Most people who take advantage of taxi services during their stay in Holetown either don't plan to do much sightseeing, or feel more comfortable letting a local driver take the wheel. Others will only use taxi services on occasion, like when they need a ride to and from the airport, or if they've had a bit too much to drink. Whatever reason you have for hailing a cab, it helps to knows how the service works in Barbados.
The look of taxis in Holetown do not differ much from the private vehicles that are out on the road simultaneously, but visitors will easily be able to tell them apart thanks to the sign on the roof reading “TAXI” and the letter “Z” on the license plate. Taxis generally spend their time driving around local hotel zones, beaches, shopping areas, and popular attractions hoping to pick up tourists in need of a ride. If by chance you can't find a taxi, simply give any of the local cab companies a ring and they will send someone to pick you up.
If you'd like to call ahead for a cab to meet you at a specific location and time, you should get in touch with any of these local taxi agencies.
|(246) 432-6382||2 Sunset Crest Shopping Plaza - Holetown|
|(246) 422-3345||Colony Club Hotel - Holetown|
|(246) 432-0075||Coral Reef Club - Holetown|
|(246) 432-8253||Crystal Cove Hotel - 2.2 mi. (3.5 km) South of Holetown|
|(246) 432-1030||Discovery Bay by Rex Resorts - Holetown|
If a driver you get along with happens to pick you up, you may want to ask him if he offers tours. Many local drivers are trained in the art of tour-giving, and may be able to create a local tour catered specifically for you.
...a card with rates...
You'll find that the taxis in Holetown are not metered. Instead, there is a list of set prices that taxi drivers use that is based upon pick up and drop off points. The prices are posted at the airport and your driver should have a card with rates as well. Ask to see the rate card, and then discuss the price with your driver before your trip. This will help to iron out any confusion in the event that you've read the rate card wrong or the driver misunderstood where you wanted to go. Some drivers are open to negotiation.
As far as tips are concerned, you are welcome to tip whatever you feel your driver has earned, however, at least 15 percent is common for drivers here.
Wondering about local taxi rates? See this array of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 45.00||Bathsheba||Glitter Bay Villas|
|$ 45.00||Bathsheba||Sandy Lane|
|$ 22.00||Downtown Bridgetown||Holetown|
If you're traveling with a large party and worried about the cost of a taxi from the airport to your hotel in Holetown, which will cost $38(USD) per cab, you may consider hiring an airport transfer service instead. These minivans will transport your group to your hotel at a lower price and often offer extras like air conditioning and a cold drink for you to enjoy on the 20 minute drive.
Knowing the ins and outs of the taxi world in Holetown can make things much simpler. When all else fails, call your local taxi agency of choice and ask as many questions as is necessary to make you feel comfortable.
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