Restaurant and hotel employees are not well paid. You may not have a ready solution for the country’s poverty, but the least you can do is to tip the ones working for you. The guideline is (provided you are satisfied with the service) about € 1 tip per room per day for hotel employees. The same amount goes for the bus drivers, hired by Shoestring, per person per day. A tip box is useful in this case, for which the passengers will take turns in administering, in consultation with the travel guide. Moreover, while the group is on the road, snacks can be purchased from this money. You do not need to tip taxi drivers. In general, the fare tourists are charged exceeds by far the amount locals pay. The travel guide also expects a tip by the end of the trip; provided she/he has done her/his job well. Our guideline is € 1 per passenger per day.
The taxes you will encounter are:
Sales tax ( impuestos de ventas ) This is a 13% tax added to sales of goods.
Service tax. This is a 10% tax applicable only to restaurant bills. It corresponds to the tip to the waiter or waitress and is already added to the total. If not, this will be specified on the menu.
Approximate prices for moderate meals, dinner / lunch at hotels and restaurants in Costa Rica are mostly around $ 10.00 per person. At lodges mostly a little bit higher. Taxes are not included and consist of 23%;
- Service tax. This is a 10% tax applicable only to restaurant bills. It corresponds to the tip to the waiter or waitress.
- Sales tax. This is a 13% tax added to sales or goods.
Restaurant bills will add a 13% sales tax and a 10% service tax; total tax to be added will be 23% to the price listed on the menu.