From the Pitons to the Soufriere Estate, there are an abundance of attractions to be seen in Soufrière. While it is possible to do so with the aid of a knowledgeable taxi driver, the recommendation for getting around here is to rent a car. This will allow you to go at your own pace and perhaps even delve further into explorations of some of the attractions that interest you most.
Although the types of rentals available vary, in Soufrière it is recommended that tourists stick to renting a sports utility vehicle like a Jeep – a fact that is obvious given the two major rental car agencies actually have the name "Jeep" in their title. This is because road conditions can be rough in some of the most popularly visited tourist destinations. If you're going to skip visiting these sites, feel free to save a few dollars by renting an economy vehicle instead.
The chart below shows the rental agencies located in the immediate vicinity of Soufrière.
|Cool Breeze Jeep & Car rental||(758) 459-7729||Soufrière|
|Envirorite Car & Jeep Rentals||(758) 459-5039||Soufrière|
In order to rent a car you'll need to pick up a local driver's permit for $20(USD). You can do so with your rental agency, but they are also available at the Gros Islet police station or the immigration office in the airport. Visitors with an International Driver's License do not need to purchase the permit. Unfortunately, if you are under the age of 25 you will not be permitted to rent a car on the island.
The following tables offer a good sense of what sort of rate you will pay. The low rates in the tables are only available from the least costly agencies when plenty of cars are on hand. The high end of the range is what you might be quoted at one of the busier agencies during the high season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 45.00||$ 65.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 60.00||$ 75.00|
|Light SUV||$ 60.00||$ 120.00|
|Mini Van||$ 90.00||$ 150.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 270.00||$ 390.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 360.00||$ 420.00|
|Light SUV||$ 360.00||$ 720.00|
|Mini Van||$ 540.00||$ 900.00|
...make sure to honk your horn...
Over the last decade, driving conditions on St. Lucia have improved immensely. At one time, tourists would complain of the poorly constructed roads which were filled with pot holes, often narrow, and filled with so many twists and turns that motion sickness could not be avoided. The island undertook a major infrastructure re-building project, and now although these roads do exist in small amounts, the majority of streets are much easier to navigate. In Soufrière; however, you'll still encounter a number of rugged roads simply to uphold the integrity of the surrounding area which is filled with some very important natural attractions.
Important things to know when driving in Soufrière is that traffic flows on the left side of the road like in Europe, seat belts are required, and speed limits should be followed as closely as possible. If you do find yourself heading around a curved road with a blind turn, make sure to honk your horn the entire time so that other drivers are warned of your approach.
is the only gas station we were able to get for which we have information. If you want more information, you can call them at (758) 455-1029, or locate it in Laborie, 8.3 mi. south-southeast of Soufrière.
If you meet all the necessary qualifications and you'd like to come and go as you please during your stay in Soufrière, it is plain to see that renting a car is the best choice for you. Having learned all that you need to know about this option, you are ready to move forward with booking this portion of your trip and better prepared to handle driving on local roads when the time comes to do so.
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