Most tourists will have their first experience with island taxis when they arrive in Barbados, whether they do so via the Bridgetown Port or at Grantley Adams International Airport. Taxis are usually found in abundance at these spots, waiting to bring tourists to their final destination on the island. A trip to Bathsheba in a taxi can be pricey, but many tourists agree it is worth the cost to not have to drive in a foreign country.
The taxis in Bathsheba are well recommended, as the drivers are known for being very good at handling the local roads, and also tend to have outgoing personalities. Though taxi services can get pricey, the drivers make it worth the cost. Many are even trained tour guides, so if you'd like to set up a day of touring the island with a taxi driver you get along with, ask if he or she is able and available, and you can set up a time during your trip to do so.
Local taxis tend to blend in with private vehicles on the street except that they will normally have a sign on the roof that reads “TAXI” and will always have the letter “Z” on the license plate. This makes it easier for you to recognize them when you're out exploring the area and decide the time is come to catch a ride. Taxis can generally be found around hotels, shopping centers, and major tourist attractions; however, if you're in need of a ride and don't see one on the street, you can call and have the nearest taxi pick you up.
The following table indicates how to reach local taxi companies.
|(246) 437-8294||Black Rock Main Road - Bathsheba|
|(246) 432-1030||Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts - Holetown|
|Lawrence Taxi Services||(246) 417-9066||84 Mint Close - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) West of Bathsheba|
|Sam's Tours and Taxi Services||(246) 233-3181||Tent Bay - Bathsheba|
|Sun Tours||(246) 434-8430||Highway 4-B - 3.6 mi. (5.7 km) Northeast of Bridgetown|
Even if you do not plan on renting a car, hiring a taxi is not always the best option. For example, if you're traveling with a party of six or more, you'll find it to be more affordable to hire a minivan to transport you from the airport to your accommodations in town. These airport transfers offer personalized service, in which you can tell the company your flight information and they will be waiting for you upon your arrival. Some even go above and beyond, offering cold drinks and snacks while you make the 20 to 30 minute driver to Bethsheba.
...confirm the price of your trip...
The most important thing to remember when you hire a taxi in Bathsheba is to confirm the price of your trip with your driver before you go. Taxis here are not metered, so if you are unaware of the cost, it can be shocking. There are set rates that go along with every location on the island. You'll find these prices posted at the airport, but each driver should also have a card on hand to show you the cost if you ask. Some drivers may be willing to negotiate the price with you, so long as you approach them respectfully.
Rates change fairly regularly; however, you can estimate your fare to a degree.
This chart shows a few taxi fares for the area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 38.00||Bathsheba||Downtown Bridgetown|
|$ 45.00||Bathsheba||Sandy Lane Hotel|
|$ 45.00||Bathsheba||Glitter Bay Villas|
|$ 48.00||Bathsheba||Grantley Adams International Airport|
|$ 35.00||Bathsheba||Heywoods Beach|
Tipping is not a requirement; yet, it is something that should be done as a show of appreciation to your driver. A fifteen to twenty percent offering of your total trip is common here.
For tourists who prefer to let someone else be in charge of driving around, taxis are always the way to go.
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