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Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Explore Soufriere on Your St Lucia Vacation

The Islands
March 28th 2023
Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Explore Soufriere on Your St Lucia Vacation
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Located in the eastern Caribbean, the island of Saint Lucia appeals to nature lovers and romantics searching for a peaceful and memorable vacation in the sun. Although the entire island of Saint Lucia is filled with stunning and fascinating natural sights, some parts of the island have more of them than others. Soufriere, in the south of the island, is home to some of Saint Lucia's most well-known natural attractions, including the Diamond Falls and the Sulphur Springs.

Soufriere is a quiet, charming, and beautiful fishing town. The Soufriere Bay is definitely worth seeing, as are the Piton Mountains, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you're considering visiting Soufriere while in Saint Lucia, we've taken the time to list some of the exciting adventures you can find in this area as well as some fun travel tips!

About Soufriere in Saint Lucia


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The town of Soufriere is located on the west coast of Saint Lucia. Soufriere is known for having some of the best natural attractions in Saint Lucia and was once this island's capital. In the early 1800s, Castries became the capital of Saint Lucia. Soufriere is well known for being home to the Pitons but there's much more to look forward to seeing in this southern town including the world's only 'drive-in' volcano, waterfalls, hot springs, and mineral baths. While in Soufriere, it can be exhilarating to hike through the lush rainforests and visit some of the scenic beaches in this part of the island.

Did you know?: Soufriere translates to 'sulfur' in French. This name is quite appropriate for the southern Saint Lucian town as there are quite a few mineral baths and hot springs located in this area.

10 things to do in Soufriere

Soufriere is one of the most vibrant parts of Saint Lucia. In this community, you'll not only be able to explore the best of Saint Lucia but interact with friendly and welcoming locals as well. Some of the best attractions in the area include tours to places like Sulphur Springs, waterfalls, and some of the best beaches in Saint Lucia. We've listed some of our favorite things to do in Saint Lucia to help you make the most of your time in the Saint Lucian south.

1. Snorkeling at Soufriere


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There are lots of things Saint Lucia is known for and diving is definitely one of them. Snorkeling in particular is an activity that pretty much any visitor can enjoy on this island and there's a wide variety of sites to choose from where you're likely to have cool sightings. Soufriere is one of the best places to go snorkeling on this island some of the sea life you might come across in this area include squid, sea turtles, sea horses, eels, a range of tropical fishes, and a variety of colorful sponges. Visibility is usually good for snorkeling in Soufriere.

Snorkeling in Saint Lucia isn't necessarily something you'll have to plan in advance as in many places you can snorkel right off the beach. There are at least five beaches in Soufriere that are good for snorkeling including Sugar Beach, which has stunning views above and below the ocean. You won't need to go far out to see the stunning underwater views which include thriving coral gardens. You can also dive along the Piton Wall in Soufriere but this is more popular with scuba divers. Many of the beaches in Soufriere have shallow waters which is a plus for newbie snorkelers.

2. Soak in Sulphur Springs

Soufriere St Lucia Sulphur Springs

Going to the Sulphur Springs is one of those signature Saint Lucian activities that you absolutely must try while on this island. At this attraction, you'll find the world's only drive-in volcano, mud baths, and natural jacuzzis that you can dip into. As you walk around this extensive property, you'll see just why it's known as a drive-in volcano as you view the steaming vents and inhale the pungent smell of sulfur in the air. Historically speaking, the seven-mile-wide caldera in this area last erupted in 1766.

Even though Sulphur Springs is known as a drive-in volcano, you'll be doing mostly walking once you arrive and disembark from your taxi or rental. Once you get inside, a guide will instruct you on where you can and cannot go during a tour. After your tour of the property, you can settle into one of the mud baths - they are said to be incredibly healing!

Expert tip: If you go with your partner to Sulphur Springs, you can make your own intricate designs on their body with the mineral-rich mud. This is a popular thing to do at this attraction before getting into the mud baths. You can use the on-site showers afterward to clean up. The best tours to the Sulphur Springs end with a visit to the refreshing Toraille Waterfall in Soufriere!

3. Hike Gros Piton


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In 2004, UNESCO added the Pitons St. Lucia to its list of World Heritage Sites. These majestic mountains have become an iconic representation of Saint Lucia and a popular draw for visitors. The Pitons, often called 'twin peaks," are situated in two different communities even though they appear to be side by side from certain vantage points. Both Gros Piton (big Piton) and Petit Piton (little Piton) are located in the southwest corner of Saint Lucia and are dormant volcanic plugs.

While in Saint Lucia, it will be possible to go hiking up Gros Piton. Gros Piton is located in the community of Soufriere while Petit Piton is in Choiseul. Of this pair, Gros Piton is the mountain that is most often climbed, as it can be quite treacherous to attempt to climb the much steeper Petit Piton. Gros Piton is 2,619ft tall and from the summit, you can see panoramic views of the island. It can take three to six hours to complete the 3.2-mile hike up Gros Piton. A tour guide is recommended for this excursion. Comfortable shoes are a must for this hike. You can sign up for the Gros Piton hikes through your resort or via a local tour company in Saint Lucia.

