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Tipping

We will be arriving in PV on Friday . I would like some advice on tipping. I've never exchanged money before and need some help.

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Dola

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1. Re: Tipping

To simplify it, $1 US is about 10 pesos. Using this as a guideline tip as you would at home.

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2. Re: Tipping

Enter "tipping" in the search box above and you will find lots of helpful information.

The exchange ratio as noted is accurate. (-:

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As above, just think 10 to 1 (i.e., cover up the last zero of the peso price and you've got a close figure for USD). Then tip like you would at home... 15% of the restaurant bill total, for example.

I leave 20 peso ($2) per person per day for the hotel maid, each day on the bed. You don't need to tip taxi drivers unless they help move a lot of luggage or do some special favor.

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You don't 'need' to tip anyone. But the fact that PV taxis are the most reasonable in the world ensures that they get a tip from me every time I employ one of them. At least a buck usually 2. Don't be cheap. Occasionally you'll run across one that will quote a lot more than he should, he gets nothing extra from me and gets no more than the standard fare.

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I had always tipped taxi drivers, but have been constantly advised here that it is not locally correct manners by folks living in PV.

Mexico and Cali
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How convenient. It is a service just like any other. If it is performed well it will be rewarded, at least by me. As I stated, taxis in PV are the most reasonable I've come across in any tourist destination. A tip is expected by taxis in every other part of the world, and they're more expensive. Yet , here it's against manners? To each their own, I try and do what's right. There's plenty of cheap tippers from the north as it is, I do my part to make up for them.

Puerto Vallarta...
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We have never tipped taxis here (in my 30 year experience), unless they help carry you bags or provide some extra service.

It's the local custom, not to tip them.

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It was hard for me to get used to also. I am not being cheap but I do try to learn and use local ways when I travel, even if it is different than what I do elsewhere. This last trip I knew what the fare should be by the zones I was in, and had the exact change which I handed the driver. This seemed to be the correct thing to do.

In many places in Europe you do not tip waiters 15-20% like the US, rather just round up the bill a bit. Again not what I would do naturally or at home, but what I have learned is the local custom.

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9. Re: Tipping

The taxis in Zihua and Ixtapa are much less expanesive than PV for the same amount of travel, same with Guadalajara and Guanjuato.

Cabo and PV seem to have much higher fares as well as Cancun.

We do not tip taxis here, unless they handle luggage or help with groery bags. Main reason is that for the last few years they have upped the fares on their own above the rates imposed by the government. They were supposed to put in meters as well as A/C and seatbelts in all taxis. The union has done none of this except to allow the owners/drivers to raise the rates. Most do not even have the required rate/zone card in the car.

Also, many of the taxi drivers own their car or it is a family member's car. My ex's family has 30 taxis and owns three sitios here in PV, when they personally take a taxi they never tip.

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