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“"Have you ever seen the Pitons?"” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Barefoot Holidays Saint Lucia Day Tours

Barefoot Holidays Saint Lucia Day Tours
Castries, St. Lucia
758-450-0507
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Ranked #6 of 43 activities in Castries
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Owner description: Discover the beauty and hidden treasures of St. Lucia with Barefoot Holidays, the premier Destination Management Company on the island. Let us arrange your Airport Transfers, Accommodation Bookings, Sightseeing Tours, Cruise Ship Shore Excursions, Destination Weddings, Incentive Group Programs and Itineraries for Family Reunions & Special Groups. We offer Private Excursions and exotic locations for your dream wedding.We are happy to share the history, culture and gems of our island with you.
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“"Have you ever seen the Pitons?"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

It was my longtime dream to be able to get there, to Saint Lucia, and see the Pitons.
But you have to be careful about your thoughts, because they might become reality. And there I was, in Castries, at last.
After strolling around town, visiting the marketplace and enjoying the fair happening in the main square where a DJ was playing all kinds of Caribbean music, my husband and I met with the rest of the people taking the tour across the island, through the mountains.
I have to say, the driver showed some incredible skills climbing those tight corners (we were riding on the left side of the road), while other buses coming fast from the other direction just seemed to try to brush us...
Not to mention the steep slopes we could see from the windows right below us...
But all went well. The tour guide kept us pretty busy listening to all the info about what we were seeing, plus cracked some funny jokes too. She was absolutely delightful.
We had a chance to see Marigot Bay from a great viewing spot, and visit a fishing village where we got a couple cold, tasty local beers and a few souvenirs.
At a certain point, the driver stopped the vehicle around a bend: right in front of our awed faces stood the Pitons!
We all got out to take pictures: there are just no words to describe the impressiveness and beauty those volcanoes disclose as you get closer. You just have to go see them for yourself...
We were taken on a short tour to the famed "soufriere" (sulfurous volcano) by a guide already there to take us see the steamy and bubbling mud pools from up close.
We were also taken to a working plantation, the Morne Coubaril Estate with a nice botanical garden where we toured around and were showed the buildings were the products were processed: fruits, vegetables, sugarcane, cocoa beans.
A man was splitting coconuts with a machete and having us taste the fresh pulp inside it: there was a huge pile of discarded shells behind him, possibly created in the process of having the tourists taste the nuts while learning about the colonial times.
A sweet donkey was walking the wheel to squeeze the juice out of the sugar canes, getting the stalks as a reward, once out of the grind-stone.
On site, there were what appeared to be the remnants of the slaves' housing and sleeping quarters for you to enter and visit. Bed-frames, pots, pens, utensils etc. still there from those times. We were offered a nice meal and rum-punch to end it all.
Yet, the view of the Pitons glowing in the sunset, with an almost full moon above them, as we were leaving via the sea, will stay in my memory as a picture perfect from my favorite Eastern Small Antilles.

Visited March 2013
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BarefootHoliday... S, Owner at Barefoot Holidays Saint Lucia Day Tours, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing this comment and some awesome pictures with us and the Tripadvisor community. We are delighted to hear that your time with us was a memorable! The vivid description of your day, your comments about our driver and the small yet so important details that you took the time to highlight make us proud. At Barefoot Holidays we constantly strive for excellence and aim at creating Unique Island Experiences. When designing our tours we try to ensure that our clients can have an authentic feel of our beautiful island and can leave with fond memories of their vacation.

Erwin Louisy, President of Barefoot Holidays DMC
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“Fabulous Day doing the Land and Sea Excursion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We spent a great day touring the island starting with a drive through the mountains with stops to view Marigot Bay, a little fishing village, the pitons, botanical garden, the soufriere volcanos, followed by a tasty lunch and relaxing cateramaran ride back to Rodney's Bay. Our tour guide, who spoke 3 languagues fluently was friendly, entertaining and very knowledgeable. What a great way to see the island.

Visited February 2013
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BarefootHoliday... S, Owner at Barefoot Holidays Saint Lucia Day Tours, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the TripAdvisor Community!

