After a 5 year hiatus we will finally be heading back to the beautiful island of Cuba.
On our last trip, we tipped about as followed:
Maids: 1-2 CUC + occasional small gift
Breakfast: 1-2 CUC
Lunch: 1-2 CUC
Drinks/Bars: 1 CUC every couple of drinks.
Bellboy: 1-2 CUC
We also would bring various small “gifts” (crayons/small toys for children, nail polish/other make-up, pantyhose, sunglasses, etc…) to hand out to the maids, gardeners or other employees at the resort. We would also tip 1CUC for beach service or other instances of personalized service.
So my question is, is this still appropriate?
Would Cubans prefer $ or gifts?
Are these “gifts” overdone? Insulting? Other suggestions for gifts?
What would be considered an appropriate amount of $ to tip per meal, the maid,etc, in 2013?