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tipping on Isla

How much is customary (in US Dollars please) to tip at lunch or for a drink? We are generous tippers but this is our first trip to Isla and we don't want to make a bad first impression...in case we want to be invited back..............

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1. Re: tipping on Isla

I tip the same as I tip at home - 15-20% at restaurants/bars.

I also tip daily for the maid. Have fun! :)

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2. Re: tipping on Isla

Totally agree. I tip the same as at home. There has been a lot of discussion about pesos vs. US $. We have been to Isla many times and know personally that our maids like US$. They have told us that the wait staff also prefers them. Have a blast on Isla. We have one more week to enjoy it, then back to the cold.

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3. Re: tipping on Isla

wyobean - did the maids say why they preferred the USD? I have heard different things over the years . . . that most locals prefer pesos so they don't have to exchange them, etc., and then I hear that USD is good - makes me curious! :)

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4. Re: tipping on Isla

We always tip 20 percent, like here at home. We leave the maid 3-4 dollars a day, either in dollars or pesos, depending on what's handy. Some prefer pesos; some prefer dollars. We've heard that dollars are good because they can hold onto them until there's a good x-change rate and get more pesos. I'm no financial whiz so not sure that makes sense lol but that's what someone told us.

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5. Re: tipping on Isla

I would guess the maid prefer dollars simply because they generally get a larger tip, since the exchange rate is in their favor. Someone probably won't leave 13 pesos, they'd leave 10, but they'd leave a dollar.....

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6. Re: tipping on Isla

I would hope noone would leave a dollar! I am here now and will let you know how it is.....I will keep in touch!

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7. Re: tipping on Isla

The idea is the same whether you leave $1.00 or $5.00. The maid gets more cash if you leave dollars. That was the point.

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8. Re: tipping on Isla

Gosh, we were only leaving $1 per day (sometimes $2) I had no idea. I feel really bad. Is there a publication somewhere of suggested tips for different services in Mexico?

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9. Re: tipping on Isla

Shug, so many people leave nothing. It's a big complaint of housekeeping staff everywhere, in the U.S. as well as other countries. I'm sure they appreciated your tips :)

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10. Re: tipping on Isla

Shug - I had read about tipping for the maids on the www.islamujeres.info chatter pages, so I brought small gifts along with my daily tips for my first trip to Isla. But a guide would be a good idea - because I had no idea how much to tip the bicycle guy with our luggage . . . and at the time, it was my first trip to MX, so I really didn't have any idea about what my pesos were really worth or anything. I am sure I made many mistakes that first trip - either over or undertipping!

You know, I know for many of us Americans, we don't think about tipping maids at hotels - I know I didn't. But I once stayed with a friend who was leaving a tip for the maid and she educated me, so I now know how/what to tip for that as well. :)