4. Travel the Tet Paul Nature Trail


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Nature trails and hikes are among the things Soufriere is most famous for. There are a number of places where you can go hiking in this part of Saint Lucia and the trails range from easy to a little more difficult. One of the most popular nature trails in Soufriere is the Tet Paul Nature Trail. This hike is on the shorter end but along the way, you'll see some striking Saint Lucian scenery.

The Tet Paul Nature Trail takes about 45 minutes and it is easy to moderate in terms of difficulty. If you sign up for this adventure, you'll have a knowledgeable tour guide with you who can share the ins and outs of this space. Along the way, you'll learn about the various plants and their medicinal properties, local farming, and even the history of this area. It'll cost $10 USD to access the Tet Paul Nature Trail.

5. Visit the Diamond Waterfalls

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There's a lot to see at the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens (also known simply as the Diamond Falls) and quite a bit of history to discover as well. For most people who choose to visit this attraction in Saint Lucia, the waterfall is a central focus. The waterfall at this location is truly spectacular and some say it changes color throughout the year due to the combination of rainwater and volcanic material.

It'll cost around $7 USD to get into the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens and once inside you can explore this 6-acre space which is the oldest botanical garden in Saint Lucia. As you look around, you can admire the lush and colorful foliage which includes flowers like the ever-so-tropical hibiscus. This site includes mineral baths which you can access for an extra $6 USD.

6. Escape to the Jade Mountains Spa

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For an extra special spa date in Saint Lucia, why not go to the highly-rated Jade Mountain Spa? This is the only property in Saint Lucia that can boast panoramic views of both Petit Piton and Gros Piton. The spa at Jade Mountain, known as Kai en Ciel, is located on Anse Chastanet Beach, which is adjacent to the resort. The spa has a number of rejuvenating options available to guests including massages, body scrubs, and facials. In addition to a varied menu, there's also a sauna, steam room, and outdoor hot tub. Couples will love that they can find classic beauty treatments, ayurvedic and holistic services available all in one place here.

Expert tip: If you're looking to spend time at a phenomenal spa during your vacation, you should definitely check out Red Lane Spa at the Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia. Available only to resort guests, this calming spa experience adds something extra special to your stay in paradise and complements a visit to rejuvenating attractions like Sulphur Springs in Soufriere.

7. Eat in a treehouse at Anse Chastanet

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The Treehouse at Anse Chastanet has some really great reviews and this restaurant offers some of the best dining in Saint Lucia. The great thing about the Treehouse Restaurant is that it is a farm-to-table establishment which means that you can be assured of the freshest ingredients. This restaurant is part of the 600-acre estate where Anse Chastanet is located. The organic produce used in the dishes served here is grown at Anse Mamin and Emerald Estate, all part of the same property.

Not only is the Treehouse Restaurant designed to be sustainable by supporting local farmers and fishermen, but the food is also delicious as well. If you choose to dine here, expect an open-air treehouse that overlooks the tropical greenery and the Caribbean Sea. The menu at the Treehouse is a mix of Caribbean and international flavors and changes daily. Romantic, candlelight dinners are a sure possibility here!

8. View history at Stonefield

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Stonefield Estate is promoted as being a unique and tranquil escape from a too-busy life. This is one of those places where you can fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Saint Lucia, soak in some serenity, and explore some of the histories of this island. In terms of the historical aspect of this space, you can view petroglyphs at this estate. You'll find a nature trail to these historic carvings that you can explore while there. The largest of the rock carvings at Stonefield is about 10 cm. The petroglyphs here are said to have been drawn by the Carib Indians and the place where they are located is thought to have been a birthing site.

9. Taste Caribbean chocolate

Caribbean Chocolate Process Saint Lucia

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Distinct and flavorful, it'll be hard to say no to the local chocolate while in Saint Lucia. This is one of the islands where you can find estates that produce their own rich and indulgent chocolate made with a unique blend of cocoa beans. To start off your chocolate adventure on this island, you might want to visit Hotel Chocolat ran by Rabot estate. If you go here, you can expect to be served chocolate-infused cuisine that is unique and scrumptious. One of the most popular dishes at this establishment is their cacao marinated black Angus. Hotel Chocolat also offers chocolate-infused cocktails and has excellent views of the Pitons.

Another option for satisfying your chocolate craving is a visit to the Fond Doux Plantation. Fond Doux offers a hands-on experience where you can not only tour old estates but also participate in chocolate making. As you work closely with an experienced chocolatier, you will be able to make your own chocolate that you can take home with you. Both of the locations in Soufriere where you can try local chocolate are old sugar plantations that continue to process cacao.

10. Soak in the St. Lucian Sun

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There's nothing like relaxing on a gorgeous, sunny beach to calm your mind and body. Even better if that beach is on a beautiful island like Saint Lucia where you can simply relax and enjoy the scenery. You'll feel fortunate to have found such a gem of an island as you unwind seaside with the sound of the waves in the background and chirping birds flying overhead!

