(Closed) Questions Regarding Mexico Vacation

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 16
7396 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I go to Mexico a lot but never stay in all inclusives so I’m no help there. That being said, I always tip everyone. Because we don’t stay in all-inclusives we’re usually able to shop around at stores in the town we stay that have good conversion rates to exchange our money. I try to carry a good amount of cash with me, with I use a credit card as well. Just make sure to notify your bank where you’ll be and the dates so they don’t flag your transactions as fraud and cut off your cards.

Post # 17
664 posts
Busy bee

Tip and pay with USD. If you have to make purchases at the hotel use your CC (if they don’t charge a fee). A few years ago we went and brought USD right when Mexico started the whole only use pesos thing. We ended up having to buy pesos. A few months ago we went and brought pesos but wished we brought USD. As we were checking out, I asked the front desk manager what the deal was. He said that I came during a time Mexico was cracking down on not using pesos, since then they’ve lifted some restrictions and taxes (especially for housekeeping) so now everyone prefers tips in USD. 

Post # 18
393 posts
Helper bee

Check with your resort, I believe RIU request you exchange to pesos and will not accept USD

Post # 19
4943 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was at an all-inclusive in the Riviera Maya a few years ago, and the staff at that time told us they prefer USD when I asked. But I’d check with your resort specifically if you have any questions. We left tips at each meal (even though the meals were buffet – someone was coming by to refill drinks) and probably about a dollar a drink at the bars at the resort. We also left tips for the cleaning folks each day. I think this resort had an envelope to use so that the cleaning folks knew it was for them specifically and not just random change laying around. And of course we tipped our drivers.

Post # 20
1411 posts
Bumble bee

1) Make sure your credit card has no foreign transaction fee

2)Charge in Pesos- they may offer to charge your card in USD- you will get an attrocious rate, don’t do it.

3)Put a travel notification on your cards, so they won’t be flagged/declined


Order Pesos from your bank prior to your trip, or take some out at the ATM upon arrival. If you have a fee for using an ATM not from your bank (very common) take out the MAX amount of cash you can/you plan to use Because a $5 fee on 1 $300 withdrawl is much better than $15 in fees on 3 $100 withdrawls.

Post # 21
720 posts
Busy bee

we always tip USD they prefer it from the trips we’ve been on I believe they make more off it! We usually tip “bigger” so they will come back around or make us strong drinks. After we give them one till then we just start giving them a buck or two here and there after each drink or meal. Really for us though it depends how nice they are and we will tip more or less depending. I don’t always feel like I have to tip though! We try to be fair! Enjoy the trip. 

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