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currency and tips for cancun

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currency and tips for cancun

I am flying out in September and am concerned about which currency is the most useful and how much in tips for the bar/restaurant/beach/housekeeping staff.

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1. Re: currency and tips for cancun

The national currency in Mexico is the peso. It is accepted everywhere.

Although many establishments will accept dollars, they will exchange them at a rate that is very favorable to them (and not to you), making your purchases as much as 25-30% more expensive.

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Tips are based upon what you are comfortable with. I usually go with $1 for bar/restaurant/beach and $2 - $3 for housekeeping and fridge restock. The extra $$ for the restock person goes a long way in getting extras, especially bottled water!

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I am going in september too and I was told the Mexican Peso is better to take than the US Dollar as you get a better exchange rate & value for money.

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4. Re: currency and tips for cancun

hi sonia

we recommend peso, usd is still used probably more but dont forget the place is 90% americans.

tipping is such an emotive subject, the americans come from that culture where they pay their waiters and bars staff a pittance and expect joe public to make their wage up, unlike us in the u.k. who pay a live able wage then the tip is based on quality of product and service.

the mexican people are beautiful and will look after you tip or not but believe me tipping does get better service, if you do however get bad service certainly dont tip.

having said all that we stay at the golden parnassus where the service is second to none so we tip loads, money, and man utd football shirts to our favorites,

barry and mary

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