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Tipping is very appreciated in the DR, as wages are very low. A dollar to them means a lot. Guests can leave small items and usually $1 or $2 U.S. dollars each morning on the pillows for the maids and just add a little note to let them know that it is for them.
Also, tip at the bars once a day and for the restaurants make sure your waiter gets a tip because they in most cases really do try to please. The amount could be the same as in the States (10-20%) or less if the service is really really bad.
They make very little money each month and a couple of dollars sure goes a long way if everybody does this, and not to mention it shows tourists' appreciation. Keep in mind that things are slower paced in Cabarete (sometimes a whole lot, slower paced) but if the staff members are attentive, they deserve a tip.
You will find that once you have tipped, they will run for you and make sure you don't want for anything.
For more information on taxes and service charges in hotels and restaurants, see article Service and Tips.