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Laborie Village and Beach

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hobnobs2
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Laborie Village and Beach

If staying in Fort Vieux I have read you can easily get to Laborie Village. Is it worth going to and what is there to see. Is the beach nice there. How regular are the buses between the 2 places during the day.

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St. Lucia
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1. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

Yes, worth a visit if you want to see real local life. You can easily walk into VF and catch a VF-Laborie bus, which will drop you right in the center of the village or catch a VF-Soufriere (or Choisel for that matter) bus and get off at Rudy John Beach Park/Laborie Craft Center (it is right at the top of Laborie Beach) The Beach itself is beautiful - light tan sand, lots of palm and shade trees, some grassy areas, a few picnic tables, occasionally a guy renting chairs and beautiful, calm clear swimming waters. A few reefs around if you have snorkel gear. No restrooms or showers at the beach, but you can walk up to the Craft Center or CJs bar if they are open.

The Laborie Heritage Walk is great - a guided walk through the village taking in the various architecture styles, history of the village & island, small museum with Carib & Arawak artifacts along with remnants of the colonial history of the village - it's very interesting.

Several great local eats around, both at the village square and along the road above the beach area. Mama Rose's and Big Bamboo by the square are both good if you want meals, Clue's chicken & bake are outstanding for a smaller snack - he's in the bright blue house with the Zoe's sign on the front - ask any local for Clue's, delish (not healthy, but tasty!) There are a few rotis places - Clue's makes a good one and the other one is by the bridge - again, ask a local.

I may be biased as it is my husband's home village (born and raised) and I lived in the heart of the village for years, but it is one of the most beautiful villages on the island and completely untouched by tourists. Truly beautiful, friendly place.

www.ilovelaborie.com for more info about the heritage walk and the village itself.

Enjoy!

West London
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2. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

If you want to go on the Heritage Walk can you just turn up and go or do you have to book in advance. Are there set times for the tours and what is the cost. What clothing is recommended to wear.

canada
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3. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

how much is the bus to soufriere and what is the currency? How long does it take? My husband and I are interested in snorkeling and we have our own gear.

St. Lucia
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4. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

MM - you do need to pre-book the heritage walk, the info is at www.ilovelaborie.com You could try just showing up, but most of the guides have other jobs - so there may not be one available. cost, etc is all at the website or available when you call.

snorkel - why are you asking about a Soufriere bus on a laborie post/ Two different villages and prices, etc. You would be better posting as a new topic to get the widest possible answers. In short, a bus from vieux Fort to Soufriere is about $4EC. It lets off in the middle of Soufriere - not at the beach or anything like that. If you want to snorkel, you need the Soufriere waterfront (walking distance from bus stand), or to get off at the Jalousie turn off and walk (or wait around for a very infrequent bus) or take a water taxi from the Soufriere waterfront to Anse Chastenet or Jalousie. Good luck.

canada
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5. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

oh sorry,reed, I read your post on here and you mentioned the VF-Soufriere bus..didn't think about it at at the time...thank you for your information

Leatherhead, United...
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6. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

Where do we disembark the bus in Laborie and more importantly on the return journey where do we get on. Will the buses be full and getting back be a problem. Are any umbrellas available for hire as well as chairs on the beach there. Was it the expected cost for beach chairs and umbrellas please. Any small shops there. Anything else we should know not already mentioned about Laborie or are there any other places worth visiting between Vieux Fort and Soufriere. It does not have to be touuristy but with a nice loccal feel and safe. Thank you

St. Lucia
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7. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

If you are on a Vieux Fort/Laborie bus, it will let you off right by the Village in Laborie town proper. If you are on a Vieux Fort/Soufriere bus, you can be let out on the highway right by the craft center at the top of the beach in Laborie. If that is where you are wanting to go - tell the driver you want off at Laborie beach, and they will stop there for you.

The drivers will remember if you tell them at the beginning where you want to be let off.

Buses are not like in the States or UK, etc. They are not large affairs wher eyou barely see the driver, etc. They are small, 14 seater mini-vance with bench seats. You can easily ask the driver along the way how much longer, to help you to the right spot, etc .

Good luck - it's pretty easy once you are on island and actually see it all.

Enjoy.

Soufriere, St. Lucia
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8. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

Bon jou tout moun,

Not to be missed in Laborie...

Zeb's Creole Bread - Té-Té bread baked twice a day (AM & PM) the traditional way in wood-fired ovens m.youtube.com/#/watch…

The centuries-old stone Catholic Church and its large mural on the outside wall painted by ex-pat Cape Cod artist Jonathan Golding http://jagartist.com/home.html

Watch his youtube video m.youtube.com/watch…

Bless up! Paul

NB: The Laborie Experience walking tour starts from the Laborie Foundation's Community Center

Soufriere, St. Lucia
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9. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

Bon jou surreytwo,

Continuing north from Laborie is St. Lucia's Craft Capitol (La Fargue) and the fishing village of Choiseul.

Leaving Choiseul village heading north is an ancient petroglyph.

Continue on to Sabwisha Beach and the many hidden coves & beaches all the way to our base in Anse L'Ivrogne at the SW slope of the Gros Piton.

Bless up! Paul

Norwich, United...
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10. Re: Laborie Village and Beach

We took the local bus to Laborie from Vieux Fort and it was a fun experince. Laborie is certainly worth a visit if you want to see a typical village in St Lucia that is not geared to tourists. The local inhabitants were warm and friendly. Also a nice beach here.

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