Tipping in Nicaragua is pretty common and to be expected in most places. You should know that Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in the world, however it is home to some of the friendliest people as well. Nicaragua is generally safe but common sense and care should be taken, just as you normally would when traveling!
Nicaragua is most famous for its hiking and outdoor lifestyle. If you do get a chance to go to Nicaragua use our tipping guide to figure out when you should tip on your vacation in Nicaragua!
Taxis: Tipping taxi drivers in Nicaragua is not expected, you’ll likely be paying more then the locals as it is.
Hotels: Tipping in hotels is common and is expected. You should tip the bellboy 25 NIO per bag and the housekeeper 25 NIO per day.
Restaurants: In the nicer restaurants a service charge may be included in the bill, in most other restaurants you should expect to tip 10%. This usually only applies to tourist cities, in remote towns a tip isn’t expected.
Bars: Tipping bartenders in Nicaragua isn’t expected. If you feel service was exceptional a small tip is welcome.
Other: Tipping a guide will be somewhat expected depending on the length of the tour and quality. You should aim to tip the guide 5-10% and the driver about half that. Sometimes the driver will have a tip box already set up near his seat.