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Keep in mind tipping is an important part of Mexican social and trading culture. You can tip in US Dollars; however, it is best to tip in Mexican Pesos. These are the easiest for the service providers to use and exchange. At least half of Mexican households still don’t have a bank account and rely entirely on the country’s cash-based economy for their trades.

Mexican bank notes are printed in denominations of 20-, 50-, 100-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-peso bills. The most commonly seen and used are the 50-, 100- and 200-peso bills.

Download a currency converter app to your cell phone to easily calculate the exchange rate. 

While tips are included and therefore not required at most ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORTS, you may want to tip extra if you receive exceptional service. 

How much should I budget for tips?

  • $10-$15 per day for general tips
  • $25-$30 per day if you plan to leave the resort

Airport Baggage Handlers:

  • $2 or 50 pesos per bag (more if the airport is super busy!)

Shuttle Bus drivers:

  • 50-100 pesos= $2.50 -$5 per person

Tipping at local restaurants, bars, & beach clubs:

  • Always check the bill and see if a service charge for gratuity was included, many restaurants and bars will include this on the bill.
  • 10% to 20% – Example: 1,000 pesos bill = $6-8 or 150 pesos
  • $1 or 10 pesos for 2 beers

Tipping Taxi Drivers:

90 pesos fare = 10 pesos tip

Tipping Tour Guides:

  • Guide: $5-10 per person for a full day tour
  • Driver: $1-3 per person

Tipping at Hotels & Resorts (when not included):

  • Restaurants: $1-3 per meal per table
  • Bartender: $1 per round of drinks
  • Bellmen: $1-3 per bag / 20-50 pesos
  • Housekeeper: $1-5 a day, if you have special minibar requests tip extra
  • Pool Boys: $5 if they save you prime chairs by the pool
  • Concierge: $5 if they get you into a fully booked specialty restaurant