Located on the northern tip of St. Lucia, Gros Islet is one of the island's up-and-coming tourist hot spots. A small fishing village, tourists who visit tend to spend the weekend where they'll get their getaway started off with the Friday night Jump Up street party then get up early for a tour of the area on horseback, dine on local food, and spend a few hours on the beach. The transportation options you choose to take advantage of will depend highly on not only your personal preference and the amount of time you plan to spend in town, but also how much you allocated for this category in your budget as well.
Fly, sail, cruise, or take a ferry; these are the four forms of transportation that will get you to your vacation in Gros Islet. While air travel is the most convenient and popular option, you can't count the other choices out.
For a quick visit to Gros Islet, you'll likely find public transportation via taxis and buses to do the trick, but for longer stays, most are happy to find that renting a car is an option – and an affordable one at that.
Despite the small size of St. Lucia, there are two fully functional airports in operation on the island. The one closest to Gros Islet is about 15 minutes away by car in Castries at the (SLU); yet, you'll likely fly to the airport that is over an hour away in Vieux Fort where most international flights light: (UVF). If you prefer to fly as close to your destination as possible, you can book a flight that connects with another Caribbean island such as or Sint Maarten. Learn more about this option here.
Although Gros Islet is not an official port of entry, yachters can gain clearance and dock their boats in either Castries, which is located south of the town, or Rodney Bay which is to the north. Both spots have their merits, including calm waters that make sailing here decidedly easy. Find out more about the clearance process here.
If you have dreams of visiting Gros Islet, but don't want to stop there, a cruise of the Southern Caribbean may be right up your alley. Less than 20 minutes away from Castries where the two cruise ports on the island are located, you can plan to visit Gros Islet during your day ashore with few obstacles – some cruise lines may even have planned excursions to this town.
To tour the island of St. Lucia at your own pace, renting a car really is the way to go. You can rent a car straight from the airport when you arrive, or wait until you've made your way to Gros Islet and pick up a car in town. Either way, you'll find international chains are available with rentals in the price range of $80 to 100(USD). Meanwhile, you can find a rental from a local agency in Gros Islet for probably a better deal but with a few less assurances that come along with going with a name you know and trust. Find out more about all of your rental opportunities by reading our guide to Rental Cars in Gros Islet.
Taxis are a great source of transportation in Gros Islet, whether you'd like a tour of the entire island, you just need a quick ride to a restaurant, or you'd like to use them to get around throughout the duration of your stay. Drivers are known for their friendly nature, and the cabs are clean and comfortable. Learn more about the whole process here.
In Gros Islet, you'll find the buses are actually much smaller than you may be used to. They are privately owned minivans and minibuses that travel around the island along main roads, but not on a very reliable schedule. The good news is that you don't have to wait around at a bus stop for the next bus to some around. Instead, you can flag one down anytime you see it on the street.
L'Express des Iles, a French-flag flying company, offers three trips between neighboring and St. Lucia each week. The ferry is actually a luxury high-speed catamaran with air conditioning, comfortable seating, televisions, and food for passengers to enjoy during the three hour trip. The ride, which docks in Castries, costs 67 Euros one way and 100 Euros round trip.
Though there are a few options to choose from, most of these transportation options should not come as a surprise – even for the novice traveler. After taking the time to quickly review each choice, you're probably already prepared to move forward with booking the transportation portion of your trip.
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