Most tourists spend the bulk of their stay on Grand Bahama in the popular resort areas of Freeport and Port Lucaya, where taxis serve as the main source of transportation. If you plan to make use of this service, it helps to know a bit about taxis on the island before getting in.
Taxis are especially prevalent at the Grand Bahama International Airport as drivers circle the doors outside of Immigration hoping to pick up tourists and take them to their resort. You'll also find them throughout Freeport and Port Lucaya, especially at resorts, beaches, shopping centers, and wherever there are numerous restaurants grouped together. If you're having trouble finding a cab to pick you up, you can call and have them meet you wherever you are.
See the chart that follows for information on local cab companies.
|(242) 646-7287||Port Lucaya|
|(242) 352-9311||International Bazaar - 1.3 mi. (2.1 km) West of Freeport|
|(242) 646-3336||Port Lucaya|
|352-4360||Grand Bahama Island|
... ask to see the rate card...
For the most part, you'll encounter taxis that have rates set by the government, which means the driver knows in advance exactly how much it will cost to get you from one point to another based upon a list in his or her possession. Simply ask to see the rate card, and you'll be able to see how much you'll owe when you arrive at your destination.
Some taxis, however, have meters. These drivers will charge you $3.00 just for getting in the vehicle, an additional $0.40 per mile, plus another $3.00 for every passenger if you are traveling with more than two people. The best way to determine how much you'll pay is simply to ask the driver. You can discuss the cost and negotiate the total fare before driving off.
Like in the United States, it is appropriate to tip your taxi cab driver at the end of your ride. The amount you tip should depend up the level of service you receive, but know that an average 15 to 20 percent of your total bill is typical.
Taxis are such an easy transportation option that it is easy to see why so many tourists make use of it.
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