Some but not all of Jamaica's taxis are metered. If you accept a driver's offer of his services as a tour guide, be sure to agree on a price before the vehicle is put into gear. (Note that a one-day tour should run about $150 to $200, in U.S. dollars, depending on distance traveled.) All licensed taxis display red Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV) plates. Your hotel concierge can call a taxi for you, or you can flag one down on the street. Rates are per car, not per passenger, and 25% is added to the rate between midnight and 5 am. Licensed minivans are also available and bear the red PPV plates. JUTA is the largest taxi franchise, with offices in most resort areas.
JCAL Tours. 876/952–7574; 876/952–8277; www.jcaltours.com.
JUTA Montego Bay. 876/952–0813; www.jutatoursltd.com.
Pat's Car Rental and Taxi. Based in Savanna-La-Mar in the parish of Westmoreland, Pat's offers pickup and delivery of rental cars to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Rates are competitive, and they also can provide a driver and tour services. Reservations can be made online. 5 Lewis St., Westmoreland, New Hampshire. 876/918–0431; 876/955–3335; 917/829–6532; www.patscarrentaljamaica.com.