If you are prone to motion sickness at all, any driving tour of this island may not be for you. St. Lucia is an endless series of hairpin turns, switchbacks and very tight driving up, down and all around the hills and mountains. You may ... Read More
If you are prone to motion sickness at all, any driving tour of this island may not be for you. St. Lucia is an endless series of hairpin turns, switchbacks and very tight driving up, down and all around the hills and mountains. You may want to book a sailing or travel to a nearby beach to minimize your time on the roads.
We privately booked a 5 ½ tour through Cosol that included a 1-hour swim / snorkel, banana plantation stop, volcanic mud bath, volcano visit, waterfall visit, lunch, snack and stop at the Governor’s Mansion. While our guide, Bumpy, was awesome, this tour was about 1 hour too long. We were on the road approx.. 2 ½ to 3 hours of this tour, that was a long time to be in the car on those roads. It felt like a lot of driving to say “look at this,” then back in the vehicle to keep driving. Dropping two stops would have helped.
The banana plantation was the first stop and it was really just an excuse to stop by a roadside stand to encourage us to buy something. Yes we got fresh bananas and yes we got a short lesson on how the banana plantations work, but it was really about encouraging us to shop. The next two lookout stops were the same, beautiful views to take photos that happened to be roadside shops where we could get an exclusive discount. The lunch stop was pretty good, we loved the local dogs and cats who were hanging out outside.
Then it was on to the water taxi and our ride to the swim and snorkel stop between the Pitons. The boat ride was quite nice, but the beach area for us to use was not exactly relaxing. The lounge chairs were mostly damaged or broken and there werent enough of them for everyone on the tour. The water itself was gorgeous, it was nice to swim between the Pitons, the fish were great and we were told by those snorkeling that it was quite nice with the coral. But the actual beach space was not a place youd want to hang out for a while. The water itself was the highlight of this tour.
After an hour, it was back on the boat to get back in the van and on to the drive through volcano. In the tour literature it reads like you can do the volcanic mud bath and volcano tour. In reality, you have to choose one or the other, we chose to skip the mud bath and do the volcano tour. It was pretty neat seeing an imploded (vs. exploded) volcano sulphur spring that was boiling. Looked like a living National Geographic special happening right in front of you. The people who chose to go to the mud bath said it wasnt worth it, just so incredibly hot and no shower or spring to rinse yourself off. If you choose to do the tour, you must be in good walking condition, youll be walking up and down a steep incline to view the sulphur springs.
The next stop was the waterfall that you can wade out into the catch pool and grab a photo standing directly under the waterfall. It was also a good place to fully rinse yourself of the mud if you did the mud bath.
Back in the car, and instead of traveling directly back to the ship, we returned to the same location as lunch to have a snack of bread and cheese. It was ok, but not worth making a final stop for, we could have just headed straight to the ship. All in all, a very long day and as I said, Bumpy was great, but the tour itself was just too long with too many stops. Read Less