1) When we walked onto the pier the taxi dispatcher funneled us to a waiting taxi van that he said was going to Coki Beach, so the 4 of us got onboard. After a few minutes I realized that we were going the wrong direction and asked where we were going. The driver replied that he was taking us to Coki but we were going via an island tour. There was a couple onboard that he had sold an island tour to before we got onboard. It took us 50 minutes to get to Coki beach... we were not pleased and let him know. When exiting the cab, he was insisting that he would be taking us back. We told him no way, not after what he did to us. There was a beach dispatcher who tried to tell every other taxi driver when we were leaving that we had made arrangements already. Really nuts. So, I would recommend that before you get into a taxi in St. Thomas you make sure the driver is going STRAIGHT to your destination.
2) While on Coki, we got our chairs for $5 each and all was good. We were greeted by a waitress named Christina who worked for a restaurant called Lickety Splits (I believe that is the correct name, but it is close). We told her that we would order lunch in a couple of hours. She brought menu's, and one of us ordered Chicken Fingers for $9 plus $3 for fries, the rest of us ordered jerk chicken sandwiches for $9 plus $3 for fries. High prices, but we were on a beach, right? Well, they arrived and we were appalled. They were served on foam bread and butter plates. The chicken fingers consisted of 4 pieces of chicken the size of thimbles and about 8 fries. The sandwiches looked like the ones that the cruise lines put out for 4 p.m. tea. I immediately said that these are not acceptable for $12 per plate and she quickly shoved them into our hands and said that we ordered them and we needed to pay NOW. I said no. She got very nasty and said we would be in trouble if we did not pay for our food immediately. After bickering with her I finally paid her $48 for the food and she agreed to have the manager come over. She came over a couple of hours later and said that the manager knows he is wrong and would not come.
Now, if we were not on vacation and at home I would have fought this whole thing like crazy but we were trying to have a fun day (which we did). My recommendation is to go directly to a beach restaurant behind the shacks and buy directly from them after you watch the food coming out. I learned that their prices are cheaper and the food is much better. It turns out the wait staff on the beach are independent contractors who go and buy food from places, mark it up and deliver it to you. I am all for helping the local economy and for people being creative with their business but this is a real racket.
I hope this helps at least one other person who goes to Coki beach!
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