How Then Shall We Tip on St. Lucia?

Adherence to local tipping customs can help visitors show their appreciation for good service

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In St. Lucia, unlike many Caribbean islands, the custom of tipping is left to each traveler's discretion.

The local standard for gratuities is around 10 percent of your total bill for restaurant wait staff and taxi drivers. Of course, visitors should feel free to give more if they feel that the service was exemplary. Remember, this is your chance to leave your server feedback.

Bellhops, room service, and maids should be given at least $1(USD), although tipping may be prohibited in all-inclusive resorts and some larger hotels. If these establishments assess a service charge on the final bill (usually around 10 percent), you are generally not expected to tip anything else.


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