- 8 years ago
- Wedding: November 1999
Ok, I know some of you think that you don’t have to tip at an all inclusive, right?
DH and I just came back from Secrets Silversands in the Rivera Maya… 15 min from Cancun and we were planning on tipping here and there. Yes, the resort says we don’t have to tip but we figure we should tip if the person did a good job. The staff does NOT expect a tip nor do they ask for a tip. Which is good. We weren’t pressured at all to tip. We brought about $100 in 1 dollar bills.
We didn’t tip everytime but we tip now and then. We were not trying to do this so to beat out the other guest who did not tip. Service was not better because we tipped. Although, we did remember the face of some of the bartenders who made my drink better than others.
Anyway, the reason why I’m writing this post is because I found something out while I was there. I was on an excursion on a trip that was NOT related to the resort. Someone on our trip was having some small talk with the tour guide. I was in and out of sleeping and so was the rest of the van, so the tour guide didn’t do this to boost his tips.
The guy on my trip asked the tour guide what minimum wage was in meixco. He told him 60 PESOS a DAY (not a hour)!!! I woke up from my half sleepy-ness when I heard this. I thought about and that is 6 dollars a day!! What???? Most of the staff at these resorts work 12-16 hours a day. I know the staff that are in charge of entertainment, bartending, taking orders at the restaurant, probably make enough in tips but what about the ones we walk by and never even be consider. Like the maids that make your bed in the morning and in the afternoon, they probably make minimum wage. They don’t have to speak english so which is probably why they can only make minimum wage.
Just somethign to think about. This is by no way telling you that you have to tip but it just give you a perspective on things.
Do you tip at an all inclusive?
ETA: I did go back to the resort and did an immediate search on minimum wage in mexico and I was able to confirm it.