Posted October 20th, 2005, 03:36 PM
We grabbed a water taxi from the ship to Medano beach for $12 for 3 of us (I think). I don't feel like that was a great deal. On Medano beach we later negotiated a glass bottom taxi for the three of us to see the arch and the sea lions (it was great because they get very close), drop us off at Lover's Beach and come back to pick us up, all for $20 (total, round trip). When he dropped us off at Lover's Beach, he tried to insist on payment in full. I refused to do that, and paid him half, telling him I would pay the rest on the return trip. He wasn't happy, but didn't force the issue beyond that. I forgot to mention in our original agreement that we would need dropped off at the Marina instead of returning to Medano. So he took the opportunity to charge an extra $2/person for that; I was no longer in a position to negotiate.
Be sure to negotiate; they will start much higher than they will accept. Both times we cut the original asking price almost in half. It helps if there is another taxi close by that you can start to walk over to. They seem to like the per person price too, even though the trip costs them the same regardless of how many they have. We did not use the land taxis, so cannot comment on that.