The Guide to Tipping at All-Inclusive Resorts & Hotels

A Simple Guide to Tipping at All-Inclusive Resorts

Some of the most common questions our travel agents hear are:

  • “Do I need to tip while on vacation at an all-inclusive resort?”’
  • “How much is an appropriate amount?”
  • “Which resort staff should I tip?”

While tipping is a discretionary and optional gesture, at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and others, it is certainly encouraged. Keep in mind that you don’t need to tip every time, and usually the people you’ll tip are those providing a personal service, like wait staff, bartenders, room attendants, tour guides, etc.

General tipping tips

For a one-week stay at an all-inclusive resort, a couple should budget to spend about $150 US (or the local currency equivalent) total in tips. This means that you should bring about $20 in small bills with you to spend on tips throughout the day.

  • Bag attendants and shuttle drivers: $1/bag or $1 for every few trips to and from the room
  • Housekeeping staff: $2/day (leave it on your pillow so they know it’s for them)
    • Hint: If you want extra beer or bottled water instead of pop in your mini fridge, leave $2-$5 with a note indicating your preference.
  • Room service: $5-$10 depending on the complexity of the order and time of day
  • Buffet meals: $1-$2/table
  • Buffet station chefs: $1
  • A la carte meals: $5/couple
  • Concierge: $5-$10 depending on your usage
  • Bartenders: $1-$2/group drink order
    • Hint: Keep using (and tipping) the same bartender throughout the week and you’ll get excellent service.
  • Tour guide: $5/couple
  • Bus driver: $1-$2/couple
  • Wedding coordinator: $20-$50
  • Wedding servers: $10-$30 for each server in private receptions

Hint: Enlist a groomsman or bridesmaid to handle dividing out the tips to servers throughout or at the end of the evening.