Author: Debbie (---.sip.asm.bellsouth.net)
Date: 04-14-09 20:49
"you pay because you dont want drama or trouble." Why make drama? Just ask questions and make your point gently. The friendlier you are, the more likely you are to get your way. Get to know the taxi drivers personally on the way to Flamenco and ask if the prices are the same on the return. Armed with the correct info, they are not going to turn you away if you press them on it and remind them of the earlier conversation. You would likely argue these points in the mainland States if you felt like you were being swindled; why not on Culebra? Example - I and three friends got a taxi in Atlanta last Thursday afternoon, and as we pulled out onto Peachtree one of our party noticed that the meter wasn't running. He pushed the point - there is no flat rate service in Buckhead - he pushed the point until we came up with an agreed rate. Had the four of us been tourists, the taxi driver may have gotten away with charging whatever he wanted. To me, it's the same as safety in a foreign place - act as you would and be as aware as you would be at home.
And apologies - my responses were to CindyT, not the original poster.