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Cortland, New York
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taxi's, tours and tipping

Going to Tamarindo soon and...

-are rates for taxi's set or is bargaining the rule?

-taxi, public bus, or ? to nearby towns and beaches? if taxi, is it easy to find one to return?

-how much to tip shuttle driver, tour guide, in restaurants, and hotel service...in dollars or colones?

-is bargaining the general rule as in some other countries for tours, etc.?

Thanks for helping out...

Grecia, Costa Rica
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1. Re: taxi's, tours and tipping

Wow, so many questions, so much to explain. basically all taxi operators are independent business people, it's a matter of supply and demand, if there are a large number of taxi rojas parked at the curb, you can do some negotiating...but don't expect a deal every time. The taxis are all equipped with a meter, or Maria, and it should be switched on to properly calculate your trip cost. If you want to ask for "no Maria", fine, you can try, once you know what a reasonable offer should be. NEVER use an unmarked pirate taxi, as you could have a security and/or insurance issue, and you save very little.

Tips are your decision to make, as the restaurant has already calculated a tip into the bill, but you may add an additional amount if you feel the service was super...this is always a difficult call, as travelers never want to be taken advantage of, or make a mistake, but follow your own thoughts based on service.

Buses are usually plentiful, and try and find someone where you end up to suggest where to meet it, how much the fare is, and perhaps how often it runs, as the last thing you need is to be stranded somewhere far and away from your cama with the last taxi also departing.

Have a safe holiday.

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As mentioned above, legal taxis will have a meter but negotiating will often get you a better price, but not at the airport. Note that there are 2 legal taxis in Tamarindo and tons of pirate taxis. Legal taxis in CR are always red with a yellow triangle on the side door. All legal taxis are fully insured in case of accident and have a safety inspection every 6 months. The pirates - NOT.

To nearby towns and beaches the buses are reliable but you won't be able to find a schedule. You'll have to depend on the locals to tell you when the bus will pass by. Ask at least 3 or 4 people and take the answer that you hear most frequently. If you take a taxi, pre-arrange a pick up time for him to come back and get you.

Tips: Taxi, shuttle drivers - no more than a couple of dollars normally unless they've gone out of their way for you.

Tour guides usually get about 10-20% of the value of your tour. Restaurants, as mentioned above, 10% will be added to your bill but there are many many restaurants that don't pass this back to the employee as the law states they're supposed to. The problem is there's not way of knowing. I always add a little more in cash, for good service. Dollar or colones are fine.

Bargaining: On the street you can bargain for souvenirs but very bargaining can be had in shops. The people that work there are usually not the owners and they have little authority to reduce the price. For tours, in many cases the price can be negotiated somewhat. Note that beach tour vendors do not carry insurance and if something goes wrong you have no recourse. Go with an proper tour operator.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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We do not tip taxis drivers...a rule? of course not...if the driver is nice go ahead...a nice tip does not hurt anybody!

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I've read that it is not the custom to tip taxi drivers in CR, but you could tip for "extra service", such as help with bags, helpful info, etc.

Restaurants charge 10% for service - I add 5% if service is "better than average" or 10% for outstanding service. ("Average service" is somewhat slow in CR by US standards.)

Dollars and colones are equally appreciated.

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5. Re: taxi's, tours and tipping

Going to Tamarindo soon and...

Great place !!!

-are rates for taxi's set or is bargaining the rule? Better ask for the meter, but since you will be in Tamarindo almost everything is within walking distance.

-taxi, public bus, or ? to nearby towns and beaches? if taxi, is it easy to find one to return? Taxis are around but you can rent a car to drive around

-how much to tip shuttle driver, tour guide, in restaurants, and hotel service...in dollars or colones? in restaurants unless service is super...tip is included , guides ? yes you can tip $10-$20

-is bargaining the general rule as in some other countries for tours, etc.? barganing for tours, yes but you might end up negotiating 10%.

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