Mykonos

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Mykonos Money-Saving Tips

Bus Around

Take the bus. Taxis are scarce and unreliable and driving can be a little daunting (Greek drivers are insane). If you must rent a car, book in advance through your hotel and practice your stick-shifting—automatic vehicles are rare.

Ferry Unreliable

The ferry schedules in Greece are unreliable—if you’re planning a trip it’s best to get to the station early and double-check the departure time with the attendant.

Stroll Aimlessly

Get used to strolling aimlessly—street signs are rarely posted and the twisted maze of alleys are hard to follow on a map. View getting lost as an opportunity to explore scenic streets, tavernas, and boutiques.

Savor Siesta

Be aware that around 3pm, the island shuts down to recharge for the night ahead with an afternoon nap. Stores close around this time; many reopen again after 5pm.

Island Time

No one dines before 10pm, some clubbers don’t bother going out until 2am, and beaches are usually empty until noon. Have a snack before siesta so you’re not starving by the time you head to dinner at 11pm.

Tipping

Many restaurants tack on service charges automatically—ask if gratuity is included so that you don’t over tip. If tip isn’t included, the norm is a 10- to 15-percent.

Scooter Safety

Few abide by driving rules on the island and twisting goat trails make for hazardous maneuvering. If you choose to risk your life and rent a scooter, wear a helmet and stay off the streets after your second Ouzo.

Pack Dramamine

Summer winds and choppy waters can cause very unpleasant ferry rides. Even if you’re not prone to seasickness, it’s quite possible you’ll have your first bout on the Aegean.

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