AtÂ Barbados airport, the fares to the various island destinations are posted on a board outside the arrivals area. I made sureÂ that my taxi driver knew the fare to my destination and whether I wouldÂ be paying him in US or East Caribbean dollars.
From Melville Hall in Dominica the fare to Roseau, the capital, is US$50 for the 1.5 hour trip. However, there are never many taxis at the airport, so this scarcity might raise the price.
When IÂ arrived at VC Bird airport in Antigua, I headedÂ to the taxi dispatcher, who wrote outÂ a receipt for me so that both myselfÂ and the driver knew exactly what fare I wouldÂ be paying, and in which currency, before I beganÂ my journey.Â For example, the tripÂ to English Harbour cost US$31.
On St. Kitts, most hotels are only aÂ US$10 ride from the airport. I stayed at Timothy Beach and it took about 15 minutes to get there from the airport. During my stay on St. Kitts IÂ hired a taxi for the afternoon to take me to the Brimstone Hill Fortress and the driver charged me $50 including the two hours he waitedÂ for me.
In Curacao, from the airport to Willemstad would have cost between $20 and $40 depending on which taxi driver I spokeÂ to. There’s no real need to buy any local currency either as I paidÂ for everything on the island in US Dollars.
On St Vincent, the journey from the airport to the capital Kingstown takes about 10 minutes and can be done for $10.
On St. Lucia, there are two airports. Caribbean flights arrive at Castries and itÂ cost meÂ US$50 to travel from here to Soufriere. Hewanorra is where the BA flight to Gatwick leavesÂ from and it will cost US$40 to get here from Soufriere. When IÂ arrived at this airport, there wereÂ no planes around but don’t worry as the BA flight starts in Trinidad and justÂ picks up people on St. Lucia.
Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found athttp://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734