Car Rental and Safety

May 12th, 2008, 06:09 PM
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Car Rental and Safety

Heading to St. Lucia next month with family and two teenage daughters. Taxi rates being quoted from Hewanorra to TiKaye round trip are $235. Should I just rent a car? How safe is the island? Do I need to get EC$?
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May 13th, 2008, 05:31 AM
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St.Lucia is very mountainous I myself would not rent a car. You can usually barter for a better price. The island is safe and beautiful
Very green and lush...you will love it!
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May 13th, 2008, 05:39 AM
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My opinion is that, if you are not intimidated by the thought of driving on the left hand side of the road, you should rent a car. The roads aren't as bad as a lot of people make them out to be and it's pretty tough to get lost. Ti Kaye is a little isolated. You will want to get out and about to see the island and go to restaurants and the cost of cabs will add up quickly.
Re: Safety -- Use common sense -- don't pick up hitchhikers, don't wander around downtown Castries at night, stick to areas where the
are a lot of tourists, etc. -- and you should be fine. I'm pretty sure that TiKaye runs a free bus to Anse La Raye fish night on Fridays. I would take advantage of that if I were you. Parking is tough in Anse La Raye and, to get from the parking area to where the food is served, you have to walk through an area that might make you a little uncomfortable.
Re: Money -- everyone accepts US dollars but they will usually give you an exchange rate of 2.50EC per US $$$ instead of the official exchange rate of 2.68. One exception -- if you shop in JQ's supermarkets, they give you official rate. Contrary to what most people think, the locals prefer to be paid and tipped in EC dollars, not US dollars. Going to the local banks to exchange money is a pain (long lines, etc.)and, to get a 5% better exchange rate, it's not worth it in my opinion. However, if you withdraw money from an ATM machine, you get the official rate.
Two restaurant recommendations -- the Coal Pot in Castries and the Rainforest Hideaway in Marigot Bay. Kind of expensive but well worth it.
Finally, if you've got teenage daughters, you should take them up to Reduit Beach and the Rodney Bay area since there is more "action" there than in the area around Ti Kaye.
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May 13th, 2008, 05:20 PM
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Thanks.......any thoughts on tours or trips to other islands? Daughters are maninly interested in snorkling. Appreciate the thoughts on good places to eat. The idea of taking a sailing trip sounds like a good idea.
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May 14th, 2008, 03:48 AM
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http://www.jungletoursstlucia.com/

We took this tour when we visited st. Lucia for a day from a cruise ship. It was awesome and a most memorable experience. Jeeps can go places cars can never travel. I am sure your family would enjoy this tour. We certainly did.
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