Tipping guidelines for the USA
Recommended tipping for The United States
Taxis and Hotel Shuttles - For taxi drivers, you should tip 15% of the cost of the trip at minimum. If you use a courtesy hotel or resort shuttle, $1-$2 per bag is appropriate or $5 if you have oly carry-on luggage.
Bellmen - If you utilize a bellman you should tip at least $2 per bag.
Front Desk - No tip is required for the staff member who checks you in.
Concierge - Generally no tip is required, but if a special service or special reservation is secured, a tip is always welcome.
Hotel Housekeeping Staff - Generally tip $2 per day and more if housekeeping does a really excellent job.
Room Service - Read your room service menu carefully. Most resorts build in a 15-20% tip in the bill. If not, then add the appropriate tip.
At a Restaurant or Bar - If you are dining at a sit down restaurant or drinking at a bar, a tip of 15-20% is approriate.
If you are eating at a lunch stand, shrimp truck or any similar take-out location, they will generally have a tip jar where a couple of dollars per person is appropriate. There is no need to tip at one of the nationally owned take-out restaurants, i.e. McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC etc.
Tours - Here are some general guidelines:
1-2 Hour Guided Group Tours - A tip of $5 per person minimum is generally appropriate
2-4 Hour Group Tours - A tip of $10 per person minimum is generally appropriate.
4 Hour to Full Day Group Tours - A tip of $20 per person minimum is generally appropriate.
Helicopter Tours - A tip of $10 per person to the pilot for a one hour flight is generally appropriate. If the pilot is very friendly and especially knowledgeable, I generally tip $20.
Boat/Sailing/Catamaran Tours - Most sailings last 3-4 hours, less for a sunset sail. I generally hand $10 to one of the crew upon departure, more for longer sailings or if the crew has been especially helpful.
Customized/individual Tours - You will need to decide what you feel is appropriate based on the services rendered. Here the 15-20% rule is generally applicable.