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I can’t speak to Cosol, but my family did the Beach and Island tour with Spencer

 

It was FANTASTIC, and Spencer and his family were a delight to do business with. Excellent pre cruise communication and easy booking.

 

 

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Help me decide. Both have similar itineraries.

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

 

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We did Cosol twice and found them to be excellent both times! Good, well rounded tour for the money. Saw the major sites and did some good snorkeling too. Free beer and sodas all day plus a stop for lunch to sample local foods was included. Do it!!

 

 

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Help me decide. Both have similar itineraries.

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

 

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Major difference between the two:

Cosol is a land trip both ways to/from Soufriere while Spencer is a boat trip both ways to Soufriere.

The sights in Soufriere are the same whomever you go with... It's a question of land trip both ways, which has great sights along the way but is a winding mountainous drive or sea trip each way which is a high speed boat trip - again, stunning scenery, but same both ways. (No bathroom on the boat, and minimal shade, and fast, be prepared for rough ride!).

 

Both are excellent, both include all entrance fees beach time (more time wirh Spencer due to shorter transfer time), food and drinks along the way, etc.

 

Maybe consider a land/sea combo - down by land, return by sea such as Herod's or Serenity or such.

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Has anyone done the Serenity Day Sail?

 

 

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Lots of people have, you can read reviews of Serenity at TripAdvisor, CruiseCritic's sister site...

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Major difference between the two:

Cosol is a land trip both ways to/from Soufriere while Spencer is a boat trip both ways to Soufriere.

The sights in Soufriere are the same whomever you go with... It's a question of land trip both ways, which has great sights along the way but is a winding mountainous drive or sea trip each way which is a high speed boat trip - again, stunning scenery, but same both ways. (No bathroom on the boat, and minimal shade, and fast, be prepared for rough ride!).

 

Both are excellent, both include all entrance fees beach time (more time wirh Spencer due to shorter transfer time), food and drinks along the way, etc.

 

Maybe consider a land/sea combo - down by land, return by sea such as Herod's or Serenity or such.

 

 

 

Actually with Spencer we did a private van out-bound, lunch at the beach, and boat trip back.

 

 

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Actually with Spencer we did a private van out-bound, lunch at the beach, and boat trip back.

 

 

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How long ago was your tour with Spencer, as he stopped doing the land/sea combo a while back, and does it by sea both ways now. Of course, booking a private tour, he'll set up whatever way you want...

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Help me decide. Both have similar itineraries.

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

 

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PS: if you're comparing Spencer's West Coast Island Delight vs Cosol's main tour, there's very little difference at all, BTW. Flip a coin. They're both excellent.

Probably should have asked which Spencer tour you were comparing with Cosol...

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I just did Cosol absinthe for the third time. His lunch is great, the rum was floating all day. So was the beer.

 

A new addition fir me was the Mud Baths. Loved it,

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How long ago was your tour with Spencer, as he stopped doing the land/sea combo a while back, and does it by sea both ways now. Of course, booking a private tour, he'll set up whatever way you want...

 

 

 

We did this trip with Spencer in 2015.

 

 

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We did this trip with Spencer in 2015.

 

 

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Yup, there you go. He changed his tour since then, and it's no longer van down, boat back. It's boat both ways.

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Yup, there you go. He changed his tour since then, and it's no longer van down, boat back. It's boat both ways.

 

 

 

Good to know, thanks!

 

Regardless, Spencer and his family are great people and you will be well cared for if you find an itinerary that suits you.

 

Enjoy St Lucia, it is one of my favorite islands.

 

Happy New Year

 

 

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  1. We enjoyed Spencer's tour-- would book it again in a heartbeat.

Your gonna be on The Fascination in March....date?

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We went with spencer on his boat to the mud baths and waterfall. We had a brilliant day, if I was going to be negative at all, we could have done with it being a little shorter. We didn't get much time in the port when we got back, half an hour less on the beach would have been fine. But a fab tour!

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We went with Spencer last week and although we didn't love some aspects of the tour, it was vastly preferable to go by boat than van. We heard from others on our ship that spent an hour and a half each way in the back of a van to get to and from Soufrière. No thank you. The boat ride took about 45 minutes and was beautiful and scenic both ways.

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We went with Spencer last week and although we didn't love some aspects of the tour, it was vastly preferable to go by boat than van. We heard from others on our ship that spent an hour and a half each way in the back of a van to get to and from Soufrière. No thank you. The boat ride took about 45 minutes and was beautiful and scenic both ways.

 

I've read some posts on this website that this was a speed boat ride going and coming back. If you get seasick easily, would this be a problem?

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Help me decide. Both have similar itineraries.

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

 

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We just got back- did the Cosol tour, it was awesome! Our driver really went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time! I can’t speak about the other tour, but I can’t imagine not getting to drive through the fishing villages and seeing the open markets and how different the homes are in these areas. Also, amazing views of the rainforest and tasting the local foods and bananas fresh off the trees was amazing!

 

 

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We just got back- did the Cosol tour, it was awesome! Our driver really went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time! I can’t speak about the other tour, but I can’t imagine not getting to drive through the fishing villages and seeing the open markets and how different the homes are in these areas. Also, amazing views of the rainforest and tasting the local foods and bananas fresh off the trees was amazing!

