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how much to tip?

How much is a standard tip in Jamaica.. Taxi, dinner, hotel staff, etc

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In all honesty, there is a standard tip that's set in Jamaica. As a matter of fact, most resorts, especially the all-inclusive hotels, don't allow guests to tip staff members. Employees can get fired if they are caught receiving tips. That's usually only in the resort areas though. In Kingston, feel free to just add a little extra to your payments. There isn't much need to tip taxi drivers but you can if you want. Restaurants and some hotels may require at least a 10% extra but it's not standard. You may also tip waiters, servers and bartenders as much as you want but like I said, this only applies to the places that are not all-inclusive. Hope I've answered your question.
In all honesty, there's NOT a standard tip that's set in Jamaica. As a matter of fact, most resorts, especially the all-inclusive hotels, don't allow guests to tip staff members. Employees can get fired if they are caught receiving tips. That's usually only in the resort areas though. In Kingston, feel free to just add a little extra to your payments. There isn't much need to tip taxi drivers but you can if you want. Restaurants and some hotels may require at least a 10% extra but it's not standard. You may also tip waiters, servers and bartenders as much as you want but like I said, this only applies to the places that are not all-inclusive. Hope I've answered your question.
Most restaurants charge a 10% gratuity and any further tips are left up to your own discretion.
In general, most persons will expect tips within the range of JA$100-500, whereas if you choose to tip in USD, US$5-10 would be deemed more reasonable. Most persons will prefer to be tipped in USD, however, as it holds greater value on conversion, though this will come at a greater cost to you.
there no specified standard tip in Jamaica.its up to the tippers to use there discretion or what they can afford to tip.
In Jamaica, there is no set standard for tipping. It is not a regular practice for most locals to tip, but visitors normally tip as is their culture and therefore will be expected to do so. The standard 10% tip should be OK. Any amount that you feel comfortable giving should be fine. Be aware of the value of the Jamaican dollar in relation to the currency of your country, US, Canadian dollars or Pounds will be appreciated more that local currency in most instances.
Thanks for asking me a question. In Jamaica, tipping is an option and there is no standard amount that applies to any of the services mentioned. Also, in the hotel, and restaurants; there is already a 10% service charge that is applied to the meal cost and this is considered as the tip for the workers. The same applies for the taxi drivers; there is no standard tip, it is up to you the individual; to decide if you want to give the drivers a bit more that they charge you. I must add that this tipping does not apply to all-inclusive hotels as most if not all of them have a no tipping policy.
Tipping is at your discretion but usually it is ten percent of the whole bill if the service is good you may want to give more, and if it is poor it will be less.
tips are not premitted in some hotels, pparticularly the all-inclusive type- look out for the signs. However, you can tip decretionary and discretly- though it may not be permitted the server usually gladly accept- customarily a 15% gratuity is acceptable.
Here is a bit of clarity.

If an organization takes a percentage of your bill (usually 10%) for gratuity, it is usually paid not to the person who served you but divided to the team of employees of that department.

If you want to show gratitude to an individual, it would be kind if you gave it to the person directly. Please ASK before giving as some businesses do not allow directing tipping of employees.

(*a quick note: The reason most companies does allow direct tipping is - believe it or not - it should be taxed).

Any other questions feel free to ask.
Its your choice.. while tips are greatly appreciated and encourages labour, its you choice.. for instance, if you think that you will need extra help or advise, it would be nice of you to tip mabye a us$5 or 400-500 jamaican dollars.. that would cover all the help you need as i normally find that people are more friendly and willing to help you out with whatever you need when you tip them.. but its not standard, its your choice...
The first thing you must understand is that Jamaica is not much of a tipping country. 1. DO NOT TIP taxis; when dealing taxis, ALWAYS negotiate a price with them, make sure it sounds reasonable too. 2. Not all services at hotels require tipping so don't go giving your money to the person at the front desk for instance. 3. If you're going to dinner and are tipping in local currency, then something around maybe $100-$200 isn't bad, for a moderately priced meal. If your gonna buy a $5000 plate dinner then don't get cheap on 'em. Understand? Be reasonable. If you're gonna tip in US currency for instance, then a $3 give what you would normally give back home, like a $3 dollar tip isn't bad for a moderately priced meal. Other services not to tip in Jamaica are hairdressers (unless you're feeling kind and they did a really good job). At the airport tip only the porters. Make sure they have a red cap (we call em' Red Cap Porters here). They are designated for that purpose. Tipping for them is usually $1 dollar US per bag. I guess you can throw in an extra dollar or two based on the number you have and how heavy they are (remember they have to lift, and times are getting harder).

It's important to remember that people will always try to swindle a couple extra bucks from you just because you are a visitor. If you have friends/family out here, travel with them and let them do the talking. LOL I met a few tourists who were charged almost twice as much for a service just because of their accent, how they dressed and all. I guess if you look like you got it going on; people will assume you can afford more than you actually can. Try to save your money as much as possible and spend it on other things, like excursions, sightseeing, and trying to see the country. You can't live life and have a true vacation if you waste all your money on rubbish. My advice to you...always ask questions. Seek out a passer-by's advice or suggestion rather than asking the service provider themselves, remember their aim is money and profit; so ask someone on the street anything you wanna know before you ask service providers.

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OK well I asked...and $100 or $200 tip for dinner isn't that bad. I guess when it comes to that you should just give what you can afford. Remember that currently (Feb 14) A $300 tip is around $3US. In the states that's not bad so I guess that can work too. Maybe you should ask someone who works @ a hotel - just not a waiter! LOL
Honestly i could not give a direct answer about how much to tip, all i can say is use your discretion. But remember that "encouragement sweetens the labour"
I'm inclined to agree with Lesley. By my family's standards, I usually give an extra 10% on the overall bill *directly* to the server in a restaurant. If it's excellent/for a big group of us, we usually pile extra. If the service it terrible... Well.. You get the idea.
In a nutshell, 10% varying according to degree of service quality.
Gratuities are usually included in the prices quoted to you, if not approximately 10-20% of the cost would be reasonable based on the service and your discretion as well. With regards to hotels, it is always wise to consult the front desk upon check-in to find out about their tipping policy. Most if not all all-inclusive hotels strictly prohibit tipping. For the others where it is permitted, you can present about US$1 or US$2 to the bell man per bag, and US$1 or US$2 to house keepers per day. This is all dependent on you prefernces ofcourse so if you believe you received superior service which was above and beyond what you expected and ever experienced, you can tip as you feel comfortable. With regard to taxis, 10-15% tips are customary.
Tip is better if it is in proportion to the service received, I find it feels better that way. when you go by a legislated figure it takes away from the kind gesture.
Be kind and nice
cheers!
There are no fixed rate when it comes on to tipping. You tip according to the service you recieve but most people tip at least 20% for their bill. If staying at all-inclusive resorts, most have a no tipping policies and employee caught accepting tips without turning it to the office will lose their jobs. Therefore, you can find out the hotel's policy before or upon arrival. However, feel free to tip as generous as possible or leave 20% of your bill behind. And a simple thank you is good enough most of the times.
no real standard but to tip what you can. try to give direct to the person when possible or some manager will take most of it if they have to share tips.
Tips what you can
Tipping is a freewill thing as you please

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