In Montego Bay there are several taxis and tours operators, that transfer many people each day from Montego Bay airport to villas, hotels, resorts, private homes, cabins and cottages. So how do you know which ground transportation is the best? Or which one is safe? Or which one to trust? Which one paid their car insurance? Which one is license to transfer passengers?
Here are a few pointers:
Montego Bay Airport Taxi – Many people don’t want to be bothered with shopping around for a taxi when they arrive or before they arrive on the internet, so they clear custom in Jamaica, and go directly to the taxi stand and request a taxi to their destination. These guys are all licensed and insured to move incoming passengers to their various location. So what is the drawback? Their are very expensive, because they operator at the airport and must pay higher fees. Therefore, if you would like to support these operators, they are as qualified as any other operators.
Hotel/Airfare/Transportation – If you don’t mind waiting for others to arrive before the bus can leave, then this is the way to go. Here is the drawback. If you are the first to arrive, your wait can be very long. Since it is bundled with your airfare/hotel, it is very difficult to separate the cost. Therefore, unless you don’t mind paying the extra for private transfer, this is the best way to go. Note to those that say, “The hotel offers free transfer” Please. There are no free transfer between the airport and your hotel. It is bundled in the total (airfare and hotel ) cost.
Private Transfer – There are several private transfers that can be arranged in advance by phone, or via their websites. These companies are competitors, but they all have the same things in common.
1) There are members of JUTA ( Jamaica Union of Travelers Association) and they all are required to have vehicles certain years old, license with JTB (Jamaica Tourist Board), updated car insurance, and must have a red plate on their vehicles. Once you land in Jamaica you will see vehicles everywhere with JUTA on the front and the back of each vehicles with two letters and a numbers. The letters represent their chapter affiliation. Such as LC is Lucea Chapter, NC is Negril, and so forth. The number represent the next number available for membership.
2) These members are all independent contractors, and many of them have their own private airport transfer website business, apart from contracting with hotels through Montego Bay, Ocho rios, Falmouth, Lucea, and Negril JUTA chapter. Then there are two other private membership. JCAL and MaxiTours
3) Many of the private internet businesses are listed on TripAdvisor, and they rely receiving great reviews from their customers.
4) All of these companies compete on price. Because all other services are constant.
So how do you choose which one is right for you? You shop around until you find one that meets your need and your personality. All the private transfers with JUTA, Maxitours and JCAL, offers the same level of services, and all at the same price. Therefore, the next time you want a private transfer. Choose a company, asked other customers for their option, and go with your feelings. Chances are you will never go wrong.
by Diana Walsh