Home to the busiest of St. Lucia's two airports, Vieux Fort also has one of the highest concentration of taxis readily available. From those who need to hire airport transfers to get them to their hotel to visitors who are planning to skip renting a car in favor of letting a local driver get them around, there is no reason not to recommend this service to tourists.
Don't worry if you aren't immediately able to tell taxis in Vieux Fort apart from private vehicles on the street. This doesn't mean there aren't any in around, it just means you've discovered that taxis here aren't painted a different color or marked in very noticeable ways so that you can quickly recognize them. What you'll have to do is look for the red letters "TX" at the beginning of the license plate tag, as well as seek out vehicles that have the word "TAXI" printed either on the windshield or one of the doors. You'll find taxis usually hang around the airport, the beaches, resorts, and restaurants, but if you can't find one while you're out and about you can always head to the nearest taxi stand or call for a driver to pick you up.
If you can't seem to find a cab, or would prefer having one pick you up from your location, you can call one of the following taxi agencies:
|(758) 454-6136||Hewanorra International Airport - Downtown Vieux Fort|
|Le Paradis Tours & Transfers||(758) 520-3713||Hewanorra International Airport - Vieux Fort|
|Southern Taxi Association||(758) 454-6136||Hewanorra International Airport - Vieux Fort|
|Taxi & Tours in Vieux Fort||(758) 715-1881||Downtown Vieux Fort|
The most important thing to know about riding in a taxi in Vieux Fort is that rates are preset. This means you won't find meters running in any of the cabs and you have no reason to negotiate. The driver will now exactly how much your trip costs based on where he or she picks you up from and where you are traveling to. You can ask to see the rate card and discuss the price with your driver to ensure you are both in agreement about the price. If you'd like to have a better idea of how much it costs to get around the whole island, the Board of Tourism has a complete list for you to pick up whenever you like. You can also look below for an estimate of how much it'll cost to get around Vieux Fort which will be helpful as you work on your budget plan. Don't forget to consider gratuities, which should range around 15 percent of your total bill. For just around $200(USD) for four passengers, you can also hire your driver to take you on a tour of the entire island.
This table shows typical taxi rates for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 75.00 - $ 86.00||Downtown Castries||Downtown Vieux Fort|
|$ 20.50 - $ 29.00||Deshaies||Vieux Fort|
|$ 70.00||Castries||Hewanorra International Airport|
|$ 90.00 - $ 104.00||Hewanorra International Airport||Rodney Bay|
|$ 70.00||Hewanorra International Airport||Marigot Bay|
|$ 65.00 - $ 74.75||Hewanorra International Airport||Soufrière|
|$ 25.00 - $ 28.75||Hewanorra International Airport||Balembouche|
|$ 80.00 - $ 92.00||Avis George F.L. Charles Airport||Hewanorra International Airport|
There are lots of different reasons people will choose to hail a cab over renting a car or taking the bus, but the important thing to remember is that the decision is completely up to you. If you're under 25 or just feel more comfortable letting a knowledgeable local get you from place to place, you should definitely consider taxis as your main mode of transportation.
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