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed our Land and Sea Tour and we truly appreciate that you took the time to write about it. We would also like to thank you for the nice words spent for our guide: our team is indeed very knowledgeable and trained to ensure that every excursion is informative and entertaining at the same time.

We do hope that you will visit us again in the future to enjoy new and exciting Island Experiences!

Erwin Louisy
President of Barefoot Holidays DMC St.Lucia
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“Great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We booked our tours and transportation through Viator. Viator uses Barefoot Holidays for the 2 tours we did. 1. Roundtrip transportation from Airport to hotel and 2. Land and Sea tour - full day.

When we landed at the airport and got our bags, we walked outside to where all the taxis are waiting and there was a booth for Barefoot. I was pleased to see something like this rather than a random guy holding a piece of paper. I told them who I was and they asked for my voucher. She told us we would going in the car not 10ft away. The driver got out and loaded our bags. The driver was very good and stopped and took pictures of us along the way to the hotel. The car was a very nice sedan and very comfortable. The roads are windy but the driver stopped if we felt car sick and gave us lime leaves to smell. We transferred hotels mid-trip on purpose and Barefoot gave us a call at our 2nd resort and let us know when they would be by to pick us up. Very well coordinated for island time. The driver arrive early to pick us up and we had a great drive back to the airport. We got there in plenty of time to catch our flight.

2. On the land and sea tour, a van comes to resort a few minutes before 8am and picks you up. There was no call for this trip but it was on the voucher what time the driver would show up. The bus quickly got us to the boat and we were on our way. It was a large catamaran and I bet we had 40+ people on the boat. It felt a little crowded but not bad. We sailed down the coast to Soufriere. There were buses waiting for us right when we got there. Jumped in bus and off we went. 1st stop was a waterfall and then on to the mud bath. After that we had the option to go zip-lining or do a botanical garden tour. We didn't bring extra money for the zip-lining so we did the tour with a majority of people. It was a good tour with lots to see. After a buffet lunch at the gardens, we bused back to the boat and sailed home, stopping to snorkel near Ti Kaye. The boat crew was great and had us dancing and laughing the whole time. It was a good way to spend a day in Saint Lucia.

Visited March 2013
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BarefootHoliday... S, Owner at Barefoot Holidays Saint Lucia Day Tours, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thank you very for sharing your thoughts with us and we are very happy that you enjoyed your time in Saint Lucia. We are extremely delighted that you were pleased with our service as we are premised on excellent service and punctuality.

We thank again for taking some time out to write on Tripadvisor and we do hope to see you again.
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“Barefoot Holidays - 100% Satisfaction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

My wife (Donna) & I stayed used the services of ‘Barefoot Holidays’ between 28/10/2011 – 11/11/2011

Firstly let me start by saying that if you have any worries or concerns about using this company for all your trips/excursions/transfer needs - don't!!! They are absolutely brilliant.

We had previously arranged all our trips with this company almost a year in advance of our arrival with the very helpful staff – more of this later – but our first verbal contact with these wonderful people was in fact several months before our arrival in St Lucia, by telephone from Scotland, to organise our private return transfers from the airport to our hotel
I had the pleasure of speaking to the very friendly & helpful Alison Findley. She helped us not only to arrange these transfers but to arrange their ‘red carpet service’ for this.

When they say its red carpet service, they mean red carpet service!!
We were greeted upon arrival at the airport by Verna the company’s airport representative, with a sign with our names upon it, cold towels, bottled water & the most fantastic St Lucian smile – what a way to start a holiday! We were then led to the driver in a Lexus car with the red carpet on the ground awaiting our entry – before we entered the car the driver took our cases (refusing any help from myself in the process)

Inside the car for the very comfortable 1 ½ hour transfer up the east coast to our hotel, Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa, there was a fruit basket, a floral corsage for my wife, a bottle of wine for my wife and several bottles of refreshing Piton Beer for my (from those who don’t partake in alcohol, they also had water & soft drinks)

The return journey was exactly the same except the floral corsage (including the red carpet waiting for us at the hotel) and as it was just us two, the driver was able to stop along the way for some amazing photos

We had arranged several trips with Barefoot to allow us to see what the beautiful St Lucia had to offer and these were as follows –

