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So both of these places seem to get mixed reviews as does using taxis. As 60 something women what should we do? Have already done catamarans to the Pitons and not interested in a land tour.

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I enjoyed my day at Vigie.  A very pretty and relaxing beach.  I booked an "excursion" through Viator, which included chairs, drop off, pick up etc... Plus, I was solo and felt completely safe.  Hope to go back there again one day.  

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On 11/23/2018 at 9:14 PM, 2PinaColadas said:

I enjoyed my day at Vigie.  A very pretty and relaxing beach.  I booked an "excursion" through Viator, which included chairs, drop off, pick up etc... Plus, I was solo and felt completely safe.  Hope to go back there again one day.  

How long were you at the beach? Did you have a choice of times to return to ship or just one time offered?

Thanks

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Allentownahoy-- They gave me a choice of times to return to the ship.  I stayed about 4 hours, but could have stayed longer. 

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On 12/22/2018 at 8:29 PM, 2PinaColadas said:

Allentownahoy-- They gave me a choice of times to return to the ship.  I stayed about 4 hours, but could have stayed longer. 

Thanks for getting back to me.

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Went to Vigie Beach in January 2019.  Liked it much better than Rodney's Bay.  Got the feeling that the cab drivers try to steer you to Rodney's Bay....better fare I guess.  I didn't like that.

 

Vigie is a lovely beach with lots of natural (trees) shade.  Guys along the beach rent chairs and set them up in the shade for you.  We didn't even need an umbrella.  Not crowded, but certainly busy enough to feel completely safe.  Look for "Lee" - he rents blue chairs on the beach.  His buddy "Junior" gets you drinks and stuff from the restaurant up the beach.   Worked great for us!

 

Lovely day....give it a try...and not far at all from the port.

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Vigie beach is very close to the cruise port, the other side of the small airfield next to Pointe Seraphine.  The  Rendezvous Hotel  is adjacent to this beach and is ideal for a cruise port day.   Rodney Bay/Reduit Beach is not good with a heavy undertow and steep incline making entering and exiting the water very difficult especially for the elderly.

All the taxi drivers try to promote Rodney Bay since its further and more profitable for them

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We were at Reduit (Rodney bay) in December and did not have any problems entering water. It is a nice comfortable beach with many loungers available and beautiful surroundings.

It was $7 pp one way and you will get a paper bracelet with taxi number which will pick you to bring back. Process is well organized

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On 1/22/2019 at 12:24 PM, PelicanLvr said:

Went to Vigie Beach in January 2019.  Liked it much better than Rodney's Bay.  Got the feeling that the cab drivers try to steer you to Rodney's Bay....better fare I guess.  I didn't like that.

 

Vigie is a lovely beach with lots of natural (trees) shade.  Guys along the beach rent chairs and set them up in the shade for you.  We didn't even need an umbrella.  Not crowded, but certainly busy enough to feel completely safe.  Look for "Lee" - he rents blue chairs on the beach.  His buddy "Junior" gets you drinks and stuff from the restaurant up the beach.   Worked great for us!

 

Lovely day....give it a try...and not far at all from the port.

Just another opinion....

Yes, Vigie is very close and cheaper taxi fare. And safe. But beautiful? Not at all, IMHO. The water is fine and not rough, the beach has sand. The beach is narrow and not very pretty. For me, the proximity of the airfield and planes taking off every several minutes or so was not my idea of a relaxing beach. Then again, I must admit that St. Lucia is not one of the better Caribbean islands for beaches, so, if you want nearby, by all means, Vigie works, But do not expect a lovely Caribbean beach like you will find on Barbados or Grenada. 

 

 

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reduit 

just returned  from Reduit, and  would not  return.

The  walk from the  cab stand  is  about  7  minutes, no  bathroom at  the  area they allow  you  to sit  down.

The  chairs are  crammed  together, and  most uncomfortable.

The  cab left us  off  and I wanted  a 1  Pm  return, he said he  could pick us up at 2  pm--

I am  not sure  why he  thinks  he has the final word, I am paying , it is my vacation .

I left the beach at 12  45Pm and  went to the lobby at  a  nearby hotel, which was  between where  we  were sitting and  the  cab stand. The  front desk called  a cab and then someone  came  over to us from the cab and  said he needed to got to the cab stand--I  didn't listen and took the cab to the pier.

 

Not  a pleasant transaction--food  was expensive as well, which encouraged us to return to the  ship  sooner

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I feel that I must post this about our visit to Viggie Beach.  When we came off the pier and got to taxis the women filling the taxis told us that it was a mistake to go to Viggie, that is was windy, rocky, noisy and we should go to (thinking she said Rodney Bay).  I insisted that we wanted to go to Viggie and she reluctantly got us a cab.  When we arrived we set a time for our driver to pick us up and he left his number with the young men supplying the chairs and umbrellas in case we wanted to call for an earlier pick up.  During our time on this beach there was a total of 8 people on the beach.  We had a server named Kodak who we could wave at and he would get us drinks and food if we wished.  There was a boardwalk to the right of us that had many little restaurants and bars that were full of locals having their lunches.  The restroom was located here.  You had to pay $1 to use the restroom.  A woman sat outside and collected the money and after you came out she went in and cleaned it.  Needless to say, it was very clean.  Now, the best part of this visit was that we only had one vendor (a hair braider) come by the whole 4 hours we were there. Other cruisers said they were badgered constantly on Rodney Bay. Only one small plane took off while we were there and any noise from the airport was minimal.  I agree with Bellasorella above, the beach is not like the beautiful beaches on Barbados and other Caribbean islands.  But.................it was clean and had a great view.  It was not crowded and we were not hounded by vendors.  We will go again next year. 

 

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We have been to Vigie twice and going back next week. Very relaxing lots of shade. Rodney bay is crowded we used to there.Ontario Cruiser

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Haha LittleYiaYia, we just got back from our cruise on the Koningsdam and also were claimed by Kodak as our personal beach butler the moment we stepped out of the cab. I immediately gave him $2 and told him he was my first beach butler, which meant I didn't have to deal any other vendors since we belonged to Kodak. I then gave the guy next to him the $20 or $30 for the two loungers and umbrella and we were escorted to our spot.

 

I had three of my children with me (14,18,22) and I think the fare was $15 each way, but I gave our driver Bradley $20 each way. He was very prompt in coming back for us as promised several hours later. If you use Google Maps the beach bar we went to on Vegie Beach with Kodak is listed as Eugeny's Place. It's at the opposite end of Vegie Beach from the Rendevous Hotel. 

 

Contrary to BellaSorella's experience, the airport only had one small airplane flight we saw the whole time we were there. From a security standpoint,  I actually liked having a fenced off mile of runway across the street from Eugeny's, it means there's no wander-up locals or bad housing near the beach.

 

I've been on 25 cruises, so I don't think I'm naive, and I thought the beach was very pretty with its beach bar and the small grove of pretty palm trees along the street. The sand was great and there were more than enough people to feel safe, yet the beach was not crowded at all. The car rental places for the airport are directly across the street from Eugeny's and I also saw the little train/bus vehicle stop at Eugeny's for their beach moment. I told my kids if they weren't good I'd make them leave the beach and have to ride that train around the rest of the day!

 

After 20 years of cruising with my children, I've really boiled down the reason I'm in the Carribean is to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm water. Since I have six children and regularly travel with all of them, the idea of paying $500 or $600 for a shore excursion, that I can do for less than a $100 myself with a short cab ride, is the way I go now. 

 

I've attached a Google Map showing how close Vigie is to the ships (I liked that), also a shot of Kodak with us, and finally a shot of my kids swimming at Vegie. Call me crazy, as far as I'm concerned, Vigie Beach was absolutely a great beach. If we are going to split hairs maybe it's not on the top 100 list on the planet, but why would I care about that anyway? We loved it and it was very close and inexpensive too.

 

Take a look at the shot of my kids in the water at Vegie Beach. If you don't think that's a great beach, you're way out of my league!

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On 4/11/2019 at 10:57 AM, Squadleader said:

Haha LittleYiaYia, we just got back from our cruise on the Koningsdam and also were claimed by Kodak as our personal beach butler the moment we stepped out of the cab. I immediately gave him $2 and told him he was my first beach butler, which meant I didn't have to deal any other vendors since we belonged to Kodak. I then gave the guy next to him the $20 or $30 for the two loungers and umbrella and we were escorted to our spot.

 

I had three of my children with me (14,18,22) and I think the fare was $15 each way, but I gave our driver Bradley $20 each way. He was very prompt in coming back for us as promised several hours later. If you use Google Maps the beach bar we went to on Vegie Beach with Kodak is listed as Eugeny's Place. It's at the opposite end of Vegie Beach from the Rendevous Hotel. 

 

Contrary to BellaSorella's experience, the airport only had one small airplane flight we saw the whole time we were there. From a security standpoint,  I actually liked having a fenced off mile of runway across the street from Eugeny's, it means there's no wander-up locals or bad housing near the beach.

 

I've been on 25 cruises, so I don't think I'm naive, and I thought the beach was very pretty with its beach bar and the small grove of pretty palm trees along the street. The sand was great and there were more than enough people to feel safe, yet the beach was not crowded at all. The car rental places for the airport are directly across the street from Eugeny's and I also saw the little train/bus vehicle stop at Eugeny's for their beach moment. I told my kids if they weren't good I'd make them leave the beach and have to ride that train around the rest of the day!

 

After 20 years of cruising with my children, I've really boiled down the reason I'm in the Carribean is to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm water. Since I have six children and regularly travel with all of them, the idea of paying $500 or $600 for a shore excursion, that I can do for less than a $100 myself with a short cab ride, is the way I go now. 

 

I've attached a Google Map showing how close Vigie is to the ships (I liked that), also a shot of Kodak with us, and finally a shot of my kids swimming at Vegie. Call me crazy, as far as I'm concerned, Vigie Beach was absolutely a great beach. If we are going to split hairs maybe it's not on the top 100 list on the planet, but why would I care about that anyway? We loved it and it was very close and inexpensive too.

 

Take a look at the shot of my kids in the water at Vegie Beach. If you don't think that's a great beach, you're way out of my league!

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Did I read correctly that it cost $15 to get from the cruise ports to Vigie beach? It looks almost like walking distance. Am I misunderstanding something?

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6 hours ago, Westbank is bestbank said:

 

 

Did I read correctly that it cost $15 to get from the cruise ports to Vigie beach? It looks almost like walking distance. Am I misunderstanding something?

It is absolutely walking distance. Around 20-30 minutes. 

Cab should run $10 one way for up to 4.  

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On 4/13/2019 at 5:47 PM, reedprincess said:

It is absolutely walking distance. Around 20-30 minutes. 

Cab should run $10 one way for up to 4.  

Great thank you. And do they have several different restuarants to choose from along vigie beach?

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On 4/15/2019 at 2:09 PM, Westbank is bestbank said:

Great thank you. And do they have several different restuarants to choose from along vigie beach?

As described in the several Vigie Beach threads, there's a small boardwalk with several local food and drink venues - lunch, snacks, full meals, etc - anything from small bags of  chips and such through piece of grilled or fried chicken, dahl, burgers, fish,  and full meals with all the local fixings.. 

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