As the largest island outside of mainland Guadeloupe, there is a lot of ground to cover on Marie Galante. Taxis are available, but using them as your main source of transportation will cost you a pretty penny, so most tourists keep them in mind in case of emergency rather than making them their regular way to get around.
While taxis are available throughout the island, especially in the main towns of Grand-Bourg, Saint-Louis, and Capesterre, they can be extremely hard to come by. If you do see one on the street it will be in the form of a minivan, and you'll have a good chance of encountering one at the ferry terminal. Otherwise, your best chance at getting a private ride is to call the service directly. Most operators speak French, so if this isn't a language you are fluent in ask someone at your accommodations to place the call and arrange this form of transportation for you.
is the one taxi service listed on our guide. You can contact them at (069) 083-1109; they're located in the eastern part of Marie-Galante.
There is no getting around it; taking a taxi on Marie Galante is the most expensive way to travel. It is about 1 Euro per minute, which comes out to about $1.36(USD) per minute. Traffic will affect the price in this case, so a ride from your accommodations to the beach can be slightly different than the ride back. Drivers are willing to negotiate the fare, though the price is technically set by the government, so you may be able to save money if you promise to always use a certain driver when you're in need of a ride. Make room for gratuities in your budget as well.
If you don't feel comfortable driving in a foreign country, taxis will be your most reliable way of getting around, but it comes at a cost. If you are willing to pay, there is nothing to recommend against take a taxi on Marie Galante.
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