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#21
Lake George New York
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Joined Feb 2016
I'm not sure if we are allowed to post links but you can just google COSOL tours st. lucia and it'll give you his website. The tour starts on a bus with no more than 10 people I believe. But he stops every 10 minutes or so for picture opportunities as well as a couple stops for homemade snacks, breads fruit etc. You get a tour of the banana plantation along the way then you board a boat to snorkel/swim for about an hour. Then you go to the sulphur springs to see the drive in valcano, the mud bath and the waterfall. Not sure the exact order but you literally see all of the sights of the island and it only costs $75 pp and that includes all the food/drinks as well as entrance fees to the mud bath etc. He guarantees to have you back to the ship on time, and he doesn't require payment up front. You pay at the end of the tour! He has excellent ratings and reviews from tripadvisor as well as here on CC.
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#22
St. Lucia, West Indies
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Joined Aug 2008
Originally posted by lunavolare
Is the transport on this tour by bus? I'm trying to find the tour that starts with the speedboat to Soufriere
Cosol's tour is by van both ways.
For speedboat tour, check Spencer Ambrose, Joe Knows, Son of Man, Serenity TVL, Joy's Ocean Angel, etc.
Enjoy.
#23
Nashville TN
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Joined Aug 2016
Originally posted by Kristianmom3x
I'm not sure if we are allowed to post links but you can just google COSOL tours st. lucia and it'll give you his website. The tour starts on a bus with no more than 10 people I believe. But he stops every 10 minutes or so for picture opportunities as well as a couple stops for homemade snacks, breads fruit etc. You get a tour of the banana plantation along the way then you board a boat to snorkel/swim for about an hour. Then you go to the sulphur springs to see the drive in valcano, the mud bath and the waterfall. Not sure the exact order but you literally see all of the sights of the island and it only costs $75 pp and that includes all the food/drinks as well as entrance fees to the mud bath etc. He guarantees to have you back to the ship on time, and he doesn't require payment up front. You pay at the end of the tour! He has excellent ratings and reviews from tripadvisor as well as here on CC.
Thanks for the info. If our speed boat tour doesn't materialize, we'll switch to Cosol.

Patricia
#25
Santa Cruz, CA
803 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
I'm interested in this tour company, but when I try to get to their website, my computer (and a second one I also tried with) directs me to a page that says "This account is suspended."

Anyone else seeing this?
#26
Canada
817 Posts
Joined Jul 2013
Originally posted by scdreamer
I'm interested in this tour company, but when I try to get to their website, my computer (and a second one I also tried with) directs me to a page that says "This account is suspended."

Anyone else seeing this?
I had no problem getting the site to come up. Try this link:

http://www.cosol-tours.com

We took the tour 2 years ago and found it to be one of the best excursions we've had in the Caribbean. Our driver was friendly, informative, and very friendly. We never felt rushed at any of our stops, and the boat ride to and from the Piton beach stop was a highlight.

Someone mentioned trying to do these sites on their own. Unless you're accustomed to driving in some of the mountainous islands, I wouldn't recommend it. The roads cover some very mountainous terrain with narrow, twisty roads.

One caveat: if you're at all susceptible to car sickness, take a Bonine or Dramamine before departing.
#27
Charlotte, NC
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We did Cosol on our honeymoon cruise and it was one of the best excursions we ever took!

Never felt rushed, saw/did a ton, was well fed and the best part was that our driver, Baptiste used to be a police officer in our hometown of Charlotte, NC!
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#28
Powdersville, SC
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Joined Nov 2006
On our most recent cruise (9/16), we booked with Cosol for our stop in St. Lucia. It was quite likely our favorite tour in 16 cruises. The itinerary is exactly as stated, so I won't bore you with that. We, too, had Baptiste as our driver and he is a fascinating guy. Very engaging, very intelligent. He has wonderful life experiences and shares them freely.

Highlights... the food stops... very surprised. We are generally picky eaters but stepped out and tried alot. Very glad we did. Everything was tasty and plentiful. The breakfast stop... even tried the sop. Was interesting. Banana plantation was interesting and tasty. The Pitons were amazing. We don't snorkel often but this was the best snorkeling we've ever done. (I'm sure there is better but this was easy and tons of fish.) Nice small beach but the Pitons are the draw. Soufriere... just fun! Again... the mud bath - we stepped out of our comfort zone. So you enter a natural spring... it was BEYOND hot. We went midday. It was actually very painful. I'd do it again but can't overstate how hot it was. Then you put the mud on (outside the "tub") & go back in for a rinse. Again.. pain. Most in our group dipped a foot and chickened out. But do it! Then we went to the waterfall... it felt freezing but it was very refreshing. You can stand right under the waterfall... quite a force.

The only drawback, and this was just bad luck... we got stuck behind THREE big trucks on the way back. VERY long drive. But again, Baptiste made it awesome. The bread and cheese... tasty. I cannot recommend this tour enough.

