Just 12 miles northeast of Providenciales, North Caicos is easily accessible by tourists either by chartered boat or hopper jet. Once they've arrived on the island, tourists will then have to decide how they'll get around. For most people, taxis are the easiest choice because it allows them to have someone more familiar with the lay of the land to get them where they need to go.
The most important thing to understand about taxis on North Caicos is that they are not as readily available here as they would be in a more tourist-driven area such as Grace Bay on Providenciales or Cockburn Town on Grand Turk. Instead, you will have to make a little extra effort and call ahead to have a local driver meet you at a certain location. Often, your hotel or the restaurant you're dining at will be happy to call a cab for you.
Your taxi may not show up right away – they are known for their tardiness – so don't begin to worry if the driver is taking longer to get to you than you'd hoped.
Use this chart if you want to get in touch with local cab companies whenever you are in need of a taxi.
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Whether your taxi ride is a onetime event, or you'll be using the service as your main mode of transportation, it helps to know what you're getting into beforehand. Have a list of local taxi cab companies on hand, be prepared to wait on your driver, and always keep local currency with you to pay your fare, and you should have no trouble getting around North Caicos.
Despite the fact that drivers on North Caicos are supposed to have a rate card posted in the vehicle for passengers to view, very few actually do. As such, it is imperative that you discuss the cost of your trip before the driver takes off. Although each driver reserves the right to set his or her own rates, local drivers tend to keep it pretty simple and charge $3(USD) per person, per mile. It doesn't seem like much, but it can add up quickly, especially if you're traveling with a large group. For example, if you need a ride from to , the trip is 11 miles and therefore $33(USD) per person. Extra charges include $0.50 per piece of luggage stored in the trunk (after the first two pieces, which are free), and $5(USD) per 15 minutes you ask your driver to wait on you while you run an errand.
Drivers on North Caicos are also very-well trained, and are knowledgeable about the areas in which they drive. Because of this, taxi drivers make excellent tour guides. If you get along well with your driver, you can hire him or her to take you on a tour for around $100(USD) for a few hours. If you plan in advance and have your driver pick you up at a later time, he or she may even have time to create a special itinerary catered to your interests.
A 15 percent gratuity is common on North Caicos, so make sure to leave room in you budget to let your driver know that you appreciate their service.
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