Cozumel has some wild taxi driving. The unlicensed and most likely uninsured taxis on St.Thomas are called Gypsy taxis. I stayed on the island several days once. The desk clerk being very nice asked one of the housekeepers to give me a ride to the grocery store as she was getting off work. A nice lady from Nevis. So when she dropped me off at the grocery store I asked her how to call for a taxi back to the hotel. She said not to call a taxi and pay double and to follow her to the Gypsy taxis. So I follow her over to a row of cars parked at the entrance.
She takes me to this lady with a corolla and tells her "Dis man is going shopping and then needs to go back to the hotel". The Gypsy taxi lady proceeds to follow me in the store and push my cart for me. I'm thinking how weird this is. Anyway, I finish shopping while getting an education about why things cost so much there. Well, they didn't have my Skoal at the grocery store, so the Gypsy taxi lady says she knows where has it. I literally had to use hand signs to describe what I was talking about. No problem she says, and she takes me all the way over to the tobacco store at Havensight. Mind you my hotel is near the airport. We then stop at KFC for a bucket and wait 20 minutes.
I'm beginning to wonder if I have enough cash on me to pay this lady for all this. We get back to the hotel and I ask how much do I owe you? She says $12. I'm thinking at least $30. I give her a $20 and tell her to keep it with my thanks. She asks where I need to go tomorrow. I say Red Hook at 9AM, she says she'll be out front waiting for me.
I don't recommend using unlicensed or Gypsy taxis. This lady was so nice to me though I couldn't help but contribute to her income during my stay. Another true story from the Island Archives.