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 are now offering a pre-pay option for taxi service where you pay us through PayPal prior to your trip, and we pay Junior (or other taxi services that Doxie arranges) on your behalf. We will 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 financial transactions), and then Doxie will pay Junior for your five days. 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. All prices on this page 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.
Example Itinerary for Junior’s Daily Rate Pricing
We’ve put together a sample itinerary for four people that’s pretty active for a week stay, so you can get some idea of what the daily-rate plan might look like. This example costs $500:
Arrival day: Our taxi driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the villa. (This service is complimentary for stays of six nights or more).
First day: sleep in, make some breakfast, hang out by the pool or walk around the area or down to Anse Chastanet (about 20 minutes). Have Doxie make you dinner.
Second day (Day 1 of Junior’s service): Go on a whale and dolphin-watching tour with Mystic Man tours (dock in Soufriere). Stop at the local grocery to stock up on a few things. Head back to the villa, relax by the pool and have a beverage and a very light snack early afternoon, 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.
Third day (Day 2 of Junior’s service): Go up to Castries/Rodney Bay. Visit the craft market, 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, and down to Anse Chastanet/Anse Mamin for beach time or snorkeling. Pack some lunches in the cooler, or grab some food at the beach grill when you get hungry. Have Doxie make you dinner or 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 3 of Junior’s service): Go to the Tet Paul Nature Trail, the drive-in volcano, Martha’s Tables for lunch, and Sugar Beach for snorkeling and some beach time. Back to the villa to get cleaned up, then off to Boucan or Orlando’s for dinner.
Sixth day (Day 4 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 Fedo’s in town for lunch. 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 5 of Junior’s service): Catch one last early morning snorkel at Anse Chastanet – leave at 7 AM and be back by 10 AM. Clean up, pack and head off to the airport.