We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Best currency to tip in

Which Mazatlan hotels are on sale?
dd/mm/yyyy dd/mm/yyyy
See hotels
Toronto
Level Contributor
193 posts
3 reviews
Save Topic
Best currency to tip in

Hello, what's the best currency to tip in?

Also, should we get pesos from our bank in Canada or take CDN dollars and exchange at the Riu lobby?

Thank you

Alberta
Level Contributor
57 posts
2 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Best currency to tip in

We tipped in pesos and a bit in US funds (small bills leftover from our last trip). Everyone seemed happy with both.

My Mom exchanged CDN funds a couple of times from a shop near Dairy Queen (Golden Zone). The rate varied from 11.20 - 11.22 for each $1 CDN (with no other fee). Not sure what exchange rates resorts use. She also paid a couple of times at shops using Canadian funds (they used the same rate for calculation as the exchange shop).

We withdrew pesos from the same ATM twice. The fee was about 33 pesos for transaction, regardless of amount... seemed like a good deal on 7,000 - 10,000 peso withdrawals I haven't checked our bank statement yet (just got back), but I'm sure there will be an additional Canadian bank charge, as well.

Toronto
Level Contributor
193 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Best currency to tip in

Thank you

We have some small US bills left over from our previous trip as well so will take that and get some pesos from our bank here before we go and then exchange more if we need while there.

Gr.Rapids Minnesota
Level Contributor
231 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Best currency to tip in

Pesos are best, it's very hard for workers to get to bank, cambios with their hours. We're from MN, we use ATM's starting at the airport, and have one right in front of the Oceano !

Vancouver BC
Destination Expert
for Vancouver
Level Contributor
8,931 posts
186 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Best currency to tip in

Post 3 makes sense. The question is for the tips and the tip is most convenient in readily usable currency. Foreign currency isn't readily usable and gets discounted wherever converted.

B.C.Canada
Destination Expert
for Riviera Nayarit
Level Contributor
11,655 posts
116 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: Best currency to tip in

The Desk at the Riu will change Canadian (new/unmarked) to Peso for you , at Just a good a Rate,as using atm with the Fees.

If you use the atm in Lobby(not affliated with the Hotel) to get peso, you will have a FEE, plus your bank card Fee .

Tip in Pesos..

Staff will be happy to accept usd also.,but as posted above ,they prefer PESOs. For sure don't give Canadian loonies/ useless in Mexico.

Toronto
Level Contributor
193 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
6. Re: Best currency to tip in

Thanks everyone

Mazatlan, Mexico
Level Contributor
755 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: Best currency to tip in

Peso for all Mexican transactions. We buy pesos before we leave Canada and then use our debit/credit cards at the ATM for more as needed.

Mazatlan, Mexico
Level Contributor
755 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: Best currency to tip in

Just make sure your bank knows you are going to be in Mexico so they don't freeze your account if you go to use your debit/credit cards.

J-W
Illinois
Level Contributor
1,237 posts
1,055 reviews
Save Reply
9. Re: Best currency to tip in

I agree with Obbie. Remember these lovely people work 6 days a week, so it would be best for them not to have to exchange their money on their day off. We have been given these advise by many friends who are from Mazatlan and Cabo.

Calgary, Alberta
Level Contributor
793 posts
35 reviews
Save Reply
10. Re: Best currency to tip in

Pesos, pesos, pesos. It's the local currency and the Mexican people will appreciate it more. This way they don't have to stand in line at the bank after a 10-12 hour day.

We take enough pesos with us to cover the first couple of days then use the ATMs at the bank or at Mega. My wife has even used her debit card to pay for groceries at Mega. Never any problem.