Natural Attractions on St. Lucia

Fall in love with the organic beauty of St. Lucia

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The soil of St. Lucia is rich, and so is the diversity of wildlife that inhabits the island. Visitors who take the time to go exploring outdoors will find many natural sites of interest, as well as the opportunity to view first hand the animals that call the island their home.

The island is famous for it's lush tropical vegetation and striking land formations -- particularly the Pitons, which are two volcanic mountain peaks in perfect juxtaposition. If you visit that area, you can will many other unusual natural features nearby, including waterfalls and hot springs with relaxing warm waters that can helping soothe aching muscles. Some of these areas have added services for the convenience of tourists, including the Toraille Waterfall, which even has changing facilities, and Enbas Saut Rainforest Trail and Waterfalls, which has guided tours for a small fee.

Soufriere is home to an entire collection of waterfalls that are reachable after a short and often easy hike, making a waterfall visit one of the best ways to get out and see the local nature scene.  If you're over on the Atlantic coast, you can visit Dennery Falls (which also goes by Errand Falls and Sault Falls) which has a 55 foot drop, and tends to be very peaceful, with relatively few visitors.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Sulphur Springs Park

Do you like spending time outdoors? You can choose from quite a number of hiking trails and some nature preserves on the island.

Sulphur Springs Park is a great nature preserve situated in southwestern St. Lucia. 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.

Attractions Map

Vacationers looking to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring sites like Pigeon Island National Landmark. While the island used to be only accessible via boat, today there is a causeway open to the public. It's a located fairly close to accommodations in the Rodney Bay area, but is in an otherwise fairly isolated location -- most other attractions of interest to tourists are in other parts of the island, at least an hour's drive away.

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.

Review this table for more information about your options.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On St. Lucia
Name Type Location
Barre de L'isle Rain Forest Trail Hiking Trail Central St. Lucia
Barre de l'Isle Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve Central St. Lucia
Edmund Forest Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 4.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central downtown Soufriere
Edmund Rainforest Trail Hiking Trail 4.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central downtown Soufriere
Fregate Island Nature Trail Hiking Trail Saint Lucia
Fregate Islands Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Praslin
Gros Pitons Hiking Trail Hiking Trail 3.3 mi. South of Central downtown Soufