As a popular tourist destination, you won't have a hard time finding a taxi in English Harbour, but there are probably some differences you'll notice when compared to the taxi services back in your home town. Before you step out into the street and try and hail a cab, take note of these important characteristics.
Your first experience with taxis on Antigua will probably be a ride from the airport to your accommodations in English Harbour.
Then, as you begin exploring the area, you'll notice them in abundance at most popular tourist attractions, such as Nelson's Dockyard National Park and around hotels. When you aren't able to find one, you can ask the front desk at any hotel to find a cab for you, or you can call a nearby company to have them pick you up.
If you'd like to call ahead for a cab to meet you at a preset time and place, you may want to get in touch with one of these these taxi services.
|(268) 460-3612||Freeman's Village|
|Vernon's Taxi||(268) 560-5123||Freetown|
In English Harbour, taxis rely on set rates rather than a meter for pricing. This means that you should be able to say where you are going, and the driver will be able to tell you right away the price, or at least show you the rate card where you'll find the price printed clearly. Even so, make sure to confirm the price with your driver before you take off. Rates are based upon an occupancy of up to four people, and if there are more than four each additional guest will cost $6(USD).
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Additional costs to be aware of include $2.50(USD) per piece of luggage if there is more than one bag per person, and $5(USD) per half hour that your driver has to wait if you need to make a stop. Also, be aware that rates are for a one way trip. If you need your driver to take you back to where you started, you'll pay double the fare. Gratuity is at the discretion of the passengers, however a 15 percent tip is commonplace.
The following chart provides some taxi rates for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||English Harbour|
|$ 24.00||St. John's||Galleon Beach|
|$ 24.00||Heritage Quay Terminal||Galleon Beach|
|$ 31.00||V.C. Bird International Airport||English Harbour|
|$ 25.00||Deepwater Harbour||English Harbour|
For an hourly fee of $24(USD), you may be able to hire your driver to take you on a tour of English Harbour and even the rest of. If this sounds like a good deal to you, ask your driver if that is something he is trained to do. This will allow you to work with your driver to create a personalized tour, as well as get a local's candid descriptions of the sites.
Overall, taxis are reportedly a great experience in English Harbour, so those who aren't typically comfortable letting someone else do the driving may find it okay to relax and give it a go for their island getaway.
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