Cost of Hiring a private driver

Old Jul 25th, 2002, 08:04 AM
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Cost of Hiring a private driver

Staying in Ocho Rios week of August, and everyone seems to suggest hiring a private driver to see the real Jamaica, can anyone suggest an amonu I should expect to pay for a private driver for a trip to Montego Bay, and secondly for another trip to Negril for family of five.
Old Jul 25th, 2002, 08:12 AM
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Decide what you want to see for fun, talk to your hotel people about setting you up with a taxi driver and they can call them and inquire as to the cost. Jamaica is a very festive island where history runs deep. We went from MoBay to Rose Hall one day and to Dunn's River another day. Don't recall what we spent, but I don't remember it being a lot.
Old Jul 26th, 2002, 02:35 AM
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Hiring a private driver is a good idea to see more of Jamaica. But I would not suggest to ask the hotel reception, they will probably get you a driver for about US$ 250 for the day. <BR>If you are a little more adventurous, you should go out on the street or even ask the taxi drivers outside the hotel for a special deal and you will be able to get a rate of about US$ 50 for the day, depending on how far you are going. Well, five people of course is a lot for a normal car - only if you do not mind being squeezed together. Negril is very far from Ocho Rios, it is not really a great idea for a day trip. I would rather go the other way, direction Port Antonio. Please ask the driver to drive slowly - Jamaicans are crazy drivers.
Old Jul 27th, 2002, 03:41 AM
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Though Carolyn Barrett will be out of the country until 23 August, talk to Errol Barrett at Barrett Adventures ([email protected]), Rebecca Wiersma of Treasure Tours ([email protected]) or perhaps Andrea Tomlinson ([email protected]). It's a long haul to Negril from Ochee;you may want to consider an overnight. Instead of MoBay, you might do better to plan a daytrip through Port Maria to Port Antonio. Or from Ochee up into the mountains to Christiana and Mandeville.
Old Jul 27th, 2002, 03:53 AM
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P.S. For 5 people, you will definitely want a private insured driver and 6-12 passenger van.<BR>Jamaica is cracking down hard on uninsured drivers so a taximan or driver off the street is not a good bet.<BR>US$50/day is an unreasonably low quote except for a gypsycab-style driver who won't necessarily understand what kind of 'real Jamaica' you seek outside of Dunn's River Falls and the tourist places --US$150/day and up is far more credible for 5, depending on how far and where you go.<BR>The Rough Guide to Jamaica and the International Travel Map of Jamaica ,the latter published in Vancouver but available in US are the best pre-trip planning tools around--the map also being the latest/best and NOT available on island. But a top-notch certified/licensed guide to take you off the beaten track is invaluable
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