Driving in St Lucia
On the left (“British”) side of the roads
Driver sits on the right side of the vehicle (opposite of US)
Most roads are unnamed and unmarked
Most homes and stores don’t have street addresses
Roads are narrow, often with steep ditches for drainage
Roads may be only one lane wide in places, such as the roads from Soufriere to the villa
Roads hazards, such as stopped vehicles, pedestrians, dogs, chickens, goats and cattle, are common
There are very few straight sections of roads as the roads follow the contours of the mountains and have frequent hairpin curves
Very few safety barriers on the edges of drop-offs
Most of our guests use our driver, either by hiring him by the day or just for specific trips. Just like a taxi driver, he provides the vehicle (a couple of his vehicles are in the picture) and drives you around. But he is much more than just a driver – he’s a tour guide, an itinerary advisor, a luggage and shopping assistant, and a deterrent to persistent vendors.
Our driver has set prices for trips and zones and a “quantity” discount. You may pay cash (US or local currency accepted) or set up a line of credit with us using a credit card or PayPal account and we’ll pay him for you from that.
driving yourself around
Our guests that prefer an adventure drive themselves around. We recommend a four-wheel drive SUV from DriveAMatic or Cool Breeze. A Jimny Sport is our recommended vehicle for groups of four or less.
The rental company will issue a St. Lucian driving permit at a cost of about $20US to every person that will drive the vehicle. You may use an international driver’s license instead if you have one.
If you decide to drive, we encourage you to hire our driver for your airport pickup so you can become familiar with the roads before you drive them. Many rental companies, including DriveAMatic, will deliver the vehicle to the villa and let you return it to the airport at no extra cost.
|Rent a vehicle and drive yourself if…||Hire a driver/taxi if…|
|You seek adventure. The worse the road the better – you love off-roading!||You want to just relax|
|There are four or less in your group (our recommended vehicle only seats four average-sized people but is ideal for narrow roads and is reasonably priced)||You have four or more people (larger cars are more challenging on narrow roads and can be expensive|
|You want to explore independently||You prefer having a tour guide|
|You don’t mind stopping to ask for directions or will use our directions, bring your own GPS, or use Google maps (offline or international phone service )||You don’t like driving in unfamiliar places where the roads don’t have street addresses, and the idea of being lost in a foreign country sounds intimidating|
|You are going to be out and about every day, or don’t mind paying for a vehicle even on days when you stay at the villa||You want to spend a lot of time at the villa and having Doxie cook for you, and won’t need transportation except for a few days|
|One person will be the designated driver and will abstain from drinking then driving||No one wants the responsibility of being the designated driver|
|You prefer to make your plans for the day while you eat breakfast (or lunch….)||You like to plan ahead a bit on what you’ll do and when|
|Anyone driving will be between the ages of 25 and 65||The driver is under 25 or over 65 (more difficult/expensive for those age groups)|
|You are comfortable driving on the left-hand side of the road||You have not driven on the left side of the road and you don’t look forward to it!|
|Your whole group will be on the same schedule||You want the flexibility of splitting up for at least part of the time|
|You are comfortable maneuvering through tight spaces||You are worried every time you pull into your garage that you’ll side-swipe the doo|
|You are great at parallel parking||The last time you parallel-parked was high school|
|You want to know your full transportation costs prior to arrival and pay via credit card in St Lucia||You are comfortable paying us with a credit card online before your trip for the services, or don’t mind paying with cash after arrival|
Junior’s Prices for a trip
|Popular Destinations||Up to four passengers||Five or six passengers|
|Anse Chastanet or Soufriere||$40 US round-trip||$60 US round-trip|
|Mango Tree, Dasheene, Boucan||$60 US round-trip||$80 US round-trip|
|Sugar Beach, Volcano, Morne Coubaril||$60 US round-trip||$80 US round-trip|
|Villa to/from the UVF airport||$80 US one-way||$100 US one-way|
driver service by the trip
You’ll have to call a taxi service to make arrangements – there are no cab apps in St Lucia. We have two recommended drivers that know where the villa is (we don’t have a street address and our road is not on Google Maps):
Junior Taxi 487-8846
Joseph Taxi 714-8785
When you hire a taxi for a trip, it’s for the round trip unless you tell them otherwise. You’ll either arrange a time for them to come back and get you or you’ll call them (we provide a local cell phone for this).
When you hire a taxi for a trip, it’s for the round trip unless you tell them otherwise. You’ll either arrange a time for them to come back and get you, or they will give you their card and you call them to come get you.
full-day driver services
Prices are for one driver and vehicle. Prices and terms are valid only for our driver, Junior, as of 2/15/2020, and are subject to change.
This is your best choice if you plan to be out and about all day, or are heading to more distant locations. When you hire them for the day, they are available for you exclusively. “Day” is not specific hours – it’s from the first time you leave in the morning until the last time you return to the villa for the day. Pricing is by zone. Airport trips are excluded from zone pricing.
Please reserve full-day services by 9 pm the day before with Junior or his driver. Same-day requests are subject to availability.
Cancellation: If your plans change and you no longer want to have a full day of driver service, please cancel by 9 pm the evening before to avoid a $50US “no-show” fee.
If you are going to use the driver services for your entire stay, Junior provides a complimentary planning meeting with you on the first morning of your stay.
|Zone (full day) pricing||Up to four people||Five or six people|
|Zone 1 (Choiseul to Canaries)||$100 US||$120 US|
|Zone 2 (Vieux Fort to Marigot Bay)||$150 US||$170 US|
|Zone 3 (the rest of St Lucia)||$200 US||$225 US|