Category Archives: People & Culture
For the past 25 years Alfredo has been delivering fresh milk to residents of San Juan del Sur via horse cart. Videographer Kathleen Brugger recently had the privilege of riding with him for a day and as a result produced this fabulous video that we are excited to share with you.
Gordon and I pass Alfredo on the street on an almost daily basis. His warm hearted wave and big grin always brings a smile to my face.
In addition to milk delivery Alfredo’s also famous in San Juan for his role as “lead cart driver” for our Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ox Cart Pub Crawl. Last year I had the honor of riding with and getting to know him.
Interactions with individuals like Alfredo are one of the many reasons we are glad to call San Juan del Sur home!
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!