Whether you're only in need of a ride to and from the airport, or you plan to hail a cab anytime you need a ride, utilizing local taxi services during your stay in Soufrière is a very viable option. The vehicles are clean, the drivers are friendly, and they are so readily available that you'll never be left waiting.
The fact that taxis blend in with other cars on the road can be confusing at first, but there are a few signs that will allow you to quickly pick them out in the crowd. The most important thing to look at is the license plate. It should have red lettering and begin with "TX." This indicates that the vehicle is legal and properly licensed. Other signs that you're looking at a taxi is the presence of the word "TAXI" on either one of the doors or the windshield, and some cabs also have a dome light on the roof that is lit when they are available to pick up passengers.
The following table shows how to get a hold of local taxi companies.
|(758) 459-5457||Bay Street - Soufrière|
|Soufriere Taxi Association||(758) 459-7149||Soufrière|
|St. Lucia Executive||(758) 486-1561||Soufrière|
|West Coast Jeeps||(758) 459-5457||Bay Street - Downtown Soufriere|
...open up a dialogue with your driver...
What you'll discover as you slide into the back of a taxi in Soufrière is that there is no meter up front for the driver to use to determine how much you'll have to pay. This is because all fares throughout St. Lucia have been set in advance. In fact, you can stop by the Board of Tourism and pick up a list of all rates and fares before ever waving a cab down. You can even scroll a little further down on this page and see what the most current rates to our knowledge are in Soufrière.
Even with these two resources, you'll want to make sure to open up a dialogue with your driver about the cost of the trip so you are both on the same page. Rates are typically noted in United States Dollars and quoted for four passengers, but the driver might still expect to be paid in Eastern Caribbean Dollars – this is an important fact to know before you hit the road. Whether you're paying in local or foreign currency, you'll want to make sure to have the right amount of cash on hand, as well as a little extra for a gratuity of around 15 percent.
The table below lists some taxi fares for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 90.00 - $ 105.00||Downtown Castries||Downtown Soufriere|
|$ 65.00 - $ 74.75||Hewanorra International Airport||Soufrière|
If you get along with your driver, consider hiring him or her to pick you up at a later time to take you on a tour of the island. The price for this service is negotiable, but on average you'll spend $200(USD) for four passengers to see the entire island of St. Lucia.
Taxis are a great choice for tourists, whether the goal is to see as much of the island as possible on a tour, or you just need a ride out to dinner. Knowing how to get in contact with local taxi companies and what the typical rates are will help you to decide whether or not this service is the right choice for you.
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