There are many beautiful beaches in Saint Lucia's north and south. Soufriere has a few that are well-known for their breathtaking vistas. Sugar Beach is one of these and it is one of the most popular beaches in St. Lucia. You'll find this beach tucked away between the Piton mountains. This fortunate location equates to views that are simply divine! Some of the perks to going to Sugar Beach are that you can find water sports, restrooms, and a restaurant and bar nearby as well. While in Soufriere, you might also want to visit Malgretoute Beach which is a pebbly beach with grey sand. Malgretoute Beach is more secluded than Sugar Beach and it is north of Petit Piton with great views as well.

Expert tip: There are many great beaches in Saint Lucia outside of Soufriere. Other options for a relaxing beach day in Saint Lucia include Anse Chastanet and the beach on Pigeon Island in northern Saint Lucia.

The best time to visit Saint Lucia

The best time to visit Saint Lucia is between the months of mid-December to mid-April. Like many other Caribbean isles, this is the peak season for this island. Peak season tends to see the highest volume of visitors to Saint Lucia. If you plan on traveling to Saint Lucia during the high season, you'll need to book your flight well in advance.

Whether you travel to Saint Lucia during peak season or not, the truth of the matter is that there really isn't a bad time to go to this island as the temperatures are mostly consistent year-round. It is worth noting that June to November can be a bit rainier on this island, but even then it is still possible to enjoy a vacation with sunny and wonderful days on this island. In the low and shoulder seasons for travel to this island, you might find better airfare and deals on accommodation too.

How to get to Soufriere and where to stay in Soufriere

The best way to get to Soufriere and Saint Lucia overall is by plane. Saint Lucia's international airport, the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) is located in Vieux Fort which is about 30 minutes from Soufriere. From Miami, it'll take about four hours to get to Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia by plane. Direct flights are available. Even if you want to spend time in Soufriere while in Saint Lucia, it will be perfectly alright to stay in any other part of the island as tours can easily be arranged.

Sandals Grande St Lucian Overview

In terms of where to stay in Saint Lucia, keep in mind that if you stay at an all-inclusive resort like Sandals Grande St. Lucian, or even Sandals Halcyon Beach or Sandals Regency La Toc, you can arrange tours to Soufriere through your resort. Most tours include transportation but if you'd prefer to get a rental, it won't be hard to book one in Saint Lucia. Consider the things you want out of a resort when selecting where to stay. Sandals Resorts have a host of quality inclusions guests will love including luxurious accommodations, private plunge pools, spas, panoramic views, and so much more.

Expert tip: Do you need a passport to go to Saint Lucia? If you've been asking yourself this question while planning your trip, you can rest easy knowing the answer is yes. All international visitors need a passport to go to Saint Lucia, and you should make sure your passport will be valid for six months past your departure date.

Soufriere, Saint Lucia FAQs:

Best way to travel around Soufriere?

The best way to travel around Soufriere is either with a taxi or with a car rental. Car rentals in Saint Lucia can cost $400 USD per week on average. Renting a car can be helpful on this island if you want to get from place to place without a hassle. For guests who choose to stay at all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia, Sandals Resorts in particular include things like airport transfers (round trip), and you can book tours through the resort that include transfers as well.

How much will a week in Soufriere cost?

A week in Soufriere, Saint Lucia can cost around $2,075 USD for a solo traveler, $3,727 USD for a couple, and roughly $6,987 USD for a family of four. Keep in mind that the price you pay will depend on your accommodation and the activities you choose to do while in Saint Lucia. Whether or not you get a car rental can influence your costs as well.

Good to know: When planning your accommodation in Saint Lucia, keep in mind that you can arrange tours to enjoy some of the attractions in Soufriere no matter where on the island you stay.

What is Soufriere known for?

Soufriere is best known for its amazing scenery and for being home to the Pitons Saint Lucia, twin mountains that are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are other things this southern town is known for, like the Sulphur Springs, the Diamond and Toraille waterfalls, mineral baths, hot springs, hikes, and just overall adventure. Soufriere has many local restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Saint Lucian food and it can be a great place to spend the day while on this island.

Explore more of Saint Lucia with an all-inclusive package

Well, there you have it. Proof that there's just so much to explore in Soufriere and Saint Lucia overall. If you plan carefully, you can enjoy the best of Soufriere during your island getaway. A great way to take it all in will be to plan your vacation through an all-inclusive resort. Sandals all-inclusive resorts in Saint Lucia offer couples everything they need in an all-inclusive vacation, from accommodation and meals, and all the way down to entertainment (day and night) and land and water sports as well. You can plan your tours and excursions through the resort and enjoy top-quality inclusions as well. Sandals Resorts caters to couples and has three resorts in Saint Lucia - that means you can choose the most fitting resort for your Caribbean dream vacation!

Sandals Halcyon Beach Aerial Main Saint Lucia

Expert tip: Check out these all-inclusive Saint Lucia resorts if you want luxury and lots of adventure. Our Sandals Grande St Lucian review can also help you decide on where to stay on this island.

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