Visiting Bermuda and want to a rent a car? Think again! Cars were not introduced to the island until 1946 and only Bermuda residents are allowed to drive around these densely populated islands. The narrow winding lanes and 36km/h (20 mph) speed limit would quickly bring Bermuda to a standstill if 300,000 annual visitors took to the wheel for leisurely self-drive sightseeing tours around the island! Also, as all cars have to be imported with steep import duties, they are prohibitively expensive. When it comes to getting around Bermuda, one of the more convenient options is usually by taxi.
Bermuda currently has a population of just over 64,000. With a total land area of 53 square km (20 square miles), it makes Bermuda the 9th most densely populated area on earth. The arrival of a cruise ship in port suddenly deposits a further 4,000+ eager tourists and crew, flooding Bermuda’s charming small towns and amenities. This is where local buses and taxis provide an invaluable transport service, keeping vehicles to a minimum and providing an important source of work for Bermuda residents.
C&C Cab Services
There are plenty of taxi companies in Bermuda to choose from, and most drivers are knowledgeable and helpful. Many taxi drivers on the islands take their job seriously but are in the cab driving business as a hobby or retirement job. However, one taxi business stands out from the pack, making your Taxi needs their full-time job. Meet Cal and C&C Cab Services!
Cal, which is short for Calvelette, comes from a family of cab drivers. Her father and uncles quickly drew her into the business as soon as she was legally old enough to drive. Her smiling face, dry sense of humor and jovial demeanor are all evidence that despite many years of service, she still loves her work (and the island!) with a passion.
Taxi driving in Bermuda is certainly not easy, as Cal explains. She gets up at 4:30 am and gets all her paperwork in order before most of her potential passengers are even awake! By 6 am, she is starting her shift and every day and every trip is different. Sometimes she has advance bookings for residents heading to the airport or needing to get from A to B. Other bookings may be to take visitors on a guided tour of the islands, acting as a knowledgeable local guide. The rest of the day is filled with spontaneous trips. There’s certainly never a dull moment or a “typical” day.
Cal works until 10 pm with a meal break and siesta between 4 and 6 pm. Despite putting in a full 14-16 hours work, she rarely has a day off. Clearly, her passion is people; driving passengers around and making them feel a little special as she offers them her smiling service.
While many city taxi drivers in other parts of the world may seem unsafe for a woman, Cal says the opposite is true in Bermuda. She says she has never felt afraid and feels it is a safe vocation for her as a Bermudian woman. When it comes to job equality, women are just as capable of running a taxi business as men, and one of the attractions of Bermuda is the low crime rate.
Taxi Trips and Guided Tours Around Bermuda
Like most taxi drivers on the island, Cal is licensed to provide guided tours of Bermuda’s beautiful sights as well as doing regular pick-ups. Who better than an enthusiastic local to acquaint visitors with the must-see highlights and hidden gems that Bermuda has to offer?
Many visitors arrive by cruise ship and a scenic tour of Bermuda by taxi is the perfect way to capture the main sights when you only have a few hours on the island. It’s wise to book ahead to be sure of getting a taxi tour with a professional driver such as Cal to really get the most from your visit.
For more information, contact Cal or one of her drivers at 441-504-1591 or email C&C Cab Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. They accept advanced bookings and offer 24-hour services on weekends.