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Tipping in Cancun and Other Local Customs

Tipping

Cancun is a vibrant city that caters to tourists from all over world with first-class service. If you’re wondering about tipping in Cancun on your next vacation, here is a short guide to help you along.

Tipping at All-Inclusive Resorts in Cancun

Tipping at the all-inclusive resorts is encouraged, although staff will never ask for a tip. Instead, a server or maid may say to you, “Tomorrow is my day off,” which means that if you’re going to tip them, then it’s a good idea to do it before their day off. They typically work six days a week for low wages and rely on the tips. Most of the staff are not locals but come from other areas of Mexico or other countries.

Tipping Shuttle Bus and Taxi Drivers in Cancun

Although shuttle bus and taxi drivers do not always expect tips, it is recommended to tip them. If you plan on taking a taxi, be sure to agree upon a price first so there is no misunderstanding when you get to your location. At that point, you can give a tip on top of the agreed upon amount.

How Much to Tip in Cancun

A gratuity of at least 10 percent is recommended for both self-serve buffets and menu items. For Hotel porters $1-2 USD is the norm. Hotel maids is $1 per day. For shuttle bus and taxi drivers tip according to the agreed upon price and distance. The longer the distance, the bigger the tip, for example.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about tipping in Cancun.

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