Whether your plans involve touring the entire island or sticking close to your hotel, at some point during your stay in Marigot Bay you'll need to rely on ground transportation. Some people will choose to rent a car, but the island of St. Lucia has a reputation for poor roads, which turns many others off from the prospect. For these people, taxi cabs make for a great alternative.
Taxis in Marigot Bay are readily available at many of the most popular tourist attractions, restaurants, and hotels, but you can also call and have them pick you up at whatever your desired location and time is.
If you can't find a taxi, or want one to meet you at your location, you can call one of the following cab companies:
|(758) 484-6354||Millennium Highway - Downtown Castries|
|(758) 451-4406||Marigot Bay|
|Taxis & Tours in Castries||(758) 715-1881||North Castries|
|(758) 452-1599||George F.L. Charles Airport - 0.8 mi. (1.3 km) North-Northwest of Castries|
Taxis here are typically five-passenger vans that blend in on the streets with the private vehicles other than the fact that they have the words "TAXI"written on either the doors or windshield, and perhaps a domed light on the roof to indicate whether or not they are accepting passengers at that time. You will also be able to pick the taxi out in a crowd thanks to the red lettering on the license plate that begins with the letters "TX."
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When you get into any taxi in Marigot Bay, you will immediately discover that there are no meters present. This is because the rates have all been set in advance. You can pick up a list of all the rates on the island from the Board of Tourism when you arrive on the island, or you can ask your driver to see the card he or she keeps on hand that will tell you exactly how much it will cost you to get to your desired destination. The paper will typically list prices in United States Dollars and give a quote based on a four passenger occupancy, but it is still best to confirm the price with your driver to be sure you both agree on the price. Also ask the driver which type of currency he or she accepts. Some drivers will only take the Eastern Caribbean Dollar while others are happy to take foreign currency as well.
The following table shows some cab fares for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 30.00 - $ 35.00||Downtown Castries||Marigot Bay|
|$ 70.00||Hewanorra International Airport||Marigot Bay|
In addition to hiring a driver for a quick jaunt through town, many taxi drivers offer guided tours of the entire island for around $200(USD) for four passengers. Unlike typical fares, this price is negotiable, so if you're interested in the service, feel free to inquire about pricing.
While tipping is not a requirement, it is a great way to thank your driver for his or her help. A gratuity of 10 to 15 percent of your total bill is commonplace in Marigot Bay, plus if your driver helped you to load any luggage, add another dollar per bag.
With this information in mind, it is easy to see that using local taxi services in Marigot Bay is a great way to get around. Make sure you've reviewed typical fare charges to ensure you've left enough wiggle room in your budget, and you'll be good to go.
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