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by StreetGlide, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 20:56 (3897 days ago)

My wife and I went out to Playa Linda on Wednesday and found the beach was good for walking and the ocean good for swimming. However we went to a beach restaurant which may be called La Palapa but in any event it is the first or second closest to the pier and the best appearing restaurant on the beach. The food was mediocre but that's OK. We were presented with a bill that listed what we had and the price of each item but no total. Just below the listed prices was a total line and below that were words to the effect that there was a 10% propina (tip). The individual items added up by me totalled 185 pesos. The bill was presented at 244 pesos. I asked our waiter if the propina was include and he said it was not. I asked him why our items toataled 185 pesos and the bill was for 244. He replied there is a 16% tax in all of Mexico. I have never heard of that but I am willing to learn. My math isn't great but adding on 16% to 185 does not get anywhere near 244 pesos. The waiter kept insisting that there was no charge for the table. We won't be back to Playa Linda. Too bad for everyone that tries to make a living out there.

Playa Linda good, but

by D-Loco, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 21:47 (3897 days ago) @ StreetGlide

What you describe is dead nuts on about that place, except you are wrong about he food being mediocre, it's worse. Several years ago I ate there and had about 80 pesos worth of food and got a 200 check. I put the 80 pesos on the table and left.

Playa Linda good, but

by Scott ⌂, Mérida, Yucatán, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 22:00 (3897 days ago) @ StreetGlide

Mexico has a 16% value-added sales tax. It is supposed to be applied to almost everything, so there is absolutely nothing unusual about seeing it added to a receipt. If you look closely, you'll see the IVA tax on just about any formal receipt you get. Where you get away without paying it is in the informal economy. Not everyone in Mexico collects and remits the sales tax like they're supposed to. Usually the IVA is included in the price you see on the menu or tag on an item at a store, then broken down on the receipt to show you the amount of IVA that you paid.

It is also standard practice where I lived in Mexico to automatically add the propina or service charge to the bill. If you see that, then you don't have to leave anything else. Tipping isn't really a long-standing Mexican custom, it is something that has been brought there by tourists. So they add the service charge because if they don't many or even most Mexicans won't "tip" them. At the restaurants in Morelia it seemed that white people usually didn't get a (typically 10%) service charge added, but whenever I was with Mexicans, then usually the bill had the 10% on there. They don't usually add the service charge for foreign tourists because they think the tourist will tip more, 15% or even 20%, not knowing the local custom.

So basically I'd say don't worry about it. The only really bad thing was telling you the tip wasn't included already, but if you knew what propina means then you should have realized that it was. Maybe there was a misunderstanding?

Basically they charged you the 16% sales tax + 15% service charge. Paying 5% more than locals kinda sucks I guess, but it doesn't sound like you got ripped off too badly.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 22:18 (3897 days ago) @ Scott

In the States "large" groups (size varies by restaurant) typically have a 10% service charge added to the bill and this fact is normally posted on the menu. In Mexico I always tip 20% since the season is so short, unless a service charge is added. If it is, I don't tip any more.

Playa Linda good, but

by El Tacaño, Thursday, February 24, 2011, 10:52 (3897 days ago) @ StreetGlide

Interesting as I was first over charged there. When I protested the waiter attempted to short change me after correcting the bill. What was especially distressing is he seeing my medallion told me we attended the same "campus".

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, February 24, 2011, 11:38 (3897 days ago) @ StreetGlide

I don't list and I don't recommend any restaurants on Playa Linda. Sixteen or so years ago there used to be a decent restaurant at the old original RV park down the beach about a half kilometer, but FONATUR ran them off a long time ago.

Playa Linda good, but

by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Thursday, February 24, 2011, 23:40 (3896 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Was it called Chula Vista?