YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED: What is the norm for tipping in Nicaragua?
It’s very common for restaurants to add a 10% voluntary tip to your bill. This should not be confused with IVA, which is a 15% sales tax. Always review your bill to ensure you’re not double tipping.
FOR OTHER SERVICES
Baggage handlers at the airport also expect tips. $1 – $2 USD is enough for a bag or two, but if you have a cartful of bags you should give a bit more.
Tipping is also customary for other service providers like hairdressers, estheticians and massage therapists. The amount you wish to give is up to you, but a 10% minimum is common.
Some people give small tips to parking lot attendants. Depending on how long you’ve been in the store or restaurant between 10 and 50 córdobas (35 cents to $1.75 USD) is acceptable.
A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY
Salaries in Nicaragua are minimal. Many employees in the service industry rely on tips to feed their families. When in question about whether you want to give that extra dollar or two keep in mind that a little generosity goes a long way!