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Old 02-09-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Tipping

Just curious when in Playa what do you tip?? We always tip and I don't think you can ever "overtip" especially for the wonderful people we have come in contact with while in Playa, but sometimes I am worried about under tipping and was just curious if others would share what they tip...

For us we basically tip about $3 a day to our maids and sometimes as much as $5 a day just depending on the service the previous day..

We usally tip the same to our waiters at the buffet area of our hotel

And usually about $1 per drink to the bartenders at the hotel..


I had my first massage in my life this past November and I tipped $5 but wasn't sure if that was a good tip or not???

Have never had my hair done in Playa so can't help out there...

Usually tip 3-5 bucks to the taxis...

How about you guys??? Just curious on some of these things...
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I usually give the maid $10/day, servers 20% and massage 20%, but I tend to overtip and this is at a non all-inclusive.
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Seems you have it under control...
...but you can check out what other people do here:

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....for starters
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Seems you have it under control...
...but you can check out what other people do here:

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7.

....for starters
Dude, you friggin kill me
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I'm not tipping the taxi guy $3-$5 bucks to go 10 blocks or so.
I only tip them if they help load or unload, groceries, luggage, etc..
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I'm not tipping the taxi guy $3-$5 bucks to go 10 blocks or so.
I only tip them if they help load or unload, groceries, luggage, etc..
No kidding! The taxi drivers already get a tip when they want $50 pesos for a $20 peso fare!
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Just curious when in Playa what do you tip?? We always tip and I don't think you can ever "overtip" especially for the wonderful people we have come in contact with while in Playa, but sometimes I am worried about under tipping and was just curious if others would share what they tip...

For us we basically tip about $3 a day to our maids and sometimes as much as $5 a day just depending on the service the previous day..

We usally tip the same to our waiters at the buffet area of our hotel

And usually about $1 per drink to the bartenders at the hotel..


I had my first massage in my life this past November and I tipped $5 but wasn't sure if that was a good tip or not???

Have never had my hair done in Playa so can't help out there...

Usually tip 3-5 bucks to the taxis...

How about you guys??? Just curious on some of these things...
Guess I'm a cheapskate
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It is not customary in Mexico to tip taxi drivers.

Most experienced travellers and locals alike only tip if they go above ad beyond regular service in some way- help you with baggage, wait for you at a beach or come back for you at a prearranged time, help you with your groceries, etc.

This has been known to be a controversial topic. But all of the different guide books for different resort areas in Mexico I have read say the same thing- no tips for taxistas....the tip is already in the fare. Even more so when the fares are inflated, as they sometimes (often?) are for tourists.


I should add- the average tip rate in Mexico is apparently less than in Canada and the US, it's 10% (and some Mexican tourists never or rarely tip at all). We tend to tip at about 15% for restaurant meals, similar to at home. 10 pesos per drink at an AI, 20-40 pesos per day for the maid, 10 pesos per bag for the bellboy.

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Old 02-10-2011   #10 (permalink)
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Budget travelers here:
30 peso's a day for the maid
20 peso's for each perfect drink. It reminds bartenders you deserve just a tiny bit more. This includes beer also.
200 peso's at check out for the kind staff of Playa Maya. (We were glad to tip but seeing a tip request at the bottom of the hotel check out bill was a first for us)
In general when we were eating or drinking out, we stuck to our same tipping motto as home: 15% for good service, 20% for exceptional. It's the conversion calculations that drove us nuts! (If the rate falls to 10/1, it will be so much easier!)
We had no feelings of not tipping enough/dirty looks/poor service retaliation and everyone seemed generally appreciative.
Most other posts say they tip a little more but I believe:
A- Most people tend to inflate their true tip amounts
B- People who tip less will probably not jump in here and list exactly how much less
Just my .02
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No kidding! The taxi drivers already get a tip when they want $50 pesos for a $20 peso fare!
i noticed that they would ask for $50 pesos in the last few times i've been. so, that does include a tip?
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i noticed that they would ask for $50 pesos in the last few times i've been. so, that does include a tip?
The fare in town is 17 pesos unless it's to/from Playacar.
Tipping is not customary for taxis unless they go beyond driving you to your destination (handling of bags)
If you paid 50 pesos in town, you were ripped off.
So, the procedure is to get in the taxi, arrive at your destination and pay the 17 pesos or 20 if you feel generous.
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The fare in town is 17 pesos unless it's to/from Playacar.
Tipping is not customary for taxis unless they go beyond driving you to your destination (handling of bags)
If you paid 50 pesos in town, you were ripped off.
So, the procedure is to get in the taxi, arrive at your destination and pay the 17 pesos or 20 if you feel generous.
i was ripped off then. they asked 50 and that's what i paid. i didn't leave any additional as i thought that was high. i'd only taxi if my feet were absolutely killing me from my shoes!! ugh....

thanks Rick!!

oh...and i do tip if they are carrying bags, groceries, etc.
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i was ripped off then. they asked 50 and that's what i paid. i didn't leave any additional as i thought that was high. i'd only taxi if my feet were absolutely killing me from my shoes!! ugh....

thanks Rick!!

oh...and i do tip if they are carrying bags, groceries, etc.
Don't ask. That was your first mistake.

Understand that the 17 pesos is from a roving taxi, not those parked at the queues on the cross streets along 5th.
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No kidding! The taxi drivers already get a tip when they want $50 pesos for a $20 peso fare!
Totally agree with that one..
I've yet to encounter a taxi driver that helps unload my groceries! one guy didn't even bother coming out to open the trunk..
I took a taxi 4 times with groceries from either Walmart or Mega(zona 1) to CTM (zona 2)
I was charged 17 pesos once..20 pesos a few times, I usually gave 25.. even though no one help me take out my groceries out of the trunk...
The cost of the ride...according to the chart is 17 pesos.. zona 1 to zona 2..
One guy even argued that I was out of boundary into colosio! He wanted 30 ...tip included in his case
I took a taxi on numerous other occasions from centro, usually on 10th.. most times they charge 20 pesos...
After all this is their living, I think they should try and be a little more courteous! Grant you this is not the best job in town
And I Have yet to see a woman driving a taxi here..

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