Home of the Red Hook Ferry Terminal, Red Hook is exactly the type of town where you'll find a decent amount of taxis roaming about. Whether its day-trippers ready to hop off the ferry and head straight to a specific attraction or tourists who will spend all of the time in a resort only to leave the property to see a site or two, taxis are the ideal form of transportation.
Tourists who are used to seeing conformity in their taxi cabs will be a bit confused by what Red Hook calls a taxi. Rather than a four to five passenger luxury vehicle that riders hire to take them on a private trip from one location to another, taxis in Red Hook are typically vans or trucks with bench seating in the bed that will seat about a dozen riders. They are not all the same make and model, nor are they the same color. Instead, tourists will have to check the license plate for the letters “TX” to determine if they vehicle they are about to ride in is legally licensed by the Virgin Islands Taxicab Division.
The following table indicates how to contact local taxi companies.
|(340) 771-4198||52 3A Frydendahl - East End|
|(340) 775-6974||Red Hook|
|(340) 513-4041||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|(340) 473-6550||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
The VI Taxicab Division has made it easy for tourists to determine how much they'll pay to get around Red Hook. Rather than charge by the minute or mile, Red Hook's taxis are regulated by set rates based upon where you are going and how many passengers are riding. Prices are listed per passenger, which means you could fill a van with your spouse and children, yet be responsible for the cost of the trip six times over. Just keep in mind that children three and under ride free, and those between the ages of four and 11 ride at half fare.
Visitors to Red Hook will be able to travel anywhere within its limits for about $4.
In addition to your set rate, there are a few extra charges that riders should be aware of. Each person is allowed to bring one piece of luggage with them when they ride. Anything beyond that and the charge is $1(USD) per piece. Rates go up by $1.50 to $2(USD) from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and if you need to make a stop, it will cost $0.25 a minute after the first 10 minutes for the cab to wait for you.
One thing that most tourists aren't aware of is that you can hire your cab driver to take you on a tour of Red Hook and the rest of St. Thomas. For around $45(USD) per person, you'll get two hours of quality time driving around with a driver who will take the time to explain and allow you to explore any attraction that piques your interest.
Many drivers rely on their tips as a huge portion of their take home pay. If you're driver did his job and did it well, a 10 to 15 percent tip is appreciated.
Getting around Red Hook is easy when you put your trust in a professional that knows the rules of the road and his way around like the back of his hand. As you make your plans for vacationing in Red Hook, consider whether or not using taxis are the ideal form of transportation for you.
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