Puerto Vallarta Tipping Rate Chart
Knowing who to tip or how much to tip them can be a little confusing. Use this chart to help you identify all the right people and how much gratuity you should give them for their service. You will find that most of the people you would tip at home still receive tips down here. There are some people in Mexico that should be tipped, who are not typically given gratuities in the United States or Canada. People like grocery store baggers are not paid a salary, instead they rely solely on the tips they make from bagging your groceries. Baggers are generally kids and elderly people.
Some other exceptions: Taxi drivers. Unlike in other areas of the world, tipping is not seen as socially compulsory in Puerto Vallarta. The drivers that power the citys network of taxis are associated with a union that negotiates wages and fares that keep up with typical living expenses for a local resident. This is the reason these taxis use standard fares instead of relying on a meter, and so the base fare (which should always be confirmed before the ride begins) is usually sufficient compensation for the services rendered.
However, it is acceptable to leave a small tip worth approximately 20 percent, or two gratuity pesos for every 10 pesos of fare, if a driver provides services that go above and beyond his basic duties such as helping carry heavy packages to your door. Passengers who request that their drivers stop at an intermediate location before their final destination should also tip their drivers a modest amount, and it is common practice to ask if a driver would like a snack or beverage if the stop is a convenience store.
Servers at all inclusive resorts:All-inclusive resorts often employ roving servers who constantly deliver food and beverages to guests, and although these amenities and more are included in the price of accommodations, gratuity for the individual workers is not. For this reason, courteous travelers should be prepared to offer a few pesos for every round of service. This amount can depend on the quality and consistency of the services rendered, but it should be noted that a tip or two can have a surprising effect on the overall service experience.
|Baggage Handlers||10-20 Pesos per bag|
|Barbers/Stylists||15%+||Unless they are the shop owner.|
|Bar Tenders||15-20% Unless they are horrible|
|Cocktail Servers||15-20% Unless they are horrible|
|Delivery Services||20-50 Pesos|
|Fishing Guides||15%+||Tips should be handed to the Captain.|
|Gas Station Attendants||Unless they go above and beyond.|
|Grocery Baggers||5-20 Pesos||10 pesos if they take your cart to your car.|
|Housekeepers||20-50 Pesos depending on length of your stay and quality of service|
|Musicians||Most musicians work for tips only||Tip heavily if you request a song.|
|Spa Services||15%+||unless services are done by a doctor.|
|Street Food Vendors||Unless they go above and beyond.|
|Taxi Drivers||Unless they go above and beyond.|
|Tour Guides||50 Pesos|
|Valet Parking||5-10 Pesos|
PVT Tip: Foreign coins have no value in Mexico.
*Tipping and the rates associated with gratuities are at your discretion. This guide is not meant as a strict standard.