Natural Attractions in Soufrière

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Some of the most beautiful sites to be seen on the entire island of St. Lucia exist within the boundaries of Soufriere – and those that do not are within easy reach.  Waterfalls, botanical gardens, and mountain tops are just a few of the natural wonders that await visitors who were wise enough to pack their most comfortable hiking shoes.  

A great way to get out and see much of the island's natural side is to plan a hike to see one of the plentiful waterfalls.  All of St. Lucia's waterfalls are known for their beauty and serene nature, but if you've only got time to see one you'll have to decide which one is best for you.  Sault Falls, also known as Errand Falls and Dennery Falls in Soufriere are known for their deserted nature, while the Piton Falls are more popular but worth the trek because the waters are warm and great for soaking in.  If getting in and experiencing the healing nature of local waters are important to you, Diamond Falls Mineral Baths and New Jerusalem Mineral Baths will be the spots for you.  If you're the type that enjoys the hike as much as the waterfall, check out the Edmund Rainforest Trail and Enbas Saut Falls

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Sulphur Springs Park

Do you want to enjoy part of your vacation seeing the local flaura and fauna? You can choose from quite a number of hiking trails and some nature preserves near Soufrière.

Sulphur Springs Park is a nature preserve located 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of central Soufrière. One of the island's most famous natural attractions, the sulfur springs draws in over 200 thousand visitors each year. This 46-hectare park boasts a combination of geological features including the Caribbean’s only “drive-in volcano”, world-class interpretation center and two hot water bathing pools.

Adventurers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing sites like Pitons Management Area. Consisting of two lava domes, the Pitons Management area offers perfect views of Gros Piton and Petit Piton and is a great starting off point for exploration of the mountains and all of their volcanic features.

Take a look at this table for a list of nature preserves and hiking spots.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Soufrière
Name Type Location
Edmund Rainforest Trail Hiking Trail 4.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Soufrière
Gros Pitons Hiking Trail Hiking Trail 3.4 mi. South of Central Soufrière
Pitons Management Area Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.4 mi. South of Central Soufrière
Soufriere Marine Management Area Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Soufrière
Sulphur Springs Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Soufrière
Tet Paul Nature Trail Hiking Trail Bois D`Inde Francion, 3.5 mi. South of Central Soufrière

Waterfalls

Diamond Falls

Even though most visitors to the area are drawn by the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Soufrière and nearby areas some great choices, including 7 waterfalls.

You might want to visit Diamond Falls, which is located in Soufrière. Diamond Falls offers several mineral baths which are said to help rejuvenate your skin. Whether or not it actually does, the cool waters are perfectly inviting to escape the heat on one of the hot Caribbean days.

A second option to consider is Tanzanite Heights Waterfall. It is located 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of central Soufrière. Even more off the beaten track than your typical waterfall, Tanzanite Heights is one that very few people actually travel to, despite its beauty. Set near the Morne Boubaril estate, you'll find this is one of the most serene natural destinations at the heart of town.

The table directly below offers some key facts regarding waterfalls.

Waterfalls In and Around Soufrière
Name Type Location
Diamond Falls Waterfall 0.7 mi. East of Downtown Soufriere
Enbas Saut Falls Waterfall 3.0 mi. East of Central Soufrière
La Tille Waterfall Waterfall 10.2 mi. East of Central Soufrière
Piton Falls Waterfall 1.4 mi. South of Central Soufrière
River Rock Waterfall Waterfall 5.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Soufrière
Tanzanite Heights Waterfall Waterfall 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Central Soufrière
Toraille Waterfalls Waterfall 1.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Soufrière

Parks

Visitors can experience a park nearby.

Parks Near Soufrière
Name Type Location Island
Independence Square Park Downtown Vieux Fort, 11.1 mi. Southeast of Central Soufrière Saint Lucia

Plantations

If the idea of experiencing life on a tropical plantation captures your imagination, you should visit Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. A historic center and world heritage site, this property if beautiful and beautifully maintained with tropical gardens and an active agricultural plantation. The estate overlooks it all, and guests should plan to take about 30 minutes of their time simply wandering the grounds.

Plantations Near Soufrière
Name Type Location Island
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation Plantation Fond Doux, 2.9 mi. South of Central Soufrière Saint Lucia

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Soufrière are summarized down below.

Land Formations In Soufrière
Name Type Location
Diamond Falls Mineral Baths Mineral Bath 0.7 mi. East of Downtown Soufriere
Soufrière Bay Bay 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Soufriere

Needless to say, you can find other kinds attractions available. Read this extended discussion which is all about even more attractions if you want to get some more specifics.

 

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