tipping in Costa Rica

In Spanish, the word “propina” means tip. Tipping is an important part of the culture in Costa Rica. It is usually expected in certain services, and always appreciated. But what is good tipping etiquette? How much big should a gratuity in Costa Rica be? This guide will explain everything you need to know.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica Tip $1 - $2 per day

It is important to leave a gratuity for staff at hotels in Costa Rica. Tip the bellhop at the hotel around $1 per bag. The maid should receive around $2 per day and it's a good idea to leave your largest tip on the first day to guarantee exceptional service. Most of all, be courteous to the hotel workers and let them know you appreciate their services.

tipping in restaurants in Costa Rica

At a restaurant Tip 10%-15% in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica some upscale restaurants will add a 10% service charge to the bill for the waiting staff. However, if the service was excellent, consider leaving more. A standard gratuity is 10-15%. In Costa Rica waiters will not bring your bill unless you request it. They do not want to “hurry” you, so realise that you need to ask for your bill when you are ready to go. Please don't confuse this with bad service.

tip etiquette at spas in Costa Rica

At a Spa Tip 15% in Costa Rica

The customary amount to tip in spas is 15% of the amount of the service provided. As you would anywhere else, make an appointment ahead of time for your spa services and then be on time. If you are going to be late or need to cancel, do so as soon as you know. Let the spa staff know of any medical issues you may have.

should you tip your tour guide?

For a Tour Tip $3-$10 per person, per day

If you take a tour in Costa Rica, you will be expected to tip your tour guide. Depending on the tour and the size of the group, you should leave a gratuity of around $3 to $10 per person a day. Also, don’t forget about the tour bus driver (if you have one). It's good tipping etiquette to tip him or her around $5 to $10 for an all day tour.

should you tip your taxi driver?

In Costa Rica Tip $1-5 Dollars

Generally, for short taxi rides in Costa Rica you should round the amount up to the next dollar and let the taxi driver keep the change rather than tipping. However, if you are travelling a longer distance or if the traffic is bad, you should probably leave him a little more. Around $1 to $5 dollars extra will suffice.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Costa Rica Tip 10-15% at Hairdressers

If you are getting your hair cut and styled in Costa Rica, you should tip your hairdresser 10-15% of the final bill. If you are very pleased with your hair, feel free to tip your hairdresser even more. If you are not pleased with your hair, feel free to voice your opinion, but still tip around 10% or slightly less.