Tipping standards across Aruba are probably not far from what you're used to. Follow these guidelines for tipping on this Caribbean island:
Dining establishments in Aruba typically incorporate a 10 percent to 15 percent service charge to the final bill. This fee is then split between your waitperson and other restaurant staff. It is customary, however, to leave an additional tip at your discretion if service was satisfactory. If the dining experience was not as enjoyable and extra tipping is not in the itinerary, double-check the final bill to avoid spending excess. If you are unsure that the restaurant included a gratuities charge, ask your server to go over the bill with you.
As in many islands, taxis are not metered in Aruba. They are operated on fixed government rates. The cabs display a rate chart inside the vehicle. Prior to embarking on the journey, it is recommended that you and the driver agree on a fee for your travel. A taxi dispatch facility is located at the airport for travelers just arriving in Aruba. The dispatch office can be contacted at 297-582-2116. Visitors may choose to summon taxis on the street, but make sure the cab's license plate reads "TX." Tipping for a taxi driver normally can range between 10 percent and 15 percent of the final fare, but that is not always expected. On Sundays and holidays, $1(USD) to $3(USD) is expected as a tip no matter what 10 percent to 15 percent of the final fare is, and on trips taken after midnight, give the driver at least $1(USD).
An automatic 15 percent to 20 percent service charge to cover beverage, food and room costs is usually part of your bill. In addition to covering the previous costs, a "service" charge is added to the final bill in most hotels. There also may be an energy surcharge that comes with some hotels. Consult your hotel at the time of check-in to determine if this charge is part of their policy. Otherwise, you may end up paying more than you anticipated. Bellmen, chambermaids and porters expect $2(USD) per bag and generally receive $2(USD) a day. If you receive a spa treatment, you may wish to tip for this as well.
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