Many people think of taxi services as a four-door sedan (like a “Yellow Cab”) and a driver to get you where you need to go. The taxi services in St Lucia usually have two (or more) vehicles for your convenience – a sedan (usually only used for a couple) and a van. Although the taxi services can be hired “by-the-trip” (for instance, to a restaurant), they also offer a driver service, where they are at your service for the entire day, and act as tour guide as well as driver. Our friendly and careful driver, Junior, now offers pre-set pricing for the typical by-the-job and for the full-day driver service.
You can’t switch back and forth between the options during your stay, although you don’t have to select the program until after your arrival.
How do we pay for taxi services?
Junior (and most other taxi drivers) accepts cash only. Ale accepts credit cards through his website.
If you are paying cash, you may use either US dollars (bring them with you) or the local currency of EC (Eastern Caribbean) dollars. The taxi drivers usually quote their prices in US dollars – it’s always prudent to verify that when you are quoted a price. Junior has an exchange rate of 2.67 EC to 1 US $ (so a $100 US fare would be $267 EC); other taxi services may have different exchange rates. All of the prices on this page are in US $ unless specifically stated otherwise.
If you need cash, there are ATM machines around the island. There is one in the airport after exiting customs, there are machines in the grocery stores, and there are a couple in Soufriere affiliated with the banks. They all dispense EC dollars, so remember that when you make a withdrawal (I usually just remember that $500EC is pretty much the same as $200 US). We encourage you to check with your debit- or credit-card provider on their foreign exchange rates, and watch the ATM machine fees, as the added fees can mount up. >
As a courtesy to our guests that do not want to bring cash with them or search for an ATM machine, we offer a pre-pay option for taxi service where you pay us through PayPal prior to your trip, and we pay Junior on your behalf. We will promptly refund any unused funds. For instance, if you believe you will use Junior’s daily rate for five days ($500), we invoice you $520 (we charge a 4% fee for this, just to cover the cost of the Paypal and wiring fees), and then we pay Junior for your $500. If you decide to stay in at the villa one of those five days, and only use four days and spend $400, we will refund you $104 promptly after you leave St Lucia. All taxi service prices quoted exclude the 4% convenience charge. We also extend this “pre-pay” option for Doxie’s cooking or meal services.
Junior’s By-The-Trip Pricing
All prices are round-trip unless otherwise noted. Rates are good for up to four people – contact us for extra-person surcharges.
Anse Chastanet or Soufriere $40
A full day in the Soufriere region $100
Marigot Bay $160
Castries/Rodney Bay $200
Villa to UVF airport $80
Junior’s Daily Rate Pricing
Junior’s daily rate for up to four people is $100, and $120 for five or six people. The rate is good for anywhere in the general area, for as many trips as you want during the day. A surcharge will apply for travel outside of the Soufriere area. Please note that if you request driver service for a day, then cancel on the day you had requested service, Junior has the right to charge a no-show fee.
Example Itinerary for Junior’s Daily Rate Pricing
Since most people are not familiar with using a driver service, we’ve put together a sample eight-day (seven nights) itinerary to demonstrate it. This shows how far the purchase of six days of driver service goes ($660 = $80 for the two airport trips, $100 for four other days for a group of four or fewer, and a $100 surcharge for the trip to the North). Keep in mind that a day can be pretty long – it can start at 7 AM and end at 11 PM and is still one “day”.
Arrival day (Day 1 of Junior’s service): Junior will meet you at the airport. Stop at the Reef Restaurant just a few minutes away and get your toes in the sand and have a cool drink or a snack while enjoying the sea breezes. Next, head to Uptown’s liquor store and pick up some beverages of your choice. Stop at the grocery store in La Tourney (newer and a much better selection than the grocery in Soufriere), and pick up snacks and sodas. Enjoy the ride to the villa and be especially glad you aren’t driving when you get to the last 10 minutes and the infamous Anse Chastanet Road! Enjoy Doxie’s rum punch while she shows you around the villa, snack on some cheese and crackers, then enjoy Doxie’s roti for dinner with some wine (all included in the welcome basket) while you watch the sun set and feel yourself relax.
First day: sleep in, make some breakfast, relax at the pool or walk through the woods, or walk down to Anse Chastanet beach (about 20-25 minutes). If you go to the beach, either walk up if you want the exercise, or grab a taxi at the resort on the way back up ($20 US, not included as part of driver service). Have Doxie make you dinner.
Second day (Day 2 of Junior’s service): Go on a whale and dolphin-watching tour with Mystic Man tours in the morning. Stop at the local grocery to stock up on a few things. Head back to the villa, eat Doxie’s roti for lunch (she sells them for $5 US), relax by the pool for a little while, then head to Dasheene’s at about 4:30 to have a beverage and some appetizers while watching the sun set between the Pitons. Stay at Dasheene’s for dinner, and arrive back at the villa after dark to watch for shooting stars.
Third day (Day 3 of Junior’s service, $100 surcharge): Leave about 9 AM and head to the north of the island. Visit the craft market in Castries or do a little duty-free shopping in Pointe Seraphine, have lunch at the Pink Plantation overlooking Castries, and hop on a Segway for a tour of the hills overlooking Rodney Bay, or stroll among the ruins on Pigeon Island. If you’re up to it, scramble to the top of Signal Hill and get a glimpse of Martinique (don’t forget the selfie!) Have dinner at Spice of India in Rodney Bay (literally our favorite Indian restaurant in the world), and get back late.
Fourth day: Relax at the villa. Go for a walk up the hill and around, or down to Anse Chastanet/Anse Mamin for beach time or snorkeling. If you go to the beach, pack some beer and lunches in the cooler to save money, or grab some food at the beach grill when you get hungry (consider splitting the burger – they are huge and expensive!). Grab a taxi at the resort on the way back up ($20 US, not included in driver service), and have Doxie make you dinner. Alternately, eat at Anse Chastanet before heading back to the villa (my personal opinion is that the restaurants at Anse Chastanet are overpriced, but many people do like them).
Fifth day (Day 4 of Junior’s service): Head out fairly early (around 8 AM), and go to the Tet Paul Nature Trail (do not forget your camera!), then a trip to the drive-in volcano and the mud baths. Stop at Martha’s Tables or Fedo’s for authentic St Lucia cooking for lunch (Martha’s entrees are huge – you might want to split them), then on to Sugar Beach for beautiful white sand and snorkeling between the Pitons. Back to the villa to get cleaned up, then off to Boucan or Orlando’s for dinner
Sixth day (Day 5 of Junior’s service): Go to Morne Coubaril for ziplining, a plantation tour, and some horseback riding. Eat lunch at the buffet at Morne Coubaril, or at The Mango Tree restaurant at Stonefield. Get on the Mystic Man sunset cruise (catamaran from Soufriere dock, sailing around the Pitons with music, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres while enjoying the sunset), then head back to the villa and enjoy your last night while relaxing and nibbling on leftovers or a roti made by Doxie.
Last day (Day 6 of Junior’s service): Get up early and make some local coffee, and from the gazebo, watch the sailboats head to St Vincent. Soak up the peacefulness one last time. Take a few sunrise pictures. Pack, say goodbye to Doxie and head off to the airport.