Although taxis are pretty easy to call throughout Curacao, Willemstad is such a busy tourist destination that it is entirely possible to get by using this service alone. If you have plans to stick close to your hotel with perhaps just a day of extensive sightseeing and want to avoid renting a car, this may be the best option for you.
Anywhere that there is tourist activity you can expect to find a taxi in Willemstad. This means the airport, outside of popular , in major shopping areas and restaurants, and along the coast where the best beaches are. If by chance you are unable to locate a taxi on the street, you can call the main taxi office at 599-9-869-0747. This is also the best place to call for updated fares. Taxis are easy to recognize because they usually have signs reading “TAXI” on top of the vehicle, and their license plates will have “TX” at the start of the tag number.
Taxi rates in Willemstad have been standardized by the government, but it is still a good idea to ask your driver how much it will cost you to get to your desired destination before you take off. There are no meters here, but most people agree that prices are reasonable. If you have the chance to review a rate chart, you'll see that fares are quoted for four passengers, and if you have any additional people traveling with you it will cost another 25 percent of the total. There will also be an additional charge if you have extra luggage or if you're traveling between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Some drivers are also willing to take passengers on tours of the island for about $40(USD) per hour for four passengers. This price is negotiable, so make sure to settle on the fee before you head out. Drivers here do not expect a trip, but a gratuity of 10 percent of the bill or more is always welcome.
The following chart provides a few cab fares for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 40.00 - $ 50.00||Hato International Airport||Piscadera|
|$ 40.00 - $ 50.00||Hato International Airport||Punda|
|$ 40.00 - $ 50.00||Hato International Airport||Otrabanda|
|$ 80.00 - $ 100.00||Hato International Airport||Westpunt|
|$ 40.00 - $ 50.00||Hato International Airport||Downtown Willemstad|
|$ 50.00 - $ 87.50||Hato International Airport||Jan Thiel|
|$ 45.00 - $ 56.25||Hato International Airport||Pampoen Beach|
In Willemstad, taxis are easy to find and very dependable. If you're looking to skip renting a car, this is a service you can rely on to get you around the city and even the rest of the island.
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