Climbing the Gros Piton, the taller and southern of the 2 pitons, was the most excting and rewarding thing we did on St. Lucia. The hike takes on average 4 hours, 2 hours up and 2 hours down. It is a difficult hike and you should be in good shape to enjoy it. The piton rises to 2,600 ft. and you will climb most of that. You can set up a tour at one...more
The volcano crater situated close to Soufriere is said to be "the only drive-in volcano in the world", on the basis that you can park your cars in the crater! In fact, there are even people living within the perimeter of the crater.The crater was created some 40,000 years ago and the last volcanic activity was in the late 1700s. There are still...more
The Diamond Waterfall is located in the Diamond Botanical Gardens in Soufriere.The water comes directly from the nearby volcano crater and is coloured by the minerals that it contains. On the day that I visited, the water appeared to be brown. On other days it appears green apparently!more
The Pitons are undoubtedly the most famous landmark on St Lucia, and arguably one of the most famous sights in the Caribbean.These two volcanic peaks stand either side of Soufriere Bay, although from a distance they appear to be side by side (see above photo).The peaks are covered in rainforest.Gross Piton, the larger of the two peaks, stands at...more
It's not easy to get to this area if you're coming from the capital of Castries - but the ride through the St. Lucian rainforest is interesting and educational.Once you arrive in Soufriere, you'll see the famous Pitons' silhouette in the distance. Just ask anyone where the hot springs are - you can soak in the sulfur springs nearby, which is free....more
This is a picture of the town of Soufriere as seen from the south as you climb the road toward the Pitons. There is a "lookout" there where you can see this view and also a perfect place for seeing some of those perfect Caribbean sunsets. If you look close you can just about see the Talk To Me Cool Place (the Beb&Breakfast where we stayed) on the...more
100 Anse Chastanet Rd, PO Box 7000, Soufriere, Caribbean
Good for: Solo
Chateaubellier, P.O. Box 250, Soufriere, 250, Caribbean
Good for: Business
we stayed in Crystals for 14 magical days for our honeymoon in the Calabash tree house cottage. just...more
The Still restaurant in Soufriere offers a buffet lunch where you can try traditional St Lucian cuisine.
This spacious restaurant is set in an excellent location with amazing views of the surrounding rainforest. The table I was sat at provided a vista of the restaurant’s swimming pool, set against a backdrop of lush rainforest and the peak of one of the Pitons.
The buffet included chicken and fish, rice and salad, exotic fruits and, most interestingly of all, a savoury form of banana. I’m not sure how it had been cooked, but it tasted more like potato than banana. Not as nice as "normal" banana in my humble opinion, but interesting nonetheless!
We chose to have nice meals once per day and decided to visit various resorts in the area to do so.
Dress Code: We dressed country club casual but hip.
Piton beer is brewed and bottled on the island of St Lucia, in the town of Vieux Fort.
The beer takes its name from St Lucia’s most famous landmark – the Pitons (two volcanic peaks in the town of Soufriere), and the label on the bottle depicts this amazing landform.
We had several "guides" approach us after we parked our car, they wanted to "guide" us to the sulfur springs. After you purchase your ticket the concrete path that leads you to the springs is very well maintained and clear, you do not need a guide.
Bananas are one of the most important crops on St Lucia, and one of the island’s main exports.They are grown all over the island and feature prominently in St Lucian cuisine. The three types of banana grown on the island are the “normal” bananas that you buy in supermarkets, the larger “plantain” bananas which are used in cooking (and taste like...more
Try and find the path that takes you down to the beach below The Pitons. As you approach on the road you will pass several fancy hotels, pass them and you enter a small village, at one point there is a very small turnoff to the right, sort of a trail really, take this to its end and you are on the beach.more
The currency of St Lucia is the East Caribbean Dollar.
This same currency is also used on the islands of Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis and some other nearby islands.
However, if arriving from Barbados or Trinidad & Tobago, remember that each of these countries have their own currencies (also called dollars). However, US Dollars and British Pounds are widely accepted in addition to the local currency.