Walking from our villa is a challenge so you’ll need transportation. Driving is an adventure so most of our guests use our driver!
Driving in St Lucia
✦ 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 edge of drop-offs
Most of our guests use our driver. Just like a taxi driver, he provides the vehicle 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. You may pay cash or set up a line of credit with us and we’ll pay him for you from that.
Driving yourself around
We recommend a four-wheel drive SUV from DriveAMatic or Cool Breeze, such as the Jimny Sport (for groups of four or fewer people).
You may bring an international driver’s license or get a St. Lucian driving permit (about $20 US).
We suggest you hire our driver for your airport pickup. Most car rental companies will deliver the vehicle to the villa 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 door|
|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|