Our Favorite Anguilla Taxi
Frank and Me... The Best Anguilla Taxi Service
When I travel, what really makes my trip special, is getting to meet and hang out with the local people ... especially if they are as warm and welcoming as they are in Anguilla.
I first met Frank when he picked me up at my hotel one morning and drove me to the Paradise Cove resort where I was staying to attend a conference.
It was around a 20 minute trip ... but it seemed to wizz by in 5 minutes .... we chatted the whole way ... he told me about his years living in Canada and how Anguilla (his birth country) beckoned him home; he played me his favorite "spanish music" (I live in Spain); and he gave me some tips about traveling alone in Anguilla (I am female and was travelling alone).
He was just a genuinely nice guy!
When I got to my destination, Frank gave me his card and told me to call him if I ever needed a taxi in Anguilla.
Low and behold the next evening after our first day of conference, a group of us decided to go to Elvis' and someone asked the question .... "anyone have the number for a taxi??"
So, I whipped out Frank's number and gave him a call. It was late, maybe around 11pm, and Frank had already finished work for the day and was at home relaxing. But to my amazement he said "sure, I'll just get dressed and be there soon!".
20 or so minutes later Frank turned up and drove us all to Elvis'. There was about 9 or 10 in our group, but that wasn't a problem, as Frank drives a large vehicle that can carry around 10 or so passengers.
We had a great time at Elvis', but the best thing was that we didn´t have to worry about how to get back to the hotel ... as Frank told us he would wait for us until we were ready and drive us back. He had to wait until 2am! But he took it all in his stride, no complaints, and made sure we got back safe and sound.
I was then nominated the conference "taxi coordinator" ... but Frank made that job real easy! We called him every night for the duration of the conference to drive us to our chosen restaurant, wait for us to finish our meal, and drive us back to the hotel.
I would definitely recommend Frank's Anguilla Taxi Service, tel 264-497-4238 or cell 264-235-4238.
If only all the taxi drivers in Europe were like Frank!
Nori's Reply: I am so happy to hear of your positive experience, Susana. Anguillians are so kind and warm-hearted by nature.
Was it expensive, Susana?
From what I have heard, it is difficult to find not only a genuine and nice taxi owner in Anguilla, but one that also doesn't over-charge. Here is a guideline for standard rates...
- A ride from Blowing Point (where the Anguilla ferry comes in) to Cap Juluca will run you over $25 for two people
- A ride from Cap Juluca to Shoal Bay will cost over $30 for two people
- A ride to Sandy Ground from Cap Juluca will cost you over $20 for two people
- $5 for every extra person
- $1 for each piece of luggage (after 2 pieces of luggage)
- If you are traveling between 6pm and midnight, there is a $4 charge.
- If you are taking a taxi between midnight and 6am, there is a $10 extra charge
All of these charges can start adding up, especially when you consider that you have to travel "to" the restaurant/beach/bar and "back" to your hotel.
This is one of the reasons why so many visitors to Anguilla opt to rent an Anguilla car
. Yes, you must drive on the left hand side of the road. And yes, you must buy a driver's license (it's inexpensive and an easy process). But, you ultimately save hundreds of dollars at the end of your vacation, and have total freedom to explore Anguilla.
For those short trips between bars and restaurants though, taxi services certainly come in handy, but can come at a relatively high price.
Judging by the comment below though, it sounds like Frank's Anguilla Taxi Service is very reasonable and the way to go!