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The questions `when?` and `how much?` that surround tipping can leave some travelers confused, as the practice varies. This guide attempts to cover most situations that you, as a tourist, will encounter. Hopefully using these `tips` will provide a smooth experience when interacting with locals in restaurants, bars, hotels, tour operators, and taxis.

In Cape Verde they do not have a standard tipping etiquette, service industry workers normally do not expect to receive a tip, but the countries are quite poor and a little goes a long way. A small gratuity between 5-10% for good service is standard.

Currency: Can I pay in U.S. dollars?

The currency in Cape Verde is the Cape Verdean Escudo, CVE, or $. US dollars are not accepted. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand and be prepared to exchange your dollars to CVE upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and ATM`s can be found at BCN bank locations in the main towns open from 8 am until 3 pm Monday to Friday.

Restaurants, Cafes, and Bars: When should I tip? How much is customary?

Tips in Cape Verde are greatly appreciated as it is quite a poor country and the workers work extremely hard to earn a living. Tips at restaurants in Cape Verde are normally shared between the staff and the amount is based on what you think is deserved based on the service you receive. A small tip is always welcomed, a 5-10% tip is standard.

Hotel Staff: Who should I tip?

Tipping is not expected in hotels, you can always leave 100CVE per bag for porters and housekeeping if you wish to leave a tip for hotel staff.

Taxi Drivers: Should I tip?

Tipping a taxi driver in Cape Verde is not customary if you want to leave a small tip you can round up the fare and leave the change for the driver.

Tour Guides: Is a tip required?

Leaving a tip for your tour guide is not a requirement in Cape Verde, however, you may offer between 5-10% of the total price of the excursion if you wish to express your gratitude.