Tipping in Belize
Don’t want to insult anyone and budget for tips in your trip to Belize?
Tipping was first created in English Tea Houses "to insure prompt service" and is a form of gratuity. In the Hotel Industry it is “extra payment left by guests for sheer satisfaction of the services rendered to them by staff”.
While budgeting for tips in their travel expenses, some people become frustrated. This is because tipping in some countries can be very confusing if you don't learn what's customary first. Typically, there are countries such as Japan, whereby tipping can be perceived as an insult due to their culture while in some counties, like in Vietnam, you could even end up breaking the law since tipping is deemed illegal. While on the other hand, if you travel to Egypt everyone dealing with or helping tourists will expect a small tip.
Rest assured in sweet Belize... tipping is a breeze!
Tipping in Belize is welcomed and appreciated, however it is not mandatory nor is it always expected. Furthermore, in Belize there is no tip too little or too big. Generally, however you would tip in the USA will work in Belize especially since the US note is accepted country wide.
Although there are a couple upscale jungle lodges that are All-Inclusive and they don't allow tipping since it's all covered in the package, most Hotels & Restaurants do not reject tips to staff. In most Hotel Restaurants, service charges are generally inclusive within the meal cost while in most local restaurants there aren’t any additional fees included in the meal cost. Either way, the tip amount is at the discretion of the paying customer. Therefore, even if there is a service charge inclusive with your meal, you can still decide to tip a little extra.
Belizean Dreams Resort includes 8.5% service charge in the cost for tours, meals and accommodations. This amount is distributed equally to all staff since the entire team, from our Reservations Officers to Our Grounds men, is responsible for our guest’s enjoyment. With us we strive in “team work makes the dream work” and therefore our Guests are usually asked to provide additional tips, if they choose to, through the Managers or Front Desk with instructions to distribute to all staff. Our accountant will distribute into all bank accounts of all staff for transparency and to continue foster team work at Belizean Dreams. The amount usually varies at the discretion of our guests and is mostly based on their experience and means.
Hope this helps you with Tipping in Belize!