This tipping guide is valid for all areas in and around Banderas Bay. Employees working in resort towns like Puerto Vallarta literally live on their tips. The minimum wage in Mexico is about $62 pesos per day. That’s equivalent to just over $5 USD per day. Yes. Not $5 per hour, but $5 per day. Workers in Puerto Vallarta are very aware of proper tipping procedures, and they deserve as well as expect to be tipped fairly for the services they provide. These wonderful people work hard to support themselves and their families. With a wide variety of tipping situations encountered during your vacation, how do you know what amount is appropriate for each occasion? Our convenient Puerto Vallarta Tipping Guide will eliminate the uncertainty and help you tip with confidence!
When my husband and I were in our late teens and attending college we both worked at Mexican restaurants waiting tables. Each shift we split our tips with the bus boys, cooks, bartenders, as well as the hostesses who greeted and seated customers. So what we were left with at the end of the night was not a whole lot. The same practice occurs in Puerto Vallarta. The waiters split their tips with the rest of the staff. As a preface to our tipping guide, here are some important things to remember:
Note to readers: This information was updated October 2015 to reflect the dramatic changes in currency exchange rates we’ve experienced over the last few months, as the dollar gets stronger while the Mexican peso weakens. Please keep in mind that a weak peso means a good bargain for tourists, but it also means higher inflation and higher cost of living for the locals, so please adjust your tips accordingly. For example, most toilet paper used in Mexico is actually made in North Carolina, so the devaluation of the peso has resulted in a more than 40% increase in price.
In past years our family has spent numerous vacations at all-inclusive resorts. Although brochures for these resorts will state that tips are included, it’s important to know that the resorts do not put aside a portion of your room fees for tipping their staff. So not only is it general practice to tip appropriately during your stay, it is also highly recommended that guests at all-inclusive resorts do in fact tip. These resort employees work hard to earn a living, and the small amount you’ll be tipping them is nothing that’s going to break the bank! You’re on vacation in paradise. Be generous. Here is our Puerto Vallarta Tipping Guide for all-inclusive resorts.
No tipping guide would be complete without a word about interacting graciously with beach vendors. First and foremost, be considerate when bargaining with beach vendors. Their job is incredibly hard. Can you imagine walking the entire length of the beach back and forth several times in the burning hot sun carrying a whole load of stuff heaped onto your back and/or in your arms every single day? I know I wouldn’t last 20 minutes doing that! So please consider this when you are bargaining for your goods. Be polite if you don’t wish to purchase anything. A simple “no gracias” is far better than ignoring them altogether. And when you are interesting in negotiating for one or more of their items always strive to be fair. My own personal guideline is the amount I would be willing to pay for the item were I purchasing it in the USA. If I can get it for a little bit cheaper, then wow that’s a real bargain! I’m on vacation and life is good.
If there are other tipping situations you would like us to cover in our Puerto Vallarta Tipping Guide, just comment below and let us know!