Travelers eager to begin their relaxing vacation in Barbados may decide that hiring a taxi is the simplest way to get around the island.
Vehicles drive on the left side of the road, so visitors unfamiliar with the British style of driving often prefer to leave the driving to professionals, at least until they get a feel for things. Luckily, hired cars are widely available outside of airports and docks, and can be easily discerned by the letter “Z” that appears on their license plates.
The following table shows how to contact a local taxi service.
|(246) 435-6666||Near Accra Beach - Rockley|
|(246) 232-7649||Silver Sands - Christ Church Parish|
|(246) 435-2901||Heroes Square - Bridgetown|
|(246) 228-3093||Trafalgar Square - Bridgetown|
|(246) 435-6727||Accra Beach Rockley - Christ Church Parish|
|(246) 435-8527||Accra Beach Taxi Stand - Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 435-7232||Rockley - Christ Church Parish|
|(246) 432-6382||2 Sunset Crest Shopping Plaza - Holetown|
|(246) 428-5180||79 Crane Vale New Road - Christ Church Parish|
|(246) 422-5813||Almond Beach Village - Speightstown|
|(246) 428-4979||Maxwell Coast Road - Christ Church Parish|
|(246) 420-2877||Grantley Adams International Airport - Charnocks|
|(246) 437-8294||Black Rock Main Road - Bathsheba|
|(246) 243-1894||Plantain Walk - 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) East-Southeast of Bridgetown|
|(246) 428-2533||St Lawrence Gap - St. Lawrence Gap|
|(246) 431-0605||Passenger Terminal Harbour - Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 426-3096||Lower Broad Street - Bridgetown|
|(246) 426-2499||Lower Broad Street - Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 427-6345||Belmont Road - Downtown Bridgetown|
|(246) 435-6442||Haggatt Hall|
|(246) 822-3433||St. Michael Parish|
|(246) 422-3345||Colony Club Hotel - Holetown|
|(246) 432-0075||Coral Reef Club - Holetown|
|(246) 432-8253||Crystal Cove Hotel - 2.2 mi. (3.5 km) South of Holetown|
|(246) 428-2723||Oistins - Oistens|
|(246) 238-9954||Mahogany Court - St. Lawrence Gap|
|(246) 432-1030||Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts - Holetown|
|(246) 228-4230||2 Coach House Street - St. Matthias|
|(246) 426-0090||Lower Broad Street - Bridgetown|
As is the case on many Caribbean islands, cabs are not metered on Barbados. Rates are government regulated, however, with fees hovering around $20(USD) per hour. Visitors are advised to settle on a fare and currency before taking a taxi. (An exchange rate of 2 Barbadian dollars to 1 U.S. dollar makes the difference noteworthy.)
The table below lists a few cab fares for the area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 22.00||Downtown Bridgetown||Porters|
|$ 38.00||Bathsheba||Downtown Bridgetown|
|$ 45.00||Bathsheba||Glitter Bay Villas|
|$ 35.00||Bathsheba||Heywoods Beach|
|$ 18.00||St. Lawrence Gap||Bridgetown Cruise Terminal|
|$ 30.00||Speightstown||Bridgetown Cruise Terminal|
|$ 48.00||Bathsheba||Grantley Adams International Airport|
|$ 30.00||Downtown Bridgetown||Speightstown|
|$ 22.00||Downtown Bridgetown||Holetown|
|$ 15.00||St. Lawrence Gap||Grantley Adams International Airport|
|$ 6.00||Downtown Bridgetown||The Vicinity Of Bridgetown|
|$ 14.50||Downtown Bridgetown||St. Lawrence Gap|
|$ 38.00||Downtown Bridgetown||Grantley Adams International Airport|
|$ 9.50||Downtown Bridgetown||St. Ann's Garrison|
|$ 45.00||Bathsheba||Sandy Lane|
|$ 48.00||Speightstown||Grantley Adams International Airport|
|$ 5.00||Bridgetown Cruise Terminal||Downtown Bridgetown|
|$ 26.50||Bridgetown Cruise Terminal||Crane Beach|
|$ 18.50||Bridgetown Cruise Terminal||Silver Sands Beach|
|$ 14.50||Bridgetown Cruise Terminal||Sheraton Mall|
Most taxis can also be chartered for guided tours. Rates are then charged hourly and should be between $20(USD) and $25(USD), although the number of passengers can sometimes affect the rate.
Remember that tipping drivers is always appreciated. At least fifteen percent of the fare is common practice.
Although taxis are often the easiest choice for transportation, they are not the only way to get around Barbados. Competing companies make bus fares low, and you can always rent a vehicle if you want to be in control of your own transportation.
Government regulated fares and knowledgeable drivers make taxis an appealing option for travelers who don't want to bother with parking, gas prices, and the confusion of unfamiliar streets. Taxis are just one of the many ways to find your way around Barbados, and their convenience and reliability are ideal for a carefree vacation.
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