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Hannah Grant

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Tipping in Mexico

I have a trip planned to Puerto Vallarta and wanted some clarification on tipping. In some countries, it's customary to tip in dollars. Is that the case in Mexico? Also, how much do I tip? 

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  • Carlos Linares

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    In popular destinations for foreign tourists, like Cancun or Vallarta, it's pretty common to pay/tip in dollars, so that shouldn't be an issue. It's not customary or necessary, but if that's easier for you, go ahead. You can tip everyone at hotels in dollars, for example. A few Lincolns or Hamiltons here and there should keep the staff happy.

    For meals, the usual is to tip 10-15%. Cab drivers don't get tips, don't let them talk you into that. Tour guides don't require tips, but it's polite to tip them if you enjoyed the service.

    A dollar, however, is worth $13.5 pesos, which is a lot if you're tipping at a bar for a $40 peso beer. Might want to bring some $5 peso coins for that.

    Hope this helps, have fun!

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      Thank you, Carlos! This is all very good to know!! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Lauren Malloy

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    You can tip in either dollars or pesos. Most people would be happy to accept dollars! Make sure to go to the malecon boardwalk Puerto Vallarta, it's an awesome experience! I recommend the restaurant Pipi's- great food and people. Tip how you would in the US (10-30 percent) depending on how good the service is.

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      Thank you for the ideas, Lauren! · (0 likelikes)

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    Either or, dollars are fine, pesos are fine, usually we tip between 15 and 20%

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  • Aneska Zharkov

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    Naa its Mexico don't need to tip...if you feel generous 5% is good enough!

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