Tipping and Gratuities on St. Kitts

When it comes to tipping great service on St. Kitts and Nevis, take a cue from the locals

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Hotel staff, restaurant servers, and taxi drivers are among the service workers you'll encounter on vacation. These people rely heavily on tips to make up a majority of their income, so it's important to make the effort to reward their service with an appropriate gratuity during your stay on St. Kitts and Nevis.

Tipping should make up a small, but necessary, part of your budget when visiting the St. Kitts and Nevis region. Most hotels and restaurants add an 8 percent and 7 percent government tax, respectively, to their bills. In addition, it is customary for hotels to add a 10 to 12 percent service charge and for restaurants to add a 10 to 15 percent service charge. Ask for a break down on the charges if you're not sure how to read your bill to avoid double tipping, but add extra if you receive exceptional service. And if a gratuity for service has not been included, leave 10 to 15 percent.

Those satisfied with the level of service by hotel staff, including housekeepers, may leave $3(USD) to $4(USD) per night. Porters and bellhops should receive $1(USD) per bag. Taxi drivers, who also double as tour guides, can be tipped 10 to 15 percent.

Many in the service industry rely on tips in order to make a living, so be sure to give generously when service merits it on St. Kitts and Nevis.


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