For many, taxis will be the way they get around the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. This method of transportation is preferred over rental cars for those who will only be on the island a short time (such as day trippers and cruise passengers), tourists who plan to spend the bulk of their vacation on resort or hotel property, and for those who don't feel comfortable driving in an unfamiliar place.
Taxis on St. Croix tend to congregate in a few specific areas. You'll almost always be able to find them at the airport in Christiansted, at the cruise ship port in Frederiksted, outside of major resorts, and at ferry terminals. Taxis on the island are actually six to 12 passenger vans rather than four passenger cars, and will stop along their route to pick up more passengers until the vehicle is full. If you want a private cab, you will be responsible for paying the fare price for four seats.
Taxis are recognizable by the dome light or taxi sign on the roof, plus the letters “TX” in the license plate. This will help you to identify a cab when you're out and about and need to get someone to pick you up. You can also head to a taxi stand on Strand Street in Frederiksted or King Street in Christiansted, or call and have a cab delivered to you.
If you're unable to find a taxi, or simply want one to pick you up from your location, you can call one of these local cab companies:
|(340) 773-5020||1 King Street - Christiansted|
|(340) 277-1118||St. Croix|
|--||108 La Grande Princesse - Sion Farm|
|(340) 773-6388||53 Kings Street - Christiansted|
|(340) 772-4775||54 Two Brothers - Frederiksted|
|(340) 718-7007||Golden Rock Shopping Center - Golden Rock|
|(340) 778-8392||St. Croix|
|(340) 771-0195||St. Croix|
|(340) 514-4600||St. Croix|
|St. Croix Taxi Association||(340) 778-1088||Henry E. Rohlsen Airport - Christiansted|
|(340) 772-3333||104-D Whim - St. Croix|
St. Croix is also known to have something called a “gypsy taxi.” These taxis are actually run illegally by locals offering rides in their personal vehicle. They are no regulated by the Virgin Islands Taxi Association and people can be scammed by them. Make sure you have a legal driver by asking to see his registration card if it isn't already displayed on the dash board as it should be.
The standardization and regulation of taxis on St. Croix make this method of transportation an easy choice. For starters, rates are set by the Virgin Islands Taxi Association rather than metered. Rates appear at the airport and on a rate card that each driver will have on hand. This means there is no room for negotiation or haggling, and tourists can be sure they won't be taken advantage of. Rates are set based upon where the trip originates and where it is going, in addition to how many passengers are riding and they are charged per person.
There are some charges in addition to the base price that passengers should be aware of. This includes luggage, which is $2(USD) per parcel, $20 to $30(USD) to transport a pet kennel, $1(USD) per minute after the first five minutes when a cab has to wait on you, and an additional $2(USD) per person for taking a cab between midnight and 6:00 a.m. You can also arrange a tour of the island via a taxi company on St. Croix. These trips and rates vary by taxi company, but on average you can expect to spend $100 on a three hour tour for four in which the driver will take you along a set route and stop at important spots, providing his or her narration about the culture and history of the island.
This chart shows some taxi rates for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 10.00 - $ 12.50||Christiansted||Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa|
|$ 24.00||Downtown Christiansted||Frederiksted|
|$ 15.00||Downtown Christiansted||Great Pond|
|$ 12.00||Downtown Christiansted||Coakley Bay Ruins|
|$ 24.00||Downtown Christiansted||Cane Bay Beach|
|$ 16.00||Downtown Christiansted||Henry E Rohlsen Airport|
|$ 8.00||Downtown Christiansted||Golden Rock Shopping Center|
|$ 22.00||Downtown Christiansted||Salt River Bay National Historic Park And Ecological Preserve|
|$ 15.00||Downtown Christiansted||Estate Mount Washington Plantation|
|$ 15.00||Downtown Christiansted||Solitude Bay|
|$ 12.00||Downtown Christiansted||Sunny Isle Shopping Center|
|$ 15.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino|
|$ 9.00 - $ 10.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa|
|$ 12.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Henry E Rohlsen Airport|
|$ 4.00 - $ 4.50||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Butler Bay|
|$ 15.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Estate Mount Washington Plantation|
|$ 20.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Sunny Isle Shopping Center|
|$ 27.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Davis Bay|
|$ 11.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Butler Bay Nature Preserve|
|$ 3.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||La Grange|
|$ 8.00||Henry E Rohlsen Airport||Cane Bay|
|$ 12.00 - $ 13.00||Coakley Bay Beach||Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa|
|$ 10.00||Henry E Rohlsen Airport||Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino|
|$ 8.50 - $ 9.00||Henry E Rohlsen Airport||Tamarind Reef Hotel|
|$ 20.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Sion Farm|
|$ 15.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Grove Place|
|$ 10.00||Ann E. Abramson Pier||Saint George Village Botanical Gardens|
|$ 10.00 - $ 11.00||Sprat Hall Beach||Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa|
Whether you've hired a cab for a tour or a ride to your dinner reservation, a tip is a great way to show your appreciation for the driver's service. Plan to spend between 10 and 15 percent of the final bill tipping your driver.
Friendly drivers, set prices, and numerous other regulations makes taxi services on St. Croix a dependable means of transportation.
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