At 48 square miles, Middle Caicos is by far the largest island in the Turks and Caicos chain, yet, the population is well under 500 people. If you'll want to explore the entirety of the island, a rental car may be the less expensive route to take, but you shouldn't discount the ease of travel that comes with allowing someone with more experience driving on the island take the wheel when you hail a taxi.
The message that most frequent visitors to Middle Caicos would relay to tourists visiting to the island is that taxis can be hard to come by, tardy when you do get a hold of one, and expensive (as you'll learn later). This shouldn't cause you to shy away from making taxis your main form of transportation on the island, but you should be aware of this service's downfalls so you can plan accordingly.
Unlike other islands which are more crowded with tourists, you'll probably have to call ahead and have a taxi meet you at a particular place, rather than be able to hail one on the street. You can have your or restaurant call a taxi for you.
If you aren't planning to rent a car on Middle Caicos, prepare to spend time in the back seat of a cab due to the lack of public transportation on the island. The price can add up quickly, but the peace of mind is often worth every penny.
Regulations on Middle Caicos dictate that all taxis display their rates prominently so that passengers have a clear idea of how much their trip will cost; however, it is rare that a driver actually does so. For this reason, it is important that you settle on your fare with your driver before taking off. The typical cost to take a taxi on the island is $3(USD) per person, per mile. For example, the trip from theto is 11 miles, so it will cost a whopping $33(USD) per person to get into town.
If you're planning a day where you'll be using taxi services a lot, you may want to go ahead and hire a driver for a guided tour of the island. This service will cost you about $100 for several hours of transportation around the island, minus the $5(USD) per 15 minute wait charge drivers charge when you ask them to wait. Taxi drivers here are trained tour guides, so not only will it save you money, you'll also learn a lot of great information about Middle Caicos.
Wanting to know what you'll pay to use a cab? See this list of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 11.40||Middle Caicos Ferry Dock||Conch Bar|
|$ 3.60||Middle Caicos Airport||Jan Flemming|
|$ 15.30||Middle Caicos Airport||Bambarra Beach|
|$ 45.30||Middle Caicos Airport||Lorimers East Beach|
|$ 7.80||Middle Caicos Ferry Dock||Jan Flemming|
|$ 27.00||Middle Caicos Ferry Dock||Bambarra Beach|
|$ 56.10||Middle Caicos Ferry Dock||Lorimers East Beach|
|$ 1.50||Middle Caicos Airport||Conch Bar|
|$ 11.10||Middle Caicos Airport||Middle Caicos Ferry Dock|
|$ 41.10||North Caicos Airport||Middle Caicos Airport|
Whether you hire your driver to take you from place to place, or you plan for a tour, make sure to bring along some extra money for a tip. The local rate is 15 percent of your final bill.
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