If you want to avoid renting a car for your visit to Manchebo, you can instead rely on public transportation or you can use the more personalized service of hiring a taxi. Although the cost can add up and lead to a hefty price tag in the end, if you plan to spend most of your time within walking distance of your accommodations, this is a feasible option to consider.
Taxis are sparse in Manchebo, choosing instead to make the rounds at the airport and Oranjestad (where they are still hard to come by), so you'll save time by skipping the desire to throw up a hand and hail a cab and simply place a call to a local taxi service and have a driver pick you up. You can even call and arrange for several times at once.
See the following chart for taxi companies serving Manchebo.
|(297) 582-2116||Pos Abou - 2.4 mi. (3.9 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|(297) 588-0035||Cumana 20 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|Taxi Address Service||(297) 587-4011||L G Smith Boulevard 234 - 1.0 mi. (1.6 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
|--||Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba - Eagle Beach|
|--||Ling & Sons Iga Super Center - 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
If you are out and about and decide to look for a cab on the street, pay close attention to the license plate. Taxis in Manchebo are regular cars only set apart by the letters “TX” on the plates.
Tourists who hate haggling with cab drivers will be relieved to discover that rates here are set in advance based upon where you are being picked up and dropped off. Ask your driver for a rate chart when you get in, and you'll be able to see how much it will cost you to get from your hotel to the restaurant before you take off. The cost is set for the entire cab rather than per person, so you could ravel with four people in the cab and have everyone split the fare, bringing the cost down significantly.
...rates here are set in advance...
There are some extra costs to be aware of as you plan to use taxis in Manchebo. Rides on Sundays, holidays, and between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. will cost an extra $3, you'll be charged $3 for every minute the driver has to wait on you while you run an errand, and if you need to use the trunk when you aren't traveling to or from the airport it is another $3(USD). Taxis in Aruba are strict about their cleanliness, and if you get the seat wet or dirty, you will have to pay them $50(USD) to clean or replace it. If you plan on making a lot of stops, you may decide instead to hire a cab by the hour for a flat rate of $45(USD) per hour.
The following table lists some taxi rates for the area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 19.00||None||Eagle Beach|
|$ 8.00||Palm Beach||Eagle Beach|
|$ 9.00||Manchebo||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 33.00||Manchebo||San Nicolas|
|$ 22.00||Manchebo||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 7.00||Manchebo||Eagle Beach|
|$ 13.00||Port Of Aruba||Eagle Beach|
|$ 9.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||Noord|
|$ 10.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 34.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||San Nicolas|
|$ 7.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||Eagle Beach|
|$ 22.00||Eagle Bowling Palace||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 8.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Eagle Beach|
|$ 20.00||Papillon Restaurant||Eagle Beach|
One thing to take into consideration as you plan your transportation budget is gratuities. Drivers depend on this extra bonus money as a huge source of their income, so you should always reward your driver for good service. A tip of 15 percent of your total bill is the norm in Manchebo.
Cleanliness, set rates, and government regulations make utilizing taxis during your stay in Manchebo a recommended option. If you don't plan to spend a lot of time exploring, or you simply feel more comfortable letting someone local do the driving for you, plan to take a cab to get around.
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