Post # 1
My husband and I are currently preparing for our first vacation in Mexico. We will be going to an all-inclusive in Riviera Maya; however, I have questions regarding tipping. Should I get some money converted to pesos prior to leaving the US or would tipping in US dollars be fine? Should I tip the airport to hotel transport? Do you have to tip for ever single drink you get or would it be acceptable to do a few dollars at the beginning of each day. And lastly, if we decided to do any shopping would be need pesos for that? I assume nobody uses credit or debit cards due to conversion issues??
Post # 2
We have used debit and credit cards fine, although they have a small convertion rate. You don’t need to tip at all inclusives. Tip housekeeping at the end. Dollars should be fine. If you want cash to shop get it from the bank two weeks before your trip, the rate will be much lower.
Post # 3
I’ve always tipped at the all-inclusives I’ve been to. I’m Canadian and prefer to have pesos but I’ve definitely gone with only USD and tipped with those and it’s never a problem. I have a friend from Mexico who says the staff actually prefer USD, but I don’t know if that’s true or not.
Generally speaking I leave a couple dollars for housekeeping every day and then if I am staying in one place for awhile (for example, sitting on the beach in the same place for hours and drinking the whole time) I’d tip $5-10 the first time and then that would be it for the period of time I was there. Usually you’ll have one staff member serving you in that time. If I was going up to the bar myself, I’d tip a couple bucks every few drinks.
I’d tip the airport transfer a few dollars and you can definitely use USD for shopping. I’ve never had a problem using credit cards but I try to avoid it if possible.
Post # 4
We tipped in dollars – they actually prefered it.
We brought cash and a few pesos – most places can work with either.
Post # 5
Whenever I’ve gone to Mexico, we’ve always tipped in USD.
Post # 6
We’ve been twice, once to Dreams Tulum and once to Hard Rock RM. Everywhere takes US Dollars so don’t worry about pesos.
I say tip housekeeping at the beginning and the end. If you tip at the beginning, you usually get better service throughout your stay. Tip the driver for sure. I’m assuming you have arranged transportation? If not, arrange it through a company like USA Transfers. Otherwise you get hounded on the way out of the airport by a ton of companies that will rip you off. You don’t have to tip every drink, but if you frequent a particular swim up bar, or a waiter serves you a lot, def tip them and keep them happy. When we went for a 4 night vacation, $30 in singles was plenty for tips.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2017 - The Olmsted
We tip in USD in Mexico at the all inclusive resorts we have been to. We always give at least $1 per drink. We also tip our maids and at resturants. We leave a $5 in the mini fridge asking for extra of our favorite beer. We also tip tour guides and Captain and crew on excursions. On average I say we spend about $250 in tips during the week.
Post # 8
The question of whether Mexicans prefer to be tipped in pesos or US dollars always has plenty of people on both sides but the bottom line is if you are tipping them they will appreciate it regardless of which currency (excluding US coins of course).
For shopping you can pay pretty much anywhere with USD but you will get a FAR inferior exchange rate that way. I think it is easiest/most cost effective to take pesos out of an ATM in the airport. Agree with TJacob on the transfer question.
Post # 9
We always bring USD to tip, but pesos would be fine too. For a 10-day trip, we brought about $300.
Post # 10
You can certainly use credit cards in foreign countries. In fact you generally will get a better conversion rate using your credit card than by exchanging cash. The only thing you need to be aware of, is if your credit card has a foreign transaction fee…many do not, but of yours does, the fees can add up quickly.
Ive never stayed at an AI, so I can’t speak to that part of your question.
Post # 11
I always tip the bartender. Got great service.
Post # 12
I’m Canadian and with the current exchange, I chose pesos for my recent trip to Mexico. We had USD but mostly used pesos. You can use a CC but, there’s usually a conversion fee on top of other fees that may be charged.. The exchange isn’t terrible though. We usually use our CC on vacation for big purchases instead of carrying around that much cash.
Definitely tip your airport transfer, and housekeeping.. We left a tip everyday for the cleaner ($5 a day -I think-). At an all-inclusive, my husband would gave $50 to a bartender and he looked after us for our stay.. If we got a different bartender we tipped him per drink but, had one go to guy for our vacation Outside of an all-inclusive.. We tipped normally (15- 20% of a bill). I would also tip the waitstaff in restaurants.
We used Canada Transfers from the Cancun airport to an all inclusive in Akumal, then had them pick us up from a diff town/hotel to return to the airport at the end of our trip. They were so easy to work with, and I booked with them online. US Transfers is essentially the same service/ same price.
Post # 13
When I go to all inclusives in mexico I bring around $150- $200 in usd 1s for Dear Fiance and I. You don’t have to tip every single drink but we tipped a dollar for most drinks, a couple to house keeping each day, luggage people, leave a few dollars on the table after each meal, etc. For $150-$200 you can improve service the whole time and make for happier staff. We also bring a couple hundred USD 20s or some other cash, you sometimes need some form of cash to pay for excrusions and I’m not super comfortable with their ATMs. We were at Barcelo riviera maya last spring.
Post # 14
I second the leave a tip in the fridge for the drink filler guy. You also usually have to be very obvious about the tip for the housekeeper or they won’t pick it up.
Post # 15
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
Almost every place accepts USD or pesos. Some actually prefer USD because it is a higher value than pesos. I did use my credit card a few times with no issue other than paying a conversion fee. I wouldn’t recommend using a debit card while traveling. I work for a financial institution and debit card fraud and foreign transactions are more of a hassle for the customer than with the credit card. Just be sure to inform your credit card company of your travel dates and destination before you leave.
Also, since it is your first trip to Mexico… I will give you a heads up because I was not prepared for this, at the airport once you collect your baggage, you will walk through a TON of people trying to give you things and sell you things! I felt so overwhelmed and bombarded. Just out the blinders on and walk through it.