I would suggest to do your own thing on other islands. There is so much to see and do on St Lucia.
For a fabulous excursion, the Catamaran day-trip down to the Pitons is great. You will stop off en-route at a lovely sandy bay beach for about 45 mins for a swim ( they say Pirates of the Caribbean 2 was filmed there! ), then continue down around the pitons - much better seen from the sea than the land. The trip back on the bus includes lunch and other visits, sulphur springs etc.
Do you happen to know the name of this tour operator?? It sounds fab, can we book before we go and where do you meet them? Thak you.
You should have no problem just walk into the cruise /duty free shopping area and as many taxis as you want,best to go as a four or six share the fare and you can have a tour or just go to the beach,pay on return and agree a price before getting in never heard of anyone getting left on the island. You can do the same at all the islands.have a nice cruise?
One of the best spots for beauty and a nice beach- as recommended by Buckley of Rhyl, take a taxi and head for Marigot Bay.
The Wharf Beach is fine and easily accessable by Taxi.Nice little Bar on site run by an English Lady.
One Tip no two agree price with taxi driver first and try to tender the exact money St Lucia Taxis tend to be short on Change.
Also have a look at Cosol tours on line Excellent Service and Value for Money.
You will probably find an abundance of taxi drivers outside the port waiting for customers who have just got off the docked boat. They usually ask for $20 per person and you end up on a mini bus that seats 20 or so people. The taxi driver will give you a tour of the island stopping off at various places he thinks are of interest to you.
We have often used the registered taxis and mini buses in the caribbean, always much cheaper than the ships tours! you are always told if you do this on your own and are late back to the ship ,it will not wait for you!! but if on a ships tour and something goes wrong you are ok. but on a small island the beaches are so close that should not happen and we have done it many times. I would sugest you do the beach for the morning and arrange for the taxi to collect you at lunch time, and spend the afternoon in St lucia sightseeing, that way you are back in port in view of the ship ! for the afternoon.
There is the old town of Castries and a huge market with all the usual spices,clothes, and local craft and etc.
Always check with the cab driver the length of the journey to the beach etc.
Its cheaper if you share a mini bus with several people, the drivers know what time your ship leaves, we have had some wonderful drivers that have taken us ,and are very knowledgable with their island history. good luck you will love it Do it in Barbados too all thier taxis are registered and and the drivers.
We just said "take us to a beach like this!!! "showing him a post card, and collect us at !oc he took us to the most amazing beach , and he was back on the dot! Enjoy!