Money and Tips
Will I have any problem exchanging my dollars or paying with them?
No, you will have no problems in exchanging your US and Canadian
dollars or euros in Manzanillo. However, take into
account that the exchange rates are free and may vary a few points
from one day to another.
It is not recommendable to exchange dollars or euros in the black market; although the rates are higher that those at the established exchange offices, you take the risk of getting counterfeits.
On the other hand, most of the commercial establishments have no inconvenient in taking dollars, US and Canadian, and euros as a means of payment. However, it is always advisable to carry some cash in local currency.
Also take into consideration that banks work Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 hours till 15:00 hours, but they only exchange money until 13:00 hours. The exchange offices offer more working hours and a fast and efficient service.
Will my credit cards be taken?
Yes, they will be accepted with no problem in almost every shopping
mall and tourist establishment in Manzanillo, such
as travel agencies, hotels and restaurants. The most accepted credit
cards are Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.
However, it is wise to ask before consuming, and it is also recommendable to carry with you local currency for minor expenses.
Is it recommendable to carry traveller checks?
Yes, because it is a practical, safe and easy way of getting cash. They can be cashed in at any bank with no problem at all.
It is recommendable to have the checks issued by well-known and prestigious financial institutions and preferable for large amounts of money.
How much should I tip?
It is not an obligation, but it is usual to leave between 10 and 15 percent of the total bill, without considering the Tax to the Aggregated Value (IVA), in restaurants, bars, discotheques and nightclubs.
Regarding luggage haulers, bellboys and parking valets, it is customary to tip them with two dollars for their services. Tourist guides get the tip you regard appropriate depending on the quality of their services.