Tipping procedures in Antigua do not differ much from other Caribbean islands, and learning general tipping guidelines in advance will spare you confusion when it comes time to pay the bill.
In addition to government tax charges, many restaurants and hotels add service charges to their bills. Service charges in both hotels and restaurants, if they are added, will usually be 10 percent. To avoid surprises with the bill, travelers should find out in advance if any charges are automatic, especially at hotels. At restaurants, diners should leave an extra 5 percent of the original charge if the service was good. As always, wait staff who perform exceptionally should be given more. Informative, friendly, and attentive service should be rewarded in the tip.
Porters and bellhops should be given $1(USD) per bag, and while maids are not always tipped in Antigua, the custom for the Caribbean is a few dollars per night. Many all-inclusives prohibit tips to their staff, so consult travel agents or hotel officials for specific policies at your resort or hotel.
Taxi drivers expect a 10 to 15 percent tip on the fixed rate fares and small tips for handling bags. Remember to reserve a 10 to 15 percent tip for the crew of a chartered crewboat, as 30 to 50 percent of their income is taken from their tips.
Tipping not only demonstrates knowledge of local customs, but it also provides a means of survival for many workers. Be sure to follow local tipping customs in Antigua to ensure continued friendly and helpful service.
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