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St. Lucia vs Barbados

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St. Lucia vs Barbados

If you have been to both, just looking at cost of visiting, which is more expensive Barbados or St. Lucia, restaurants, buses and of course beer

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1. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

They are completely different islands. Barbados is a flat, arid, coral island with white sandy beaches and light turquoise sea. St. Lucia is a mountainous, rain forest island with striking scenery. Comparing them based on the price of beer is not a good way to choose a holiday destination!

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2. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

About the same cost wise for eats and drinks have been to Barbados only once, heading back to St lucia in 3 weeks time for our 3rd visit just has such a nice vibe and beautiful peope, just our preference I'm sure you will enjoy which ever you choose

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3. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

chesebrgr it was only an example jeez...it must be important to you because you picked up on the beer part of question but not the restaurant or bus part of the question

Thanks tilli1989 that is the type of info I am looking for

Edited: 03 December 2012, 13:39
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4. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

Wherever you go, remember to pack your chill, sounds like you need some relaxation :)

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Well if you would have worded your response better, it wouldn't have come off sounding the way it did, you do know how to use smiley's :)

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6. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

Wow, and just like that, the post has deteriorated.

Yes, the islands are quite different in topography and character, development, etc. Not what the OP asked.

As for costs, which the OP did ask about - they are fairly similar. Both islands can be quite inexpensive if you are living like a local and staying on the economy and both can be quite expensive if you are staying luxury and only eating imported or in tourist hot spots.

Beer prices are fairly similar, as noted in your other posts, Will-Sandy. Buses are incredibly cheap on St. Lucia - but not very reliable. There are no schedules, buses go when they are full and can stop and drop or pick up passengers anywhere along their route. And very unreliable at night or on the less traveled routes (some of the southern areas).

Taxis can be very expensive - $80US one way from UVF airport to Rodney Bay, for example. Or $90US one way Castries to Soufriere. Then again - they are also excellent as tour guides along the way - that price will include stops if you need/want them, etc. IF you like a driver, you can hire them for multiple trips and then you can negotiate prices.

Overall - similar in expense. One can nitpick that one is more expensive than the other - but overall, fairly similar. As for the islands' themselves - completely different in scenery, activities, topography, etc.

Enjoy, whichever you choose to visit!

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7. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

Thanks reedprincess that is what I am looking for, we have to Barbados three times and it is nice to compare

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8. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

Sorry to throw yet another island in the mix - but we are trying to decide between St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbados for a week next November....!

There is no doubt that St. Lucia looks by far the most stunning but living in Ireland, I know only too well that there's a reason for all the greenery - it's called rain! We went to the British Virgin Islands in September a couple of years ago and despite loving Tortola, did get rained out quite badly... so that is something we are trying to avoid this time, especially as we'll only have a week and the sunshine will have to get us through the UK/Irish winter!

Having looked at climate charts, Antigua looks a bit drier than the other two, is that correct?

In terms of things to do, apart from relaxing we always enjoy doing a day-trip or two - are there enough places to explore (historical towns, plantation houses, nature reserves etc.) in any of the three islands?

Otherwise, we like it nice and quiet - preferrably adults only - but I know that depends on the resort we pick (and avoiding any half-term and Thanksgiving holidays, of course). Antigua seems to offer more all-inclusive options than the other two, not a must at all but it obviously does help when trying to estimate the overall cost...

Any advice would be most appreciated!

Monika

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9. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

St Lucia tops the list with things to do - more than you can fit into a week. You can get hit with rainy weather on any of the islands. In St Lucia rain occurs mainly overnight and when it rains during the day it is usually short lived. I've been there three times and only once did we experience a prolonged downpour that lasted the entire morning.

Though I have not been, I have read Antigua is very commercialized with not much to offer other than beach and watersports.

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10. Re: St. Lucia vs Barbados

NCVienna - for more info comparing the 2 islands, Antigua and St. Lucia - do a search of these boards. A quick search of "St Lucia vs Antigua" or similar will bring up lots and lots of threads comparing the 2 islands.

If those don't answer your questions, then try posting your specific questions in a new thread. You will get more answers that way rather than tagging onto a post about something else.

Do try the search first though. Enjoy, whichever island you choose.

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