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 more 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 great nature preserve situated 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 hoping to find a another great natural attraction should consider visiting 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.

Be sure to look at the table below to see 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 people visiting the area come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Soufrière and nearby areas some great choices, including 7 waterfalls.

You should consider visiting Diamond Falls, which is located in eastern Soufrière. Diamond Falls offers several mineral baths 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 found 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 chart right below shows more details regarding waterfalls.

Waterfalls In and Around Soufrière
Name Type Location
Diamond Falls Waterfall 1.0 mi. East-Southeast 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

Vacationers can visit 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 thought of spending some time on a tropical plantation sounds like fun, you really should consider visiting Fond Doux Holiday Plantation. Originally opened over 250 years ago, this property is one of the oldest still working plantations on the island. With accommodations, a restaurant, and a wedding venue, this place has it all.

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 go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Soufrière are provided here:

Land Formations In Soufrière
Name Type Location
Diamond Falls Mineral Baths Mineral Bath 0.9 mi. East of Downtown Soufriere
Soufrière Bay Bay 0.3 mi. West of Downtown Soufriere

If you are seeking a wider range of attractions beyond this category, you should think about other locations. You can go to this extended discussion concerning even more attractions if you want some more details.

 

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