Know when to tip in Costa Rica with these guidelines.

Posted by Fodor's Editors on April 10, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment
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.

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