Even though Villa Grand Piton is located near lots of things, you’ll need a set of wheels to get around. Walking isn’t easy given our elevation of 550 feet and the condition of the roads.

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

driver service

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 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

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Getting 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 Email juniortx890@gmail.com 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 they will give you their card and you call them to come get you. If you walk from the villa to Anse Chastanet beach, there should be taxis at the entrance and you can hire one of those drivers to go back to the villa instead of the hike back up. You’ll just need to give them directions on how to get to the villa.

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

Price map being updated - will be available by March 15th, 2020

Full-day driver services

Prices are for one driver and vehicle. Valid as of 2/15/2020; 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. Airport trips are excluded from zone pricing. Please reserve full-day services at least 12 hours ahead of time with Junior or his driver, or through our housekeeper. 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 stay, Junior provides a complimentary planning meeting with you on the first morning of your stay.

The villa itself is wonderful and the most fully equipped villa we have ever stayed at. The entire staff are wonderful. The view from the villa is simply surreal. We have stayed at many villas - this villa is at the top of the list. We all agreed that we would go back in a heart beat!
Mark W
Beach Bum
Everything was better than we expected! Better than any resort for sure! Nothing was not thought of. Great job and home!
Mr. B

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