Palm Beach is set up specifically to cater to tourists, so utilizing taxi services here makes perfect sense. While many tourists who want to explore the rest of the island may opt to rent a vehicle for a day or two, if you'll be staying close to the beach, it simply is not necessary.
Taxis in Palm Beach blend in with the other cars on the road, but you'll be able to recognize them because they have the letters “TX” in their license plates. Still, most tourists find it more convenient to call ahead and have a taxi pick them up at a certain place and at a specific time. The concierge at your hotel will typically be able to arrange taxi services for you, but it is helpful to have the numbers of local taxi services on hand in case you are out and about in need of a ride. Taxis are often easily found around resorts, the beach, and other attractions, but it can't hurt to be prepared.
See the following chart for a list of taxi companies serving Palm Beach.
|(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|
|--||Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort Aruba - Eagle Beach|
|--||Ling & Sons Iga Super Center - 1.9 mi. (3.1 km) Northwest of Oranjestad|
Most taxis services are happy to set up a pre-arranged schedule so that you always have a cab ready and waiting for you to take you where you need to go.
In Palm Beach, taxis are not metered. Instead, they have rates that were set in advance by the local taxi association that take into account where you are traveling from and to. The rates are charged to the entire car, rather than by person, so for example, if you take a cab ride that costs $20(USD), everyone in the car can choose to split the fare, or one person can pay for everyone. Up to five people are allowed in each vehicle.
...taxis are not metered...
If you are taking a cab to or from the airport, each person in the vehicle is allowed to store one piece of luggage and one carry on item in the trunk. Anything beyond that will cost an additional $2(USD) per piece. Those who need to make use of the trunk, but are not traveling to or from the airport will pay a flat $3(USD) feel. Most extras cost an additional $3(USD). For example, if you need to take a cab between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., on a holiday, or on a Sunday, it will cost you an extra $3(USD), and if you ask the driver to wait on you while you run an errand, it's an extra $3(USD) per five minute interval. Instead of letting the clock run, you also have the option of hiring your driver for $45(USD) an hour. One thing that is unique about taxis in Palm Beach is that they take great pride in caring for their vehicles. If you get into the cab wet or dirty, and it in turn gets the seat wet or dirty, you will be charged $50(USD) to pay for cleaning or repairing the seat.
Curious what taxis cost? Take a look at the following array of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 7.00||Palm Beach||Noord|
|$ 11.00||Palm Beach||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 36.00||Palm Beach||San Nicolas|
|$ 8.00||Palm Beach||Eagle Beach|
|$ 25.00||Palm Beach||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 14.00||Malmok||Palm Beach|
|$ 10.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 9.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Noord|
|$ 34.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||San Nicolas|
|$ 8.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Eagle Beach|
|$ 22.00||Bubali Bird Sanctuary||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
|$ 20.00||Papillon Restaurant||San Nicolas|
|$ 20.00||Papillon Restaurant||Noord|
|$ 16.00||Papillon Restaurant||Downtown Oranjestad|
|$ 20.00||Papillon Restaurant||Eagle Beach|
|$ 18.00||Papillon Restaurant||Reina Beatrix International Airport|
If you'll spend the bulk of your Aruban vacation in Palm Beach, it is a good idea to skip over a rental car for your whole stay, and instead hire a cab to get you to your restaurant reservations or the beach. The system is well regulated and easy to understand, and the drivers are friendly, making everyone feel at ease when this is the decision they have made.
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