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Things to do while at Gros Islet!

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Things to do while at Gros Islet!

Will be staying at Rodney Bay in Jan for a week. Any recommendation on day-long excersion which does not require driving? Thanks!

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1. Re: Things to do while at Gros Islet!

there is very little to see or do around Rodney Bay (outside of the restaurants, shopping, casino and beach!) that is within walking distance. Pretty much all the historical sights, craft markets, other beaches, etc. will require some driving to get to them. Right in Rodney Bay, you could try out the Segway tour. It is not an all day excursion - probably about 2 hours with training, etc. but a good way to spend and afternoon and see a bit of the area. It is right by Rehab on the main strip.

Perhaps Pigeon Island would be an option - it can be reached either by water taxi across the bay or by cab, about 10/15 minutes. Lovely beach, some ruins from the British fort, hike to the top of Signal hill for views out over RB and out to Martinique. 2 great restaurants there for both local food and pub food. A great way to spend the day. But- some driving or water taxi involved.

Castries is a great morning trip - to the craft market and produce market, Derek Walcott square, the cathedral, up to Morne Fortune for the amazing views and maybe a bit of duty free shopping. Again though- driving involved.

There is ziplining and the arial tram through the rainforest, there is ATVing, there is horseback riding, etc. all within about 30 minutes drive time from Rodney Bay, but again - driving.

It would help to know what your drive time limits may be.

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2. Re: Things to do while at Gros Islet!

Thank you for reply and recommendations. By "no-driving required" I meant won't have any rental car, but taxi or a tour would be fine. Although, more than 1/2 hour of ride or so would be a stretch if winding road/white-knuckle ride would be involved:-) Thanks again!

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3. Re: Things to do while at Gros Islet!

It all depends upon your staying location in Gros Islet. When I first stated researching St.lucia, I thought we could have just zapped from here to there because the island is so small. I was totally wrong. I would suggest that you head across to Pigeon Island which is quite rich in history. Horseback riding and ATV are a bit of a distance but like I said it depends on where you are coming from.

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Two of us will be staying in BGBR. BTW, curious about the tipping $ on the island (e.g. Taxi from UVF, restaurant, etc.). Thanks a bunch!

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5. Re: Things to do while at Gros Islet!

Then, within about a 30 or so minute reasonable drive of BGBR, there are lots of things to do - ziplining/arial tram, ATV with Aanazi ATV, Horseback riding, Pigeon Island, Castries for the craft/produce markets, cathedral, lighthouse, etc.

It's easy to hire a taxi to take you to the different places - although some of the tours include transportation.

As for tipping, that is completely at your discretion. Hotels and most restaurants include a 10% service charge, which is shared amongst the staff. If you feel you received service above that, then a tip is always appreciated. You cab driver - if he gives you a good ride with info about the various places (most drivers love to talk about the island), then of course a tip is always welcome. 10%-15% is pretty standard, but more is always welcome too!!! A couple of dollars to your housekeeper is always a good idea, etc. Use your own discretion - if you get great service, tip. If you don't, then don't tip.

All in all, I am sure you will have a great trip.The roads aren't as bad as you think - seriously consider a day trip down to Soufriere to see the Pitons, the volcano and do some snorkeling or swimming at the base of the Pitons - simply beautiful! You can do this by boat both ways, if that's easier or do land one way and sea return. Think about it - Cosol, Spencer Ambrose, Joe Know's, Franks, Serenity, etc all offer a tour down to the Soufriere region. It is about an hour one way - but the sights are so amazing it is completely worht it!

Enjoy your visit!

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Reedprincess, thank you very much for your helpful feedback. I am sure we will enjoy our stay.

Edited: 1:48 pm, January 15, 2012
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7. Re: Things to do while at Gros Islet!

I also forgot to mention the street party is a must do. I won't advise that you walk to get there but is worth the drive.

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Thanks YUNVI. I have seen remarks about going to street party, but also seen note(s) about too much smoking. Regardless, we will sure give it a try.

BTW, seen very good comments about Segway tour around Rodney Bay. Any idea? Thanks!

Edited: 8:54 am, January 16, 2012
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I wouldn't worry too much about smoking at the street party - it is an open air venue and if someone lights up next to you, you can just move to another location. It is great fun and the food is wonderful - if you can, I wouldn't miss it.

Enjoy!

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10. Re: Things to do while at Gros Islet!

Shah~

Like Reed said Gros Islet is an open area so you can always move away. However it is not a major problem. Also there are police all over doing patrols so no need to worry.

I have never done Segway but it seem to be quite popular now. It is listed as the Number 1 tour and is within walking distance so you should look into it.