Getting Around St. Lucia
The best way to get around St. Lucia is by car or minibus, though taxis are also available and water taxis around the island are plentiful. Rental cars or scooters can be obtained at the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in the southern town of Vieux Fort, which is about 40 miles to the south of Castries. Rates average about $50 a day.
For rental cars, you'll need a temporary driving license, which can be obtained in advance or by showing a valid driver's license at the car rental agency, the airport or the police station in Castries. Remember to drive on the left side. You'll find car rental agencies clustered at the airport, in Soufrière, Castries, Rodney Bay and Gros Islet.
|Minibuses||Privately run minibuses serve as the main ground transportation for much of the island, with routes forming a loop between the main towns. Buses run on varied times depending on the route, but most do not operate on Sundays. Fares range from $1 to $3. Minibuses have a green number plate with an M prefix.|
|Taxis||Authorized taxis have a light blue number plate with a "TX" prefix. Before you hire a taxi, confirm the fare. Fares are about $70 from the airport to Marigot Bay. You can also hire taxis for island tours, which can be convenient if you're visiting St. Lucia by way of a cruise .|
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