Isla Etiquette

Been to Isla plenty of times but still have a question about some random situation you sometimes find yourself in? Or are you a first timer and have lots of questions about how things are on Isla? Bring them to us! We’d love to write a post answering your questions because chances are you aren’t the only one who’s wondering what the answer is.

Today we’ll talk about tipping. The first time this question was presented, we were a bit shocked because we always assumed that people knew to tip like they would tip in the U.S. But we’ve actually come across a number of people who were unsure what the appropriate amount to tip would be.

It’s a touchy subject to begin with, so we’ll try to go about things delicately. Most people would agree that there are 3 main percentages that people tip in the U.S.

10%- things weren’t so great but it was ok

15%- things were good

20%- everything was awesome

We took a poll at the office here and the majority of us were 20% tippers all the time unless something went horribly wrong. We are probably 20%ers because most of us have worked in the service industry and we know how important tips are 😉

When someone asks us what the appropriate amount to tip is, we usually say 20% without hesitation, only because tips are so important to many of the people on the island. Think of the maleteros (we all know and love Fidel) who work only on tips, no salary, just tips! Many waiters salaries are 50 pesos per day, which barely covers their taxi to and from work, and maybe a coke during the day. So they too are dependent on your tips. They work hard all day long in the heat to make sure that people are happy with their food and drinks and are having a good time. We feel like the least people can do is tip appropriately.

Some people aren’t 20% tippers though, or maybe the service was a little off. There’s nothing wrong with tipping less if 20% wasn’t merited.

But tip etiquette is the same on Isla as it would be in the U.S. and since you’re on vacation and you’re feeling good, and the islanders are working hard to make sure you’re having a good time, it might not hurt to tip an extra dollar here or there 😉

What do you think? Agree, disagree, have no opinion at all but just want to leave a random message? That’s all fine! Leave us a comment and tell us your thoughts 🙂

Got any Isla etiquette questions, leave a comment!


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2 Responses to Isla Etiquette

  1. Vickie White says:

    I agree totally. I always tip well. The islanders do a great job of making our vacations memorable. And many of those waiters will certainly remember you and try to treat you better the next time you visit them.

  2. Katie says:

    I totally agree!

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