Post # 1
Hi Bees! Happy Thursday, its nearly the weekend!
For those of you who went to an all-inclusive resort that did not provide airport transfers — did you book your taxi ahead of time or did you simply get one when you arrived at the airport? I’m pretty clueless when it comes to stuff like this 🙂
Also…how much did you have to spend on your transfer/taxi?
Post # 3
It was offered as an addition to our package when booking online so I reserved when we booked. FI and I would be too concerned just taking a taxi in a forgeign country. The AI were going to is about 30 miles from Cancun airport and I believe it was $40/each for roundtrip transfers on a shuttle bus with other passengers.
Post # 4
We usually stay at places that provide it but last time we didn’t, we hired a private driver, not a taxi, that we booked ahead of time. We settled on a price and we payed half to resort then the other half on the way back.
if you grab a taxi make sure you negotiate the price before you get in and make sure it’s a real taxi.
Where are you going?
Post # 5
I prefer having something pre-booked just because it’s nice to not have to worry about that stuff right off a flight. It really depends on where you’re going and if the taxis are safe there though. Where are you planning on?
Post # 6
When Mr TTR & I travel if the Hotel / Resort doesn’t offer a Transfer (Car or Shuttle) we usually just take care of it on our own when we are ready to leave the Airport.
Here are my TIPS:
1- Check with your Hotel to confirm that they DON’T indeed offer the service shortly before you go (things can change… they may advertise NO… but have hired a Driver / Service recently)
2- If they say NO ask if they know approx how much the Transfer should cost you… and if they have any recommendations of a Service
3- Check in with the Travel Forum on TripAdvisor (there is one for just about every imaginable Destination in the world), to see if anyone there has any experience or recommendations for the Resort you are headed to. They may also tell you the rate they recently paid. OR that the particular City / Country you are flying to has “fixed rates” based on Destinations (not metered cabs). So in this way you will know what to expect being on your own / and not get ripped off by a Driver taking the “poor unsuspecting tourist” for a ride / scam. For example, when Mr TTR & I were in San Juan, we knew ahead of time that the City operates with fixed rates… we knew exactly how much we should be paying for a cab to our Hotel / Resort.
And lastly, unless you do your Homework it is hard to tell you what to expect in regards to the AI that YOU are considering for you Honeymoon. As every Destination is different. Many Caribbean Islands have just ONE International Airport… and the AI Hotel / Resort could be ANYWHERE on the Island… be that a 10 Minute drive… or one of several hours (like St Lucia for example).
You honestly need to do your homework so you know what to expect and don’t get ripped off.
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
We are going to Secrets St. James in Montego Bay Jamaica. We booked it last November. I emailed the resort yesterday and they told me they don’t offer airport transfers/shuttles like Sandals does, but said that they have a $300 round trip limousine service available. HAH. Yeah right. They did also say that I should contact Amstar (never heard of it) because they do transfer, and they are listed on Sangster International Airport’s website.
The airport also has two approved taxi services, but that is where I was confused as to whether we’d be fine just getting a taxi at the counter after we get through Customs, but now I’m kinda thinking we should play it safe and book one in advance just in case. My FI and I are a little leery of having to get a taxi in a foreign country so that’s why its been on my mind the last few days.
& I’m aware of the bad review of Secrets on the Bee right now, but as we’ve already booked it and Trip Advisor has overall good reviews, I’m not too worried because anywhere you go some people will have a bad experience while others will have a good one. Just depends. Oh and also because we got a great deal on it and airfare on Expedia. 🙂
Post # 8
@literary_chic: My FI and are going to Jamacia in July and we ended up booking a private car after a coworker of my FI said it was well worth it. It’s round trip so you don’t have to worry about trying to book a taxi when you are ready to leave, they will be there to pick you up when you are ready to go. Amstar is a shuttle service, but I believe they only do private cars. This might help:
On the Sangster International Airport website there is information about two taxi company that you can contact before hand. Also, there is desk that you can visit when you get there that will get you connected with a taxi. http://www.mbjairport.com/taxi-cabs
This might be useful to you:
This will let you know if it is a legit cab or not.
I hope this helps 🙂
Post # 9
@literary_chic: I used AmStar from the Punta Cana airport to our resort and it was great. I think it was $40 round trip each (to the resort from the airport, then they picked us up to take us back).
Post # 10
$300 is ludacris!
there are plenty cabs at the airport, the ones with the red license plates are legit! Negotiate a price before you get in the cab.
we use a private driver for our transfers and excursions. It costs us $100 round trip to and from Negril so it would be much less for you. If you go on trip advisor jamaica message board on the top right I think there is THE LIST of reputable drivers for the area. We use Kingsley James and we can always count on him to pick us up on time. he is awesome. He waits for us when we arrive and takes our luggage, he has rum punch or beer waiting for us in the car for the drive included in your price, he will take you wherever you want to go or make any stops you want on the way. We use him for excursions too which is great.
The he trip advisor messes board has a wealth of knowledgeable people to answer your questions