Tip: Taxis Vs Renting a Car in Antigua – Renting a car wins !
One of the main drawbacks of an Antigua vacation is the cost of Taxis. Gasoline isn’t particularly expensive in Antigua.
Renting a car for a week doing a lot of driving expect to pay about $100 ECD (approx $37USD) in fuel. So you can see from the board here at the Halcyon Cove shows the high prices of Taxis but renting a car there are big savings to be made. Going to the 1st Choice supermarket just up the road is $20 USD as an example.
The sad thing is that what happens is the following:
- Tourists stay in resort more, depriving Antiguan’s of their ability to make from tourism.
- Taxi drivers work less and possibly earn the same (I’m guessing the government win more though)
- The tourist sees less of Antigua and enjoys the holiday differently – they might as well be in a Cuban or Dominican Republic resort at half the cost.
Our recommendation is to take a rental car from a reliable company, see here and book yours now.
Taking the bus in Antigua
Local Antiguan minivans cost a fraction of the price and can be hailed from the side of the main roads, expect to pay just a few ECD but you will be in hot cramped spaces and have to wait sometimes a good 40 minutes. There are some routes that are better than others the route from Jolly Harbour is good into St Johns as an example.