Cuban tour guides and tour chauffeurs depend on tips and share them with their coworkers and family. They also contribute a percentage of tips to the national health and education systems. Treat tipping in Cuba as you do at home – be kind to those who assist.

Tipping practices in Cuba are similar to those in the United States. US dollars are welcomed, needed, and preferred. Tips in Cuban pesos are fine too! Learn more about how money works in Cuba.

  • Restaurant staff 1.00 USD or 10% per meal per person.
  • Hotel porters 1.00 USD per person or more if you have lots of luggage.
  • Chambermaids 1.50 USD per day per person.
  • Museum guides and special guides 1.00 per person.
  • Musicians at restaurants 1.00 USD per person.

Cubans in the service industry need money they can spend on the things they really need. They already get a lot of leftover toothpaste, toiletries and other stuff.

However, if you make a special friend, then a nice gift is always appropriate, together with personal things you don’t need to take home. Learn more about donations and special gifts for your new Cuban friends.