Discussion in 'Cancun Forum' started by gottaski, May 3, 2018.
Are $50 and $100 USD bills accepted much in Cancun?
The staff certainly takes them for tips...I can assure you.
You can also get change in the lobby.
Yes, most places. We Usually bring some to pay for excursions/fishing. Be careful though... for example .. if you’re buying something for 100 pesos and pay with $100 bill ya might get ripped in the exchange. You also may or may not get US dollars back in change, sometimes you will, but usually not. I wouldn’t flash a roll of 100’s for sure.
Paying for trips and excursions with big companies, 100's are fine.
Otherwise stick with 50's and smaller.
$100 are the most counterfeited bills and smaller establishments tend to stay away or not accept them.
Too big of a hit on their bottom line is one is fake.
While people will take them in a heartbeat as a tip, they are harder for individuals to pass along because of what is stated above.
2 50's would be loved as much and easier for them to pass on.
Also remember... because of the moving exchange rate (usually up at this point), US$ is more valuable as a tip because it could increase in value... but only as long as it is in US$
Give a $50 and they get one chance at exchange... give 2 20's and a $10 and they have more... and so on.... so the bigger bill is more flashy but multiples of the smaller kind are more valuable.