In preparing for our trip we reviewed a number of different tour groups even looking at Simon Says. We decided not to book anything before we left and get a feel for St Lucia. Upon arriving at Hewanorra Airport we were funneled into the Southern Taxicab Association group. They wanted to overcharge us for our ride to the hotel in Soufriere and were pressuring us to go with them. We backed away and decided to go exchange some money at the bank....and that's where we ran into the one of the best decisions we made while in St Lucia....talking to and hiring Simon!
He was warm and friendly and although we were a bit skeptical at first he gave us a great deal for the transfer to the hotel. Along the way he started telling us about St Lucia, what he does, things to see and do etc. Because of our prior research we knew prices and tour itineraries and he beat all the big name tour people.
We hired him for the next day and he was prompt and friendly as he was the day before. His employee Johnny was also with him and was also a great kid who was warm and friendly as well. Simon took us to Sulphur Springs, a few of the local waterfalls a botanical garden and some lesser known mineral baths. Along the way he was informative but not in your face. He epitomizes the local laid back friendly vibe and we couldn't have been happier! He dropped us back off at our hotel and later picked us up for the Friday Night Fish Fry in Anse La Raye. Another couple that he had picked up earlier in the day joined us and we had a fantastic time! Be aware this is a very local experience. If you want white tablecloths and waiter service then this is not the experience for you. If you want local flavor, fun times, and a laid back island feel check this out!
Simon also arranged a boat trip to Marigot Bay and a sunset cruise.
Simon helped to make this the best vacation that either one of us have ever had. He was knowledgable, patient, friendly and full of island joy. A few times his kids were in the car and we also met his wife. We definitely feel like an extended part of his family now! We would have had a great time in St. Lucia I am sure.....but it is now unforgettable!!!!!
Jim Says....If you are going to St. Lucia and want a fair, fun and true local guide hire Simon!!!
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