Costa Rica Tipping

Some advice on Costa Rica Tipping

 

Tipping is entirely up to you. Level of service, whether or not you feel comfortable giving tips, and your budget are all important factors. If you don’t believe in tipping, don’t feel obligated. Nobody should expect a tip.

Restaurants are required by law to add tax and a 10% tip to the bill. As a general rule, Costa Ricans do not tip.

Taxi cab drivers are not usually tipped unless extra service is provided.

Bellboys are often tipped a minimum of 1,00 US$ up to 1,50 US$ per bag, at check-in and check-out. Remember that the people that carry luggage at out-of-town places are bellboys too, even if they are not sporting the normal bellboy attire.

Chamber maids are so often overlooked. They are among the most important people to tip. You may want to consider 0,50 US$ – 1,00 US$ per night.

Guides

  • For transfer guides, service guides, Corcovado guides, Tortuguero guides & Monteverde guides, the average tip is 3,00 US$ per person per day. This tends to go up if the group size is less then 4 persons.
  • Naturalist guides average tip is 10,00 US$ per person per day. This tends to go up if the group size is less than 10 persons.
  • River guides average tip is 5,00 US$ per person per day. This tends to go up if there are less than 4 persons in the raft.

Drivers are often overlooked. Kaye’s tip: your life is in his/her hands. If you tip anyone, tip the driver. Average tip: 5,00 US$ per person per day. This tends to go up if the group size is less than 4 persons.

The word for tip in Spanish is “propina”. It comes from the Latin word “propinare” which means “to give something”.