Using taxi services as your main mode of transportation in Cane Garden Bay can get pricy. For tourists who don't feel comfortable navigating the roads on their own, or plan to do a lot of walking and only occasionally hail a cab, it still stands as the best option.
Due to a law that rental car agencies may not have branches at airports; a taxi will likely be your fist mode of transportation once you arrive on Beef Island. Drivers keep up on arrival times and are always waiting to pick up passengers and give them a ride.
One of the first things you'll notice about cabs in Cane Garden Bay is that they are actually vans designed to hold as many passengers at one time as possible. They don't come in any specific color, make, or model, but are still easy to pick out on a busy street thanks to the dome light on the roof and the letters “TX” on the license plate.
See the table below for a list of taxi services serving Cane Garden Bay.
|AC's Taxi Service||(284) 340-0550||Downtown Road Town|
|(284) 494-8397||Tortola Cruise Port - Road Town|
|(284) 494-8755||Brewer's Bay - 2.5 mi. (4.0 km) Northwest of Road Town|
Whether your taxi hailing experience in Cane Garden Bay is a onetime thing, or you enjoy the ride so much that you opt for a four hour tour of the island, this well-regulated service is a great transportation option to have.
Taxis in the British Virgin Islands are unmetered. Instead of a ticker that measures miles or minutes, they have rates set by the government that vary based upon where you are going and how many passengers are in the vehicle. Because of this, it is common for strangers to end up sharing a cab to split the fare.
You'll notice that there are no set fees for trips within Cane Bay. This means if you want to take a cab from your hotel to a restaurant, the driver will default to the “Pay by Mile” rate chart. Rates are as follows:
|Distance Travelled||Single Rider||Per Person Fare for Two Riders||Fare Per Person for Three or More|
|1 Mile||$3.00 (USD)||$3.00 (USD)||$3.00 (USD)|
|5 Miles||$14.00 (USD)||$9.00 (USD)||$7.00 (USD)|
|10 Miles||$28.00 (USD)||$17.00 (USD)||$14.00 (USD)|
|15 Miles||$42.00 (USD)||$26.00 (USD)||$21.00 (USD)|
|20 Miles||$56.00 (USD)||$35.00 (USD)||$28.00 (USD)|
|25 Miles||$70.00 (USD)||$44.00 (USD)||$35.00 (USD)|
One of the great things about taxi drivers in the British Virgin Islands is that they are also trained tour guides. If you find that you have a good report with your driver, you can hire him or her to return at a later time to take you around Cane Garden Bay and show you all of the important sites. Check the chart below to learn how much this will cost you.
|Party Size||1 Hour Tour||2 Hour Tour||Three Hour Tour||Four Hour Tour|
|Single or Double Rider||$55.00 (USD)||$110.00 (USD)||$165.00 (USD)||$220.00 (USD)|
|Three Riders||$70.00 (USD)||$130.00 (USD)||$190.00 (USD)||$250.00 (USD)|
|Four Riders||$85.00 (USD)||$150.00 (USD)||$215.00 (USD)||$280.00 (USD)|
|Five Riders||$100.00 (USD)||$170.00 (USD)||$240.00 (USD)||$310.00 (USD)|
|Each Additional Rider||$15.00 (USD)||$20.00 (UDS)||$25.00 (USD)||$30.00 (USD)
The following chart lists typical taxi rates for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 24.00||Downtown Road Town||Cane Garden Bay|
|$ 15.00 - $ 17.00||Cane Garden Bay||Frenchman's Cay|
|$ 11.00 - $ 14.00||Cane Garden Bay||West End|
|$ 13.00 - $ 14.00||Cane Garden Bay||Fort Recovery|
|$ 11.00||Cane Garden Bay||Sage Mountain National Park|
|$ 50.00||Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport||Cane Garden Bay|
|$ 24.00||Tortola Cruise Port||Cane Garden Bay|
Although you are never required to tip your driver, know that they rely on gratuities for a large portion of their income, and if you've received good service, a 15 percent tip as a show of thanks is the typical offering. If you've stored more than one piece of luggage in the trunk, an additional $1 to $2(USD) per piece should also be offered, on top of the extra fee you've paid.
In addition to these base rates, there are a few miscellaneous charges that travelers should be aware of. If you have more than one piece of luggage to store in the trunk, it will cost you $1(USD) per parcel, and if you've got an animal, which must be properly stored in a pet carrier, it will cost you $15(USD) per carrier. Cabs are happy to stop and let you get out and look around or run into a store, but after waiting for 15 minutes they will begin to charge you $10(USD) for each additional 15 minutes they wait. After hours trips, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. receive an up charge of 30 percent. In spite of all this, children under the age of three ride for free, and children between the ages of four and 11 ride for half price.
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