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Do NOT take the white tourist vans, catch a yellow cab truck

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Do NOT take the white tourist vans, catch a yellow cab truck

We had a bad experience with the white tourismo vans so I want to warn future tourists. We got off the water taxi from Almirante to Bocas town and were aggressively attacked by people trying to get us to take the white tourists vans. We read on previous TA reports that our taxi should be 1$ per person to our destination but the van said 3$ per person. A taxi pulled up and offered 1$ per person so we were going to go with him but the white van person said he would take us for the same price but when we arrived at our destination he demanded 2$ per person...was going to call the police if we didn't pay. It was a stressful start to our vacation here so do NOT feel pressured to take the white vans. Every yellow taxi driver in Bocas was fair, honest and nice. DO NOT take the white tourismo vans unless you want to pay more than necessary.

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1. Re: Do NOT take the white tourist vans, catch a yellow cab truck

Strange. You should have said call the police, Then he would have taken a dollar. There are lots of "white vans" It is not a company. You would have just as much chance as having a taxi driver do the same thing. You just need to stand your ground. Or call the cops yourself. Where was your destination??? In town it is .60 cents per person. 1 dollar after the Smithsonian 1.20 to the "Y" and 2 dollars to Big Creek and then up from there.

Edited: 15 December 2013, 04:15
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2. Re: Do NOT take the white tourist vans, catch a yellow cab truck

Yes go ahead and have him call the cops, a standard ploy for taxi drivers when they try to overcharge and a customer hesitates, have never heard a cabbie actually do it.

3. Re: Do NOT take the white tourist vans, catch a yellow cab truck

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