Know when to tip in Costa Rica with these guidelines.

Tip only for good service. Costa Rica doesn’t have a tipping culture, but positive reinforcement goes a long way. Taxi drivers aren’t tipped, but leave an extra 200–300 colones if they’ve helped you navigate a complicated set of directions. Restaurant bills include a 13% tax and 10% service charge—if the menu doesn’t indicate whether service is included, ask. An additional gratuity is not expected, especially in cheap restaurants. Leave a tip of about 200 colones per drink for bartenders. Give $10 (or 5,000 colones) per day per person to guides, and about 10% of the rental to a hired driver of a small car. Give less to guides or drivers on bigger tours. See our Costa Rica coverage.

Book a Hotel


BACK TO TOP