US Dollar ($)
Budget: Less than $100
- Dorm bed: $30–55
- Campsite: $15–30
- Room in a budget motel: $60–80
- Lunch from a cafe or food truck: $8–15
- Travel on public transit: $0–5
- Room in a midrange hotel: $80–200
- Dinner in a popular restaurant: $20–40
- Car rental per day: from $30
Top end: More than $250
- Room in a top hotel/resort: from $250
- Dinner in a top restaurant: $60–100
- Big night out (plays, concerts, clubs): $60–200
Gentle haggling is common in flea markets; in all other instances you’re expected to pay the stated price.
ATMs are widely available. Credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Most locals do not carry large amounts of cash for everyday use, relying instead on credit cards, debit cards and ATMs. Don’t, however, plan to rely exclusively on credit cards, as some machines (notably at many gas stations) won’t accept foreign cards. Smaller businesses may refuse to accept bills over $20.
ATMs are available 24/7 at most banks and in shopping centers, airports, grocery stores and convenience stores.
Most ATMs charge a service fee of $3 or more per transaction and your home bank may impose additional charges.
For foreign visitors, ask your bank for exact information about using its cards in stateside ATMs. The exchange rate is usually as good as you’ll get anywhere.
Major credit cards are almost universally accepted. In fact, it’s next to impossible to rent a car or make phone reservations without one. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted.
For current exchange rates see www.xe.com.
Tipping is not optional; only withhold tips in cases of outrageously bad service.
Airport and hotel porters $2 per bag, minimum $5 per cart.
Bartenders 10% to 15% per round, minimum $1 per drink.
Hotel housekeepers $2 to $5 daily, left under the card provided.
Restaurant servers 15% to 20%, unless a gratuity is already charged on the bill.
Taxi drivers 10 to 15 per cent, rounded up to the next dollar.
Valet parking attendants At least $2 on return of keys.