Tipping Etiquette.

As a visitor to Orlando and the USA then you may not be aware of the
etiquette of tipping.

While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit down restaurants which offer table service and many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage.

You will probably find that the tip or service charge has already been added to your bill so do check this carefully before adding this again.

Here are some guidelines which you may find helpful.

AIRPORT
Porter – $1 per bag.

RESTROOM ATTENDANT
$1 or small change in expensive restaurant.

VALET PARKING ATTENDANT
$1-$2 but only when you get your car.

BELLHOPS
$1 -$5 per bag depending upon the level of hotel.

HOTEL CONCIERGE
$5 or more if he or she performs a service for you.

HOTEL DOORMAN
$1-$3 if he helps you get a cab.

HOTEL MAID
$1-$3 a day (either daily or at the end of your stay)

HOTEL ROOM SERVICE WAITER
$1 – $2 per delivery even if a service charge has been added.

BAR TENDER
$1 to $5 per round of drinks, depending on the number of drinks.

TAXI
15%-20% but round up the fare to the next dollar amount.

TOUR GUIDE
10% of the cost of the tour.

WAITER
15%- 25% with 20% being the norm at high end restaurants.

COAT CHECK PERSONNEL
$1-$2 per item checked unless there is a fee, then nothing.

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What’s on in Orlando in July and August?

The weather in July is hot and humid. The average daytime temperatures can reach a scorching 92 degrees Fahrenheit with an average minimum temp of 73 degrees Fahrenheit.
Orlando is very busy in July and August as it is the summer holidays. On average there are about 10 hours of sunshine and day time humidity can rise to 95%.
Visitors need to protect themselves from the hot sun with a high factor suncream and they need to wear a hat and sunglasses. It is important to keep hydrated. As it is the rainy season is can be wet in July although this changes each year to how wet it can be. The average monthy precipation is around 196 mm. The rain rarely stays around for the whole day. Most of it is received in the form of a strong thunderstorm in the afternoon which pass within the hour.

Here is a selection of a few of the things going on in and around Orlando in July and August.

JULY

Summer Nights at Seaworld, Sounds Like Summer Series at Epcot, Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba

4th Florida Gun Show, Orlando.
House of Blues Gospel Brunch
Independence Day at SeaWorld, Orlando
Independence Day at Universal Orlando Resort
Independence Day at Walt Disney World
Legoland
Watermelon 5K in Winter Park

Dr Philips Centre
Orlando Pride

Hard Rock Live
House of Blues
Southeast Building conference
Orlando Citrus Bowl.
House of Blues.
Leu Gardens.

AUGUST

More details to follow.