Thanks to being home to the international airport and the famed Seven Mile Beach resort area, Georgetown is without a doubt the best place in the whole of the Cayman Islands to find a taxi on the street. If you're staying in this town, choosing to use local taxi services rather than rent a car is an easy choice to make.
Both the cruise terminal and the airport are located in Georgetown, which are the locations known for having the highest concentration of taxis available to tourists. If for some reason you can't find a taxi at these spots, you can ask someone at the taxi dispatcher stands to call a ride for you. Carrying around a list of taxi operators names and numbers when you're out and about can be helpful as well, so you'll never have to worry when you can't find a cab. You can also ask the concierge at the nearest hotel for help in this type of situation.
Do be aware that taxi drivers are meticulous about the cleanliness of their vehicles. If you are wet from the beach, covered in sand, or disheveled in such a way that will effect their upholstery, they either will not let you ride or they will charge an additional fee.
If you would rather call ahead for a cab to come get you at a predetermined location and time, feel free to contact any of these local taxi agencies.
|(345) 949-3676||Goulds Estate - Batabano|
|(345) 949-4748||Elgin Avenue - Georgetown|
|(345) 777-7777||Gould's Shop School House Road - Georgetown|
Taxis are usually not available overnight, but, if you're hoping to get out and explore local nightlife, you'll be able to do so by making arrangements during the day with a local operator. You can also hire a driver to take you on a tour of the island.
The government sets the rates for the taxis in Georgetown. This means it is possible to determine how much you'll pay for a ride before you even take off. The downside to this system is that rates can be hire and there is no way around it. For example, the trip between the airport and downtown Georgetown is $15 despite the fact that the trip takes less than five minutes.
Rates are for one to three riders, and you'll pay an extra one-third of the cost for each extra person riding with you. If you need a ride between midnight and 6:00 a.m. You will also pay an extra 25 percent. Keep this in mind when you ride, or discuss the cost with your driver before taking off just to be sure you are both in agreement. Don't forget to tip your driver! Gratuities of between 15 and 25 percent are common.
This table shows some typical taxi rates for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 52.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Breakers|
|$ 19.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Grand Harbour|
|$ 29.40||Owen Roberts International Airport||Savannah|
|$ 40.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Bodden Town|
|$ 18.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||Seven Mile Beach|
|$ 72.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Rum Cay|
|$ 59.40||Owen Roberts International Airport||North Side|
|$ 15.00||Owen Roberts International Airport||Downtown Georgetown|
|$ 33.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||West Bay|
|$ 24.75||Owen Roberts International Airport||Prospect Park|
|$ 55.80||Owen Roberts International Airport||Old Man Bay|
|$ 37.50||Owen Roberts International Airport||Morgans Harbor Marina|
|$ 24.60||Owen Roberts International Airport||Cayman Island Sailing Club|
|$ 5.00||Royal Watler Cruise Terminal||Seven Mile Beach|
Though taking a taxi can be pricey, there is no denying how easy it is to make this your main mode of transportation on Georgetown. Add in the extra perks like tours, and the fact that these cabs are kept impeccably clean, and you can feel confident riding around in these types of vehicles.
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