How to Tip in Costa Rica


Tipping and Gratuities in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has a very different approach to tipping than the USA. While there are no hard and fast rules about gratuities in Costa Rica, some general customs should be observed.

Tipping in Costa Rica Restaurants

Like in the United States, restaurants are the most likely place where you could be left scratching your head over the tip. Unlike the USA, all Costa Rican restaurants automatically add a 10% gratuity to your bill before it's given to you, in addition to the 13% tax. In Costa Rican eateries, tipping is optional. However, offering an additional sum is polite if you feel your server exceeded expectations or went the extra mile with your meal.
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