on a debit card to pay directly at establishments and to withdraw cash when needed is likely safer than carrying a lot of money on you. That being said, take caution when withdrawing cash from ATMs in Mexico.

Is it polite to leave food on your plate in Mexico? ›

Be sure to leave a little food left on the plate as you close in on finishing your food. Especially if it's dinner at home, finishing all the food on your plate is somewhat rude.

What are some table manners in Mexico? ›

Dining Etiquette:

Do not begin eating until the host says, “Buen provecho!” Mexicans do not switch knives and forks. The knife remains in the right hand, and the for remains in the left. When the meal is finished, the knife and fork are laid parallel to each other across the right side of the plate.

Are Mexicans supposed to keep their hands on the table during a meal? ›

If seated at a table, keep both hands visible above the tabletop. Mexicans may eat certain traditional foods with their hands instead of utensils. For example, it is common to use tortillas to scoop food.

Is $5 a good tip in Mexico? ›

It's up to you how much you tip, but the recommended amount in Mexico is between 10% – 20% (15% is a good standard in tourist areas) of the bill or ticket price.

What is a good tip for airport shuttle? ›

Depending on your route and length, tipping can differ. For a large vehicle carrying multiple people, $2-$3 should suffice. For drivers spending the majority of the day with you, as is the case with a limo or moving between airports, hotels, and events, 10 to 15 percent of the total bill is custom.

What's the best money to take to Mexico? ›

What currency should you bring to Mexico? The best currency to bring to Mexico is a mix of pesos and US dollars. Use the dollars to pay for tours, entrance fees, accommodation, and travel.

Is $2 usd a good tip in Mexico? ›

Suggested Tip: $2-3 per bag / 30-50 pesos

We usually tip $10 USD or 150 pesos, whatever we have on us.

Is $20 a good tip in Cancun? ›

If you're staying at a hotel or resort, the front desk can break larger notes into small bills and coins for you: the $20 peso bill is popular for tipping at hotel resorts.

How much cash should I bring to Mexico for tips? ›

A good rule of thumb is to bring 25% of your overall budget in cash to avoid carrying around huge wads of money. What is this? For example, if your daily budget is $50 and you'll be in Mexico for six days, you should plan to bring $60-70 in cash.

Can you tip usd in Mexico all-inclusive? ›

While tipping is a discretionary and optional gesture, at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and others, it is certainly encouraged.

Do you tip at an all inclusive resort? ›

While tipping may not be required at some all-inclusive resorts, many guests prefer to do so. In the event that you would like to tip staff during your all-inclusive vacation, it is important to find out in advance whether staff would even be allowed to accept those tips.

How much $$ should I bring for tips in Cancun? ›

On average Waiters in Cancun earn around $2.17 an hour + Tips. It's customary to tip from 10-20% depending on the size of the Bill and the quality of service. Always check your Bill before tipping as some restaurants will automatically add a service charge to your Bill.

How much do you tip a shuttle driver in Mexico? ›

Any tip is gratefully received, so what is the tipping etiquette for drivers in Cancun and the Riviera Maya? In general you should tip your Cancun shuttle driver 50 pesos per person on board. That's about $2.50 USD but please remember that it is best to use the local currency of pesos for tipping!

What is a good tip for all inclusive resort in Cancun? ›

How much should I tip in Cancun? For both self-service buffets and menu items, a tip of at least 10 percent is recommended. For hotel porter, $ 1-2 is the norm. Hotel maids should be tipped, at least, $3 a day.

Is it better to use cash or credit card in Mexico? ›

Paying with a credit card will give you the best exchange rate. Most restaurants, hotels and stores accept credit cards in Mexico.

Should I use my credit card in Mexico? ›

In Mexican cities and tourist areas, credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted. If you want to pay with American Express, you should ask first. Be careful when using your credit card at publicly accessible Mexican ATMs.

How many pesos should I bring for a week in Mexico? ›

I usually recommend going to your bank a week or two before your trip to Mexico and getting about $50-75 USD worth of Pesos. This should come out to about 1,000-1,500 Pesos.

How much is one dollar in Mexico? ›

1 USD = 17.7625 MXN May 05, 2023 22:31 UTC

Check the currency rates against all the world currencies here. The currency converter below is easy to use and the currency rates are updated frequently.

How many pesos to bring to Mexico all-inclusive? ›

If you're staying at an all inclusive resort, you will only need about 100 pesos per day per person for tips (I'd say this is minimum). If you're staying at a hotel in Puerto Vallarta, for example, and eating out for each meal and throwing in a couple happy hours, you might want to budget 500 pesos per person.

Do Mexican resort workers keep their tips? ›

Some tip every meal, some tip the last day they are at the hotel. Some hotels have a “shared-tips” policy where all tips collected are shared equally among the restaurant staff. Employees come from all over Mexico and there are different view points among Mexican's against one-another.


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