1st trip – just over half a day in length -

Tour of Pigeon Island National Park, Beausejour Cricket ground, Choc Cemetery and a Funeral Home

Pigeon Island is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in the history of St Lucia as before it was a Royal Navy base it was the home of the French pirate Francois le Clerc or Jambe de Bois (wooden leg) to his friends – there is also a small bar there named after the man for some nice cooling drinks
There is a small entrance fee of US$5.00 each but well worth it

The cricket ground was my gratification only as I’m a huge West Indies fan & I try to visit the major grounds on the islands

The cemetery & funeral home is a long story – it’s part of my wife’s daily job in Scotland!!!

2nd trip – full day along the west, south west, south & east coast of St Lucia

This trip included such delights as a tour & tasting session at the St Lucia Rum distillery in the beautiful Roseau Valley
This tour was even better as my wife & I were the only two visitors there at that time – all the more rum for me!!! Again a small entrance fee of US$10.00 each

On the way to the beautiful Pitons we stopped at the road side to try freshly made Cassava Cakes – they were to die for – only wished we had bought two of each flavour!!! Again as there were just us two the staff at the store were able to tell us the story of Cassava & Cassava Bread in St Lucia

Then it was onto the famous ‘drive in volcano’ just below the Pitons – fascinating place to visit if a little smelly

Next stop was the Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfall – really beautiful & tranquil place to visit if you like varied & colourful tropical plants/flowers
For movie buffs, the waterfall was used in the movie ‘Superman 2’ where he swoops down to pick a flower for Lois Lane

Then it was onto the big one(s) – the magnificent Pitons – we first saw them from the plane as we were approaching the airport and they looked good then but to see them up close & personal is a sight that will stay with us for a very long time
We also had our lunch at the ‘Dasheene Restaurant’ which is in the Ladera Hotel – amazing food, amazing view (the hotel & restaurant is right in the middle of the two Pitons) and amazing value for money considering it’s prime location

3rd trip – Gros Islet Street Party – Friday night ‘Jump Up’

This is the place to go if you want to experience a friendly, fun evening with St Lucian’s! Lots of food, drinks and music to dance the night away with the friendly people of the Gros Islet/Rodney Bay & surrounding areas
Highly recommended visit – one of the best we have visited in the West Indies!!!

Our driver for all of the above trips was a gentleman (and I mean that) by the name of Sammy

Such a friendly, knowledgeable, helpful man – he even went out of his way to try and find a doctors surgery for my wife who was ill on a Saturday morning – and find one he did – he even gave up his own time to stay with us whilst at the doctors surgery – can’t beat that for service and it is something that we won’t forget & I personally will always be grateful to him for that – many, many thanks Sammy

All in all would we recommend Barefoot Travel - yes of course we would - would we use their services if we returned to St Lucia - yes we will most definitely be renewing acquaintances again

Keep up the good work Alison & all the staff

Visited November 2012
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BarefootHoliday... S, Owner at Barefoot Holidays Saint Lucia Day Tours, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
A very big thanks to you, Paul and Donna, for sharing your heartfelt thoughts and comment with us and the Tripadvisor community. Your itinerary was certainly a unique one, made especially for you and we are blushing from your comments. We always strive for brilliance but more importantly we ensure that our clients are well taken care of from arrival to departure.

Having you on island was simply enjoyable and we await your return to Saint Lucia.
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“Soufriere and rhum distillery tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Tour of fishing village,Pitons,volcano and rhum distillery, it was well organize by Max Henri our Air Transat representative she is speaking french and english i found her very helpfull especially with 2 deft persons who was on our tour.All the people that we met where very nice.I'ts was very interesting and very welle explain. I surely recommende those tour to all of you.

Visited March 2013
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BarefootHoliday... S, Owner at Barefoot Holidays Saint Lucia Day Tours, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us and for recommending our tours on Tripadvisor. We are glad that Max made a difference in your vacation and will share your comments with her. Should you come back to our beautiful island, do let us know as it will be our pleasure to create other unique island experiences for you!

Erwin Louisy, President of Barefoot Holidays DMC Saint Lucia
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