Even if you just take a taxi from the airport in St. Johns over to your accommodations in Dickenson Bay where you'll then rent a car, if you plan to travel by taxi at least once, you'll want to be aware of how the service works on the island of Antigua.
As a popular tourist destination, you can be sure you'll find plenty of taxis in Dickenson Bay. Mostly, they'll be in front of hotels and at popular attractions, but if you can't seem to get the attention of one, it is easy to give a local cab company a call and have them meet you to pick you up. You'll find the names and numbers of these companies below, but if you don't have access to a phone, you can also get any hotel you happen to be near to call one up for you.
Some drivers are also very friendly and you might find you get along with them rather well. If you'd like to hire them to take you on a tour of Dickenson Bay, ask if that is in their skill set. If so, you can hire them at an hourly rate of $24(USD) to take you around and give you local insight about all of the most popular attractions.
If you'd like to make reservations for a taxi to come get you at a predetermined time and location, you may want to call any of these local taxi agencies.
|(268) 460-7434||High Street - Redcliffe Quay|
|(268) 460-8213||Heritage Quay Terminal - St. John's|
|(268) 462-2504||Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa - Dickenson Bay|
|(268) 786-3578||Heritage Quay - Redcliffe Quay|
People visiting from the United States will usually be accustomed to taxis that are metered, which means there is a ticker in the cab that keeps track of either the length of time you're in the vehicle, or how many miles you drive. This is not what you'll experience in Dickenson Bay. Instead, the taxis here enjoy set rates, which were created by the local taxi cab association. When you get in the cab, you simply tell your driver where you're going, and he or she should be able to show you on a rate card the price to get there. If your driver does not have a rate card, be sure to decide before you leave your departure point exactly how much the ride costs. This will prevent you from arriving at your destination and being shocked by the cost.
...taxis here enjoy set rates...
Rates are based upon a four passenger occupancy. Each person over four will cost an additional $6(USD) per trip – and note that the trip is from one point to another. If you want to hire the same cab for a return trip, you'll pay double the fare. Also, if you're going to need to make stops along the way, it will cost you $5(USD) per half hour. Another added fee you may not expect is a charge of $2.50(USD) for every piece of luggage you need to put in the trunk beyond one piece per passenger.
Want to know what you'll pay to use a cab? Check out the following list of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 16.00||St. John's||Dickenson Bay|
|$ 12.00||Dickenson Bay||Deepwater Harbour|
|$ 43.00||Falmouth Harbour||Dickenson Bay|
|$ 16.00||V.C. Bird International Airport||Dickenson Bay|
|$ 12.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Dickenson Bay|
Taxis are not for everyone, but on Antigua, the set rates and regulations make most people feel more comfortable hailing a cab.
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