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Tipping In Cuba

March 24, 2020

Cubans work very hard to make travelers happy and ensure that their time on the island is a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Cubans spend time preparing meals, keeping accommodations clean and getting travelers from one destination to another safely and in a timely manner. A great way to show appreciation on the island is through tipping.

Although we encourage travelers to use their own discernment in rewarding service excellence, please use the following recommendations to guide you on proper tipping etiquette in Cuba.

Tipping In Cuba
Cuba Candela drivers get clients where they need to go safely and in a timely manner.
Tipping Hotel Staff in Cuba

We recommend tipping 1-2 CUP (Cuban Pesos) for hotel staff who carry your bags to your room and 1-2 CUP per day for cleaning crews who provide exceptional service. The same is true at casa particulares (private homes).

How Much to Tip at Restaurants in Cuba

Cubans have mastered the art of creating flavorful meals from simple and fresh ingredients. When dining out in Cuba, make sure to show your appreciation for the chef and waiters by tipping 10% of the bill. Note that some restaurants will automatically include a service charge of 10%, and in this case, it would not be necessary to tip an additional 10%.

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CUBA CANDELA offers a cooking class where travelers learn from seasoned chefs and cook tradition Cuban cuisine.
Tipping Bus Drivers in Cuba

Professional bus drivers have your safety as their primary concern. Gazing out the windows, you can take in the marvelous sights of Cuba knowing you are well taken care of. We recommend tipping your bus driver 5-7 CUP per person per day.

Tipping Private Taxi Drivers in Cuba

Guests are welcome to tip private taxi drivers on a discretionary basis. However, a tip is not expected.

Recommendations for Tipping Tour Guides in Cuba

Bilingual Cuban tour guides show clients the best of Cuba, taking travelers off the beaten path and providing authentic experiences. Guests often find themselves developing meaningful relationships with their local hosts. Tipping is a great way to show your appreciation for outstanding service. We recommend a 5-10 CUP tip per person per day.

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Tipping Other Local Individuals in Cuba

Throughout your stay, you will encounter numerous experience providers at salsa lessons, rum tastings, cooking classes and more. Although it is not necessary to tip each of these individuals, you are welcome to show your appreciation of their service through tipping on a discretionary basis.

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