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#1
Illinois
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Joined Jul 2011
We are going on a Southern Carribean cruise the first of November. Would like to get a tour of St. Lucia while on the island. Looking for a tour where we will not be packed in a cruise bus. Any suggestions of a reliable company?
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Flagler Beach, Florida
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Cosol Tours. One of the very best tours I have EVER been on and we have traveled all over the world! Lots of great reviews here on Cruise Critic and also on Tripadvisor.com. Just do a search on Google and the web site will come up. Price is $65. per person. A REALLY terrific tour and you get nice and clost to the Pitons at a beach right between them!! I see they have even added a boat tour by them since I took the tour in 2008. We will be going on this tour again in December!
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Milwaukee, WI USA
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Another vote for Cosol! One of the best excursions we have ever taken. He has several drivers so you may not ride with Cosol himself but his drivers are all very proud of their country and they will give you a fantastic tour. All the tour vans will stay together and Cosol will check on each group at every stop. Don't pass up on any of the food, it was all delicious!
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#4
Romsey England
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I've only done cheapskate barter-on-the-pier with taxi drivers.
A great experience and super value.

So I can't add my vote for Cosul.
But I've seen the name mentioned many many times on cc and on other cruise sites, and always in high praise.

BTW, cruise tours use similar vehicles - the island's roads are unsuitable for larger vehicles. But, as usual with cruiseline excursions, certainly neither best value nor as flexible as a private tour.

At the end of the tour, get the driver to drop you at a beach. Probably no extra charge to drop you at Choc beach (idyllic palm-fringed beach, few tourists or locals, just one bar). Or go a few miles further to Reduit beach in Rodney Bay (tourist beach, all the facilities & toys). Driver can fix for you to be collected later.

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Albuquerque, NM born and raised in The Netherlands
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Joined Sep 2005
I have done this tour with Frank Taxi toursand Serenity tours and am now booked with Cosol for next month. On the first two tours we had a great time but everytime we saw Cosol's vans those people had more fun and more interaction with their driver. So we are very excited to go with Cosol this time around. The island tour is to die for and on Cosol's tour you get to go to Jalousie beach by the Pitons for one hour.

Have fun...
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indiana
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Joined Feb 2009
Cosol's tour is in our top 3 ever tours. We are going back to St. Lucia just to do it again. Can't wait to taxi over to beach by the Pitons
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Milwaukee, WI USA
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Joined Sep 2002
Just wanted to mention that you should bring snorkeling gear with you if you visit the beach between the Pitons (Jalousie beach I think?). We did not bring ours and read later that it is fantastic. Very sorry we missed it.

Enjoy, you can't go wrong with Cosol!
#10
Coastal NC by way of Middle TN
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Joined Mar 2010
Another vote for Cosol! I would love to do his tour again, but we didn't have quite enough time at Jalousie, so we are going straight there next time around.
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Murrells Inlet South Carolina
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I would highly reccomend Spencer Ambrose tours. He is oooo awesome. You can find reviews about him on this board! We tour with him again in September!
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#13
Northern Illinois
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Joined Apr 2007
Originally posted by Sgt. Jeff
I would highly reccomend Spencer Ambrose tours. He is oooo awesome. You can find reviews about him on this board! We tour with him again in September!
I enjoyed Spencer Ambrose's tour as well. You might want to compare the two (SA versus Cosol) The merchants on the side of the road are awful ... but you can't avoid them as they know where the guides stop for photo ops.
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#14
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Joined Mar 2009
We are looking at Spencer Tour for our trip in January. Can you tell me more about it? We are debating whether to take just a land tour or land/sea. When you do the boat portion, do you get to see the "high-end estates"?
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#15
Ohio
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Joined Mar 2010
After reading this thread about Cosol Tours, I took a look at the website and it does look awesome. We'll be in St Lucia in mid-February on Princess and have only taken ship tours before, but this one sounds much better than the ship tours offered.

Question 1: on the website it appears to be a standard tour for $65, and it describes briefly where you visit, etc. However, wondering if the beach you visit to swim is the one between the Pitons? That sounds great if it is.

Question 2: if there are only the 2 of us, will they combine our tour with others from the ship, to make a fuller tour? I don't mind this at all and having a few others around would probably add to the fun, but wondering if this is just something they would do automatically or if we should mention that we wouldn't mind sharing our tour with others?

Thanks for any feedback!
#17
Indiana
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Joined Mar 2011
We have booked a tour with Spencer Ambrose "Beach Break Tour" in Feb.
Takes you by speed boat along the coast and stops at one beach along the way and ends up at Jalouise Beach where you can swim or snorkel for quite awhile. He provides pop, water, beer and rum punch and a lunch when you arrive at Jalouise. I choose Spencer from the reviews and didn't wan't a land tour along with the beach tour. Also, I did not see where Cosol had this tour to offer. Spencer has received great reviews. All e-mails that I have sent him with questions he has responded back quickly.
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#18
Boston, MA
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Joined Nov 2010
Originally posted by CaribbeanLife
We have booked a tour with Spencer Ambrose "Beach Break Tour" in Feb.
Takes you by speed boat along the coast and stops at one beach along the way and ends up at Jalouise Beach where you can swim or snorkel for quite awhile. He provides pop, water, beer and rum punch and a lunch when you arrive at Jalouise. I choose Spencer from the reviews and didn't wan't a land tour along with the beach tour. Also, I did not see where Cosol had this tour to offer. Spencer has received great reviews. All e-mails that I have sent him with questions he has responded back quickly.
How much does that cost?
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#20
Virginia
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Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by lightninbug
After reading this thread about Cosol Tours, I took a look at the website and it does look awesome. We'll be in St Lucia in mid-February on Princess and have only taken ship tours before, but this one sounds much better than the ship tours offered.

Question 1: on the website it appears to be a standard tour for $65, and it describes briefly where you visit, etc. However, wondering if the beach you visit to swim is the one between the Pitons? That sounds great if it is.

Question 2: if there are only the 2 of us, will they combine our tour with others from the ship, to make a fuller tour? I don't mind this at all and having a few others around would probably add to the fun, but wondering if this is just something they would do automatically or if we should mention that we wouldn't mind sharing our tour with others?

Thanks for any feedback!
Been on Cosol's tours 2x - most recently Oct. 21. Had a great time. The beach is the one between the Pitons. Can swim, and also has a snorkeling area. Cosol generally gets 3 -4 vans filled, with 8 - 10 people. He will add you with others (that's what we did the first time). Great drivers, lots of information, lots of great scenery. Be sure to have a camera - pictures to remember for a lifetime. Had Cosol himself as our driver this time. Great man, and he keeps an eye out for all of his customers.
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