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Okay, help a novice out.... I know that it is customary to tip your shore excursion guide but how much is expected per person? I know, I know....it depends upon how long, where, what kind of service BUT just generally speaking, how much would one tip let's say on a tour to Stingray City or Dunns Falls? Do you tip the hired tour operator and then the actual guide that helps you climb???? Do the taxi drivers expect a tip every time you get in their cab? I am posting this on several boards because I would appreciate as much feedback as people are willing to give....(P.S. I also heard that you should tip whoever handles your lugguage. THAT could get pricey! (If you consider how many people handles them from the airport on.....)
Taxi drivers generally expect a tip unless you work out a price before getting in the taxi and say that it includes a tip. As for tour guides - we generally tip $5.00 to the guide and $2.00 to driver if we are on tour bus. At Dunn's Falls, the person who guided you up the falls will gladly take a tip - I think most people give him a couple of dollars. I know it seems like every time you turn around you are tipping someone, but remember a lot of the people in the tourist locations depend on tips for their income - they are generally not paid well if at all.
In Jamaica we tipped the guide for the falls $10. We were 3 in our family and went with several other families. We tipped the guide in the garden $5, and tipped Mickey from A to Z Jamaica planners very well, since he was with us all day.
The tipping did annoy me though. Have a price and be done with it.
We did not tip taxi drivers (in the other ports) as a rule, perhaps if the fare was low and he drove well, we gave a little, one or two dollars, but the fare in Grand Cayman was $4pp for 2 miles or so, and they crammed gazillion people into the car, no tip was necessary I thought. It worked as a bus. I don't tip busdrivers here in the states if I happen to go on a bus to the airport etc.