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Tipping in Cancun, Mexico?

Dec 28, 2011 | No Responses

It is customary to tip in Mexico and it’s not just in the places you’d expect like restaurants, which is on average 10-15%. If you go on a touristy excursion it is always a courtesy to leave a little something extra for exceptional service. Most of the people working in the tourism industry earn income solely from commission and tips so always keep that in mind.

Minimum wage in Mexico is, on average, 60-80 pesos a day… a quick calculation and that works out to approximately $5-7CDN. A few extra pesos will not break the bank of those travelling from first world countries but it does help out the locals.

There are the unexpected places you would never think tipping is required so here is a rundown… If you are going off the resort (which I always suggest you do) and head to a grocery store the person bagging your groceries expects a few pesos they can pocket. If you’re driving a car and someone flags you into a parking spot, ensuring you are clear of traffic those few extra pesos is more than enough to say thank you before you speed away.

These tipping rules do not just apply to tourists but to locals as well as it is the norm here in Mexico. It’s not only a courtesy to a service someone is providing but is their means of an income as these jobs do not have base pays. So, a word of advice, always carry a bit of loose change in your pocket.

Author: Janelle Brandon

As our dedicated travel writer, Janelle scours Cancun and the Riviera Maya for all the cool things to do around here. From working and living to getting around, and, of course, the best beaches (she loves her sun and sand). Janelle lets you know how it is. As our Chief Operations Officer she makes sure we are not skipping out on work to laze on the beach (although sometimes she joins us). She's a pleasure to have around and always making us laugh with her crazy stories.

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