One last funny story... there was a plane flying around that morning, just circling. Baptiste found out (former PD) that it was a drug drop that didn't go so well. Authorities were waiting... plane never landed. Just a fun story. Don't worry... crime was NEVER a concern. The people there were wonderful. I'd honestly love to do that same tour again.
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#29
Central Mass
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Joined Apr 2006
To those who gave done this tour already, do we need any special footwear for the baths? Csn we go in barefoot or do you recommend water shoes? Thanks. We leave in 12 days and I am excited for this your
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#30
152 Posts
Joined Jun 2014
We went in barefoot. And yes, it was HOT!! I wasn't sure that I'd actually do it because it looked so messy, but we ended up doing it alright (fueled by copious amounts of rum punch LOL) and it was great! As was the entire tour. Would 100% recommend!!!
#31
1,293 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
Originally posted by Albums in the Attic
On our most recent cruise (9/16), we booked with Cosol for our stop in St. Lucia. It was quite likely our favorite tour in 16 cruises. The itinerary is exactly as stated, so I won't bore you with that. We, too, had Baptiste as our driver and he is a fascinating guy. Very engaging, very intelligent. He has wonderful life experiences and shares them freely.

Highlights... the food stops... very surprised. We are generally picky eaters but stepped out and tried alot. Very glad we did. Everything was tasty and plentiful. The breakfast stop... even tried the sop. Was interesting. Banana plantation was interesting and tasty. The Pitons were amazing. We don't snorkel often but this was the best snorkeling we've ever done. (I'm sure there is better but this was easy and tons of fish.) Nice small beach but the Pitons are the draw. Soufriere... just fun! Again... the mud bath - we stepped out of our comfort zone. So you enter a natural spring... it was BEYOND hot. We went midday. It was actually very painful. I'd do it again but can't overstate how hot it was. Then you put the mud on (outside the "tub") & go back in for a rinse. Again.. pain. Most in our group dipped a foot and chickened out. But do it! Then we went to the waterfall... it felt freezing but it was very refreshing. You can stand right under the waterfall... quite a force.

The only drawback, and this was just bad luck... we got stuck behind THREE big trucks on the way back. VERY long drive. But again, Baptiste made it awesome. The bread and cheese... tasty. I cannot recommend this tour enough.

One last funny story... there was a plane flying around that morning, just circling. Baptiste found out (former PD) that it was a drug drop that didn't go so well. Authorities were waiting... plane never landed. Just a fun story. Don't worry... crime was NEVER a concern. The people there were wonderful. I'd honestly love to do that same tour again.
Now, a more sensitive question applicable to men of a certain age.

Enough rest room opportunities along the way?
#33
Powdersville, SC
77 Posts
Joined Nov 2006
Originally posted by John Reid
Now, a more sensitive question applicable to men of a certain age.

Enough rest room opportunities along the way?
Absolutely. This was not a strenuous excursion by any stretch. The most strenuous activity was a short walk to the waterfalls. I would estimate MAYBE a 1/4 mile. Much of the time was spent touring in a comfortable van. Plenty of rest time, yet packed with fun.
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#35
wisconsin
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Joined Oct 2014
We just did a tour with Cosol. Bumpy was our guide. He was great. Plenty of stops. Very informative and some great local food samples.
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#36
Chicago area, USA
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Joined Nov 2001
Hmmm... their web site does come up as "account suspended"; I have a tour booked on January 9; has anyone had recent contact with Cosol?
#37
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Joined Jun 2013
Earlier poster mentioned a caravan of approximately 10 vans doing this tour together. Is this standard practice?
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#38
Central PA
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Joined Jul 2002
Just off Granduer today and had booked Cosol tour in St Lucia for our group of 12. The ship had a docking issue so we were late getting off but met up with Cosol as directed in tour confirmation email. Our driver/guide was Yellow Bird. The van was nice, spacious with comfortable seats and air conditioning. Even though we got a late start we were still able to see and do everything on the tour. Yellow Bird was very good with time managenent and we were back at the port in plenty of time.

Snorkeling at Sugar Beach was good. Swim almost out to the buoys and it drops off. We swam through walls of fish of all colors out there but there is plenty in closer to shore too.

Food tastings - stopped at a cool place where several tables were set up. We walked around the tables and filled our plates. Each food was labeled so we knew what we were eating. We fed our leftovers to the three resident dogs that hang out under the balcony. They gobble up anything you toss down to them. Wish I would have thought to bring some dog biscuits along.

Sulfur spring and mud bath - water is 100 degrees and felt great. Then you get smeared with white mud which dries quickly. Then back into the sulpher spring to wash off everything but your face. That gets washed off at the next stop, the waterfall. There you stand under the cascading water and rinse off the remaining mud. Our skin felt nice and soft after.

We learned a lot about the island, made a stop for still warm, freshly baked bread and another stop for cheese to put in the bread.

Not sure what my favorite part of the tour was, it was all fun and interesting. But everyone in our group agreed that it was well worth the cost.
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#39
West Hempstead, NY
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Joined Jan 2003
I believe we were on the second COSOL van on the same tour Checkard already mentioned. We had Adrien as our guide and he was excellent also.

I agree with most of what Checkard has said except we wish we had more time at the mud baths and waterfall. Seems we were running a bit late, we did feel rushed to be in and out of the hot springs and mud bath and barely had time to get in and under the waterfall. Other than that, we got what was promised and the experience and tour was very nice.

Cheers

Len
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#40
West Hempstead, NY
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Just a word of warning. This tour does go thru some very step very winding mountain roads. MY DW did get a bit car sick, so if anyone is prone to that, be forewarned.

Cheers

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