 

 

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Thanks Staci,

 

There are some other good tours, a little cheaper, than Cosol . . . but it certainly seems Cosol offers the most and is the best experience from the driving tours so I am sticking with them for my May cruise. I too don't mind driving through villages and from my understanding you still take a boat to Sugar Beach so it is not like that experience is missing.

 

Glad you had a good time :)

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Hello,

 

We did cosol past week......Do cosol eyes close!!!

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Did Spencer tour in early March....The tours were great, but we had a boat problem and the crew didn't handle it very well at all. I'm not here to bash Spencer, like I said, we enjoyed the tour, but after the mishap he said he would be in contact with everyone involved and haven't heard a word from him.......I'll go with Cosol next time.

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This is worrying me re the boats. Is spencer overbooking? He told a member of our roll call that he could do up to 30 people for the jalousie beach anse chastenet snorkeling. I was horrified because I'm reading all these boat stories... since then he reassured me but I'm not sure I'm going if it looks like a madhouse.

 

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We did Cosol back in 2012. We didn't see everything...no mudbath and no waterfall that time. Maybe it was just the day...I know the itinerary is subject to change. We loved our day, wouldn't change anything. Try Cosol, I recommend it.

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We did Cosol several years ago, but it was a land/water tour. The reason I say this, it was mostly land, until we got to the Piton mountains, and did the beach below, with a boat picking us up and taking us to that area. The whole tour land/water was wonderful.

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Just did Cosol Tours a few weeks ago and IT WAS GREAT!!!

 

 

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Glad to read this. It has been several years that we used them, and found them wonderful even back then. If we get to go to St. Lucia next year, I am planning on using them again!:)

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Just did Cosol on 5-17.

 

Literally a perfect tour . . . .Except the drive back. Took forever and was very windy going down. It was so bad that I would not do it again. It is not for me and many others agreed it put a damper on an otherwise perfect day. Not the tour company’s fault it just part of the process.

 

The food is excellent and plentiful at the breakfast stop and the snorkeling at Jalousie beach is great. Did wish for another 30 minutes. Chairs are limited in the reserved section but was in the water the whole hour we were there. Mobile bar was fantastic.

 

No regrets and it is a 5 star operation. All drivers were first class.

 

Next trip I am likely to do a beach day or roll with Spencer and use the boat . . . But if you can deal with a windy drive back and looking to save some money, Cosol is an ideal option. I find it difficult to believe any of the “driving” tours can top this one.

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We just got back- did the Cosol tour, it was awesome! Our driver really went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time! I can’t speak about the other tour, but I can’t imagine not getting to drive through the fishing villages and seeing the open markets and how different the homes are in these areas. Also, amazing views of the rainforest and tasting the local foods and bananas fresh off the trees was amazing!

 

 

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Absolutely . . . The drive to Soufriere was fantastic. I must say I am glad I got to experience it.

 

But the long rendundant drive back down the mountains after an action packed day and a few drinks was a drag. I wish there was a way to stay longer at Jalousie and speed boat back to Castries . . . .with of course a bigger cost for the convenience.

 

But it is a 5 star experience through and through.

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Hello,

 

We did cosol past week......Do cosol eyes close!!!

I m debating taking the Cosol Tour. Is it really 1 1/2 hours there and 1 1/2 hours back? Is it a scary ride? meaning winding road and fast speed? Not sure I can handle that. thanks for input

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I m debating taking the Cosol Tour. Is it really 1 1/2 hours there and 1 1/2 hours back? Is it a scary ride? meaning winding road and fast speed? Not sure I can handle that. thanks for input

 

It was a solid hour and change of driving going back . . . With a stop for hot bread and cheese thrown in between (delicious).

 

I wouldn’t say it was overly fast, but it is definitely windy, long and redundant.

 

You don’t notice as much on the way there because of the sights and stops . . . .but after a long day it was a bit much to have that drive to end it.

 

No regrets at all doing this tour, but the drive back ensured that I don’t need to do it again.

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With Cosol, do you get back to port with time to shop at all? Or is there time to buy souvenirs along the way?

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With Cosol, do you get back to port with time to shop at all? Or is there time to buy souvenirs along the way?

 

Yea there are a few souvenir stops. If you are in port 8-5, the tour is roughly 8:30 to 3:30 so it gives you about an hour to shop in the port area as well.

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We have booked the tour with Spencer as even reading the words 'long, winding bus journey' is making me feel travel sick! But on top of that with the Spencer tour you get 2 hours at the beach, vs I think 45 mins with Cosol. Hoping the tour goes well, we don't go until December!

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Yes the ride back is tough but I have done it three times. But like 45 minutes. There is plenty of time to shop.

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Another alternative that no one has mentioned is Joe Knows Tours. They also offer the speedboat ride both ways to the mud bathes, the falls, local restaurant on the beach for lunch, swimming and snorkeling. I've done them twice and had JR for our guide. They are 5 star rated on Trip Advisor, an excellent day!

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Another alternative that no one has mentioned is Joe Knows Tours. They also offer the speedboat ride both ways to the mud bathes, the falls, local restaurant on the beach for lunch, swimming and snorkeling. I've done them twice and had JR for our guide. They are 5 star rated on Trip Advisor, an excellent day!

 

Wondering if the boats are approximately the same number of passengers as Spencer’s. Any significant differences or just a different option of about the same with good reviews as well?

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