Taxis are easy to come by in Simpson Bay. This is especially true during the height of tourist season when cabs are making the rounds throughout the island bringing cruise ship and ferry passengers who will only be visiting for a few hours to all of the major hot spots.
Finding a taxi to get around Simpson Bay shouldn't be that difficult. Although the vehicles blend in with private cars on the street, you'll be able to recognize cabs because the license plate says the word “TAXI” at the beginning of the tag. Checking the plate is also a great way to ensure you're traveling in a licensed vehicle. If you can't seem to find a taxi while you're out and about, you can always call a local operator and have a driver pick you up.
If you would rather call ahead for a cab to meet you at a predetermined time and location, you can get in touch with any of these local taxi agencies.
|(721) 546-7759||Princess Juliana International Airport - 1.0 mi. (1.7 km) West-Northwest of Simpson Bay|
|(059) 087-5765||St. James Low Town - Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-9725||Downtown Marigot|
|(059) 087-8828||La Savane - Downtown Marigot|
The cost of taking a taxi in Simpson Bay is determined by the government. The island is split up into zones, and you'll have to take a look at the rate chart and view your starting and arrival points to see how much you'll pay. Your driver will have this on hand, as will many hotels and popular tourist spots. The fares you see on these charts are based on two riders. If you're traveling with a larger group, it will cost an extra $4(USD) per person.
There are also a few additional fees to consider as you plan your budget. Luggage is $1(USD) per piece, and if you need a ride over night you'll pay an extra 25 percent between 10:00 p.m. and midnight, and an extra 50 percent from midnight to 6:00 a.m. Make sure to leave room to tip your drive for their good service – 15 percent or more is common here.
The following table shows a few taxi fares for the area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 22.00 - $ 25.50||Princess Juliana International Airport||Guana Bay|
|$ 20.00 - $ 23.00||Princess Juliana International Airport||Point Blanche|
|$ 30.00 - $ 34.50||Princess Juliana International Airport||Orient Bay|
|$ 18.00 - $ 20.50||Princess Juliana International Airport||Philipsburg|
|$ 30.00 - $ 34.50||Princess Juliana International Airport||Oyster Pond|
|$ 30.00 - $ 34.50||Princess Juliana International Airport||Grand-Case|
|$ 18.00 - $ 20.50||Princess Juliana International Airport||Downtown Marigot|
|$ 7.00 - $ 8.00||Princess Juliana International Airport||Maho Reef|
|$ 15.00 - $ 17.25||Princess Juliana International Airport||Cole Bay|
Local taxi services come highly recommended for tourists, so, if you're leaning towards skipping a rental and letting drivers from Simpson Bay get you around, this is a decision you can make with confidence.
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