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 only 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 for up to four people), we invoice you $520 as we charge a 4% fee for this, just to cover the cost of the Paypal and wiring fees. We then pay Junior the $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 and pay Junior only $400. All taxi service prices quoted exclude the 4% convenience charge. We also extend this “pre-pay” option for 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 Saturday to Saturday itinerary to demonstrate it. The non-discounted total for driver services for this example was $760 US for up to four people (4 full days around Soufriere at $100 each, one day to Castries/Rodney Bay at $200, and two airport trips at $80 each. At the time this sample was created, the discount being offered was free airport return if the total cost was at least $600 US, so the actual total for this example would have been $680 US. This shows how much you can get for just under $25 per night per person. (Note that prices and discount offers are examples only – please contact us for up-to-date pricing.)
Arrival day (Airport trip #1): 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 1 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 2 of Junior’s service): 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.
(Day 3 of Junior’s service): After getting in late the night before, sleep in a little late. Have a light breakfast of tropical fruit and local coffee, then pack up the cooler with cold Piton beers and Doxie’s roti, grab the snorkel gear, the beach umbrella and chairs, and have Junior take you to Anse Chastanet. Do some snorkeling, hike or bike through the trails and ruins on Anse Mamin (see the dive shop on Anse Chastanet for arrangements), and generally relax and soak up the sun. Back to the villa in late afternoon to clean up and relax by the pool, and then have some rum punch and Doxie’s appetizers before you eat the dinner she has cooked for you.
Fifth day (Day 4 of Junior’s service): Pack up your snorkel gear and your camera, and head out fairly early (8-9 AM) for the Tet Paul Nature Trail. Next stop is a trip to the drive-in volcano and the mud baths and a waterfall. Stop at Martha’s Tables or Fedo’s for authentic St Lucia cooking for lunch, then on to Sugar Beach for beautiful white sand and snorkeling between the Pitons. Head back up late afternoon, clean up, and then off to Boucan for dinner and a sumptuous chocolate lava cake for dessert, made with local cocoa.
Sixth day (Day 5 of Junior’s service): Go to Morne Coubaril for zip-lining, a plantation tour, learn how chocolate is made, and ride horses. 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 dining on one last delicious dinner made by Doxie.
Last day (Airport trip #2): Get up early and make some local coffee, and sit in the gazebo while savoring it and watching the sailboats head to St Vincent. Soak up the peacefulness one last time. Take a few sunrise pictures, and maybe even catch a double rainbow during a brief early morning shower. Pack, sadly say goodbye to Doxie and all the rest of our wonderful staff, and head off to the airport.