Leaving a tip usually reflects the quality of service you received while visiting a particular establishment. On most Caribbean islands, gratuities have become a tradition and are expected.
Anguilla is a little different than the majority of these islands in that tipping is not required though the income of many of Anguilla's local people is supplemented by the generosity of others.
While staying at one of Anguilla's hotels or resorts, vacationers should expect to pay an 8 percent government tax as well as a 10 percent service charge, which is usually added to the final bill. The 10 percent service charge may or may not include all of the hotel's employees. If you're uncertain about whether or not you should leave a tip for the bellhop or chambermaid, ask hotel management if gratuities are appropriate, or just give as you feel necessary, especially if someone has performed outstanding services during your stay.
Like hotels, restaurants also include a 10 percent service charge on your final bill. Again, it may be unclear whether all of the restaurant employees receive a portion of this charge, so additional tipping is left up to your discretion. The standard tip for waiters and waitresses is about 15 to 20 percent of the cost of the meal, depending on the quality of the service you received.
Another service you may call upon while vacationing on Anguilla is a taxi cab. Cab fares are generally reasonable, and for the most part follow set rates. You driver may also act as your island tour guide and be of great assistance in loading and unloading heavy luggage. Tipping cab drivers is very common, and the standard amount is usually around 10 percent of the total cab fare.
When planning your vacation, travelers should consider gratuity and tipping as a part of their travel budgets. You're not just giving someone a handout; you're providing a supplement to their income and reward for a service well done. So, while enjoying an amazing escape on the island of Anguilla, remember that good service merits a good tip.
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