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Old 06-17-2014   #46 (permalink)
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Call it lucky but I have yet to come across one bad taxi driver or taxi experience here in Playa.

We've found that if you know enough Spanish to say the address you want to go to in Playa, you're golden. Most of the time drivers don't make too much small talk. They just want to get you to where you need to go and they generally will only strike up a convo if they speak a little English themselves, or they think you speak a bit of Spanish.

We pay no more than 25-30 pesos to get anywhere in town. If you hop in a taxi and start speaking English, you should expect to pay double the price.

Our parents were in town a couple months back and there wasn't one time that they took a taxi that it was less than 50 pesos. That right there proves in itself that speaking enough Spanish to say the roads/intersection you want to be dropped at is crucial if you want to get around by Taxi in Playa.
We don't speak any Spanish, but still only pay the correct fare.
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We don't speak any Spanish, but still only pay the correct fare.
Glad to hear that you've had such success, all while speaking English. If you speak English, you must be pretty straightforward with the driver upon exiting the taxi. If you ask how much, it's all over. Haha!

That being said if you visit Playa more than once or twice, which I assume you have, don't you think it would be beneficial to learn the basics? (numbers, streets, etc)

Please don't take offense to my question. I'm just curious.
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Glad to hear that you've had such success, all while speaking English. If you speak English, you must be pretty straightforward with the driver upon exiting the taxi. If you ask how much, it's all over. Haha!

Straightforward? Yes, if you call handing him/her the correct fare, saying gracias, and closing the door straightforward

That being said if you visit Playa more than once or twice, which I assume you have, don't you think it would be beneficial to learn the basics? (numbers, streets, etc)

Your assumption is correct. Six times. I lied. We've learned the basics, but cannot have a conversation in Spanish.

Please don't take offense to my question. I'm just curious.
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Has there been any more news on the shooting and/or possible kidnapping? Does there seem to be an increased police presence or warning for taxi passengers?
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Has there been any more news on the shooting and/or possible kidnapping? Does there seem to be an increased police presence or warning for taxi passengers?
No. It seems to be more of a warning for taxi drivers not to f' with the cartels.
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This week the police have been running checkpoints just for taxis looking for drugs and whatnot.
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The last two years we've seen checkpoints at 1st & 16 bis. Didn't see as much this year, but last year it was obvious they were targeting a particular make.

Didn't see anyone hauled off, but the whole thing wasn't interesting enough to watch for very long.
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