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Do we need pesos?

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Do we need pesos?

When at a resort hotel in Cancun:

1. Are there ATMs?

2. Is tipping ok in dollars or are pesos better?

3. Do we need pesos at all?

Dallas, Texas
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1. Re: Do we need pesos?

I read an article that said you have to have pecos, that they can't accept USD anymore. But I emailed our resort (Sun Palace) and the front desk manager said USD is accepted all over Cancun!

I am pretty sure there are ATMs pretty much at all hotels, or shopping centers, or the airport.

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2. Re: Do we need pesos?

We usually take pesos and american never had a problem its up to you i guess. Pesos would make it easier for you to pay them so you dont have to convert and all that.

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3. Re: Do we need pesos?

American dollars are still widely accepted in tourist areas of the Yucatan.

However, if you pay for things with dollars, it will usually cost you quite a bit more. You'll often get a really bad conversion rate. As in 10:1, rather than the close to 13:1 it is now. To my mind, well worth using pesos.

Besides, the Mexican government is trying to limit the use of US dollars. There are limits that can now be spent, won't effect the average tourist though. It's all related to the laundering of drug money. Seems everyone should do their part, no matter if it's as simple as using pesos, to help put a stop to the drug trade.

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4. Re: Do we need pesos?

No one will turn down dollars for tips, for example. But, remember that many of the people you are tipping work extremely long days and will need to exchange those dollars for pesos. They don't shop or live in the tourist areas where dollars are accepted. They will probably need to go to the bank to exhange them, if they have time off when a bank is open. They will lose money on the exchange rate. Etc. So while no tip is unappreciated, tipping in pesos will be more helpful.

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5. Re: Do we need pesos?

Thats a very good poing Peter826

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6. Re: Do we need pesos?

Is it generally easy to get tipping bills (low denomination) changed at the hotels?

.One of the reasons we often end up tipping in American - is that it is easy for us to build a supply of $1 American bills for tipping before a trip. If we take larger denomination Mexican pesos - can they be changed easily when there? (We are staying at the Royal in Cancun)

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7. Re: Do we need pesos?

On my most recent trips I stopped taking a lot of USD and just got peso's from an ATM. Be sure to notify your bank beforehand that you will be using your card in Mexico.

Supposedly, tips go into the tip pool and are distributed later on a paycheck, but just like in the US, you can be sure that not all tips make it to the pool.

I asked a waiter once about whether to tip in USD or pesos and he said pesos are appreciated because they can use them to pay utility bills where USD is no longer accepted.

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What is an appropriate amount to tip in pesos or USD?

I'm thinking 20 pesos ($2) a day for the housekeepers will get me good service. And 50 pesos ($5) a day at the pool/beach for bartender/waiter.

Does this sound about right? I'll be staying at the Fiesta Americana Condesa.

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9. Re: Do we need pesos?

Exchange your money. Its not hard, talk to your bank (I used wells fargo $7.00 chrg) they will order Peso's for you, if like me you dont want to use a bank card in Mexico.

I would not want exchange Peso's for American dollars, so I give them the same respect.

These people work hard for their money.

$5.00 per day for our room (around 70 pesos), unless they do something out of the ordinary, then its more like $10.

At least $1.00 (20 pesos) per drink. If you can afford to vacation count your blessings and share your pocket change.


4 days and counting!!!

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10. Re: Do we need pesos?

Do not exchange money in cleveland, we got such a bad exchange rate it was like 9 to 1 and you do way better in cancun. Most waiters told us they like dollars better because they got a better exchange also. I know some people don't tip. We like to tip because they work so hard. $5 a day for the waiters by the pool is not very much, they work hard unless you are not big drinkers. I would say $1 every other round or two. 50 peso's is not $5 either with the exchange rate it is like $3.90