St. Lucia boasts the world's only Drive-in Volcano. What this means is that part of the volcano was blown away sometime ago so the area that the bus drives into was once technically a part of the volcano. The name is a little misleading as one would expect to enter a mountain teeming with fire and lava. We were treated to an eerie expanse of land that was bubbling and gurgling with sulphur. I'm sure you can all just imagine the smell!
You can no longer walk any closer to the active parts--a tour guide suffered third degree burns recently and had to spend six months recuperating after he tried to impress some German tourists by jumping up and down on the rock to show his bravery and the 'dormancy' of the volcano.
The botanical gardens near Soufriere is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna. Beautifully landscaped, the garden is still able to maintain a bit of wildness. There are lots of hummingbirds flying around, we were able to get a great look at the purple throated carib strolling through the gardens.
The Diamond Falls near the Sulphur Springs is picturesque, but gazing on nature while being herded to the next site isn't that much fun for me. Located near the southern town of Sourfriere, my suggestion is to take the cursory tour of these falls, but save the big oohs and ahs for the falls within the rainforest that I didn't get a chance to see this time around (but definitely will the next time around) that are supposed to be stunning and less crowded.
We saw the Diamond Falls as part of a package tour with our boat trip to Soufriere.
Rodney Bay Marina. Filled with sailboats and yachts sailing flags from all over the globe, the marina is one of the most picturesque you'll find in the Caribbean. Sit by the piers and have a Piton beer or better yet, take a trip on a sailboat. There are charters for the day or for several days -- with or without crew.
Don't leave the island without getting a view of the Pitons from sea. They are the impressive peaks that are St. Lucia's trademarks.
There are two peaks--Gros Piton and Petit Piton. Petit Piton is the smaller, yet taller peak and I believe that you can no longer climb it after an accident occurred a few years back. Gros Piton still has a trail, but get a guide. I didn't have time to hike the trail, but will definitely do it the next time--apparently, you get a gorgeous view of the isalnd as well as a view of neighboring Martinique on a clear day.
Soufriere. The original capital under French rule, the fishing town is sleepy and laid back, but has loads of charm.
Check out the gingerbread houses before they collapse--and they look like they might any second.
Another must do is the sunset cruise on the Brig Unicorn,from the Casteries.Never to be forgotten experience.
Visit the Diamond Botanical Gardens in the Soufriere Estate and the Rainbow waterfall there. There are mineral springs that you can bathe in for a fee.
Visit the rainforest- you will need a licensed guide. It is very lovely, but very tropical, so dress accordingly. If you go at the right time there is supposed to be great bird-watching as well.
take a walk in the Botanical Garden and see the beautiful flowers and trees
take a swim in the pool of the waterfall
If at all possible, try to coordinate a trip to St. Lucia with the Jazz Festival in May. There are tons of activities and a general feeling of fun in the air.
Castries Market. Go beyond the t-shirts, the wooden masks and the baskets to the food market where you will see fruits and veggies that will tempt you. Soursop, pineapple, mango, bananas, mmm...
This extinct volcano is located near Soufriere and offers a beautiful view for the ocean.
The scenic town of Soufriere at the base of the Pitons.