While taxis may not be the recommended form of transportation for all of your travels in and around Coral Bay, these services do have their time and place. Knowing the differences between taxis in Coral Bay and your home town will help you to prepare for when you are in need of calling out for a ride.
Coral Bay is not a huge center for tourism on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John, but taxis are not all together non-existent in the area. When you do encounter them, they are most likely bringing visitors from Cruz Bay to visit the much smaller community of Coral Bay. You will quickly see that most of the taxis on the island are unlike what you are used to back home. Four passenger yellow sedans offering private rides from place to place have no role in this tropical paradise.
Instead, you will most likely ride in a six to 12-passenger van, which are known locally as a “Safari.” Safaris are flat bed pickup trucks that have been converted to have open air bench seating with a roof for protection from the weather. You'll know you've encountered a licensed taxi by the dome light or “TAXI” placard on the roof and the letters “JP” on the license plate. To be sure you're driver is properly licensed, make sure to check the dash board for his or her registration card.
Take a look at the chart that follows to get information on local taxis.
|Paradise Taxi Association||(340) 714-7875||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Penns Taxi||(340) 776-8294||Downtown Cruz Bay|
|Star Fish Tours and Taxi Services||(340) 998-6139||Downtown Cruz Bay|
Don't plan on making taxis your primary mode of transportation when you're staying in Coral Bay, however, if you've had a few drinks, or need initial delivery to your hotel, they are a great option to have on hand.
...settle on the fare before you take off...
On St. John, taxi prices are standardized by the Virgin Islands Taxi Association instead of metered as is common in the United States. The rates are carefully determined based upon pick up and drop off locations as well as how many passengers are riding at any given time.
Make sure to settle on the fare before you take off so that you know exactly what you'll be expected to pay. Check the chart below for an idea how much the basic fare will be to get from Coral Bay to elsewhere on the island of St. John. Take note that these rates change regularly.
|Destination||Fare for Single Rider||Fare per Person for Multiple Riders|
|Cruz Bay||$16.00 (USD)||$9.00 (USD)|
|Annaberg||$8.00 (USD)||$6.00 (USD)|
|Caneel Bay||$13.00 (USD)||$9.00 (USD)|
|Cinnamon Bay||$9.00 (USD)||$6.00 (USD)|
|Hurricane Hole||$7.00 (USD)||$5.00 (USD)|
|Little Maho Bay||$9.00 (USD)||$6.00 (USD)|
|Salt Pond||$7.00 (USD)||$6.00 (USD)|
|Trunk Bay via Centerline||$19.00 (USD)||$13.00 (USD)|
|Trunk Bay via North Shore||$9.00 (USD)||$6.00 (USD)|
|East End||$8.00 (USD)||$7.00 (USD)|
However, there are a few additional fees that riders should be aware of. They are as follows:
$2 per piece of luggage, of up to $4(USD) for a parcel measuring 30 by 20 inches.
If you have a pet, it must be properly contained in a kennel, and to bring it in the taxi it will be $20 to $30(USD).
If you ask the drive to stop and wait on you, it will be $1(USD) per minute after the first five minutes.
Taxis on St. John can be hired by the hour as well as for a sightseeing tour. Call ahead and have a cab pick you up to take you around the island for two or three hours. The rate is $50 for one passenger and $25(USD) per passenger if there are two or more on the tour for two hours. Rates go up to $70 for one passenger or $35(USD) per passenger if there are two or more for three hours.
|Length of Tour||One or Two Passengers|
|Three or More Passengers
If your driver has done exceptionally, make sure to tip him or her to show your gratitude. The going rates here are between 10 and 15 percent of your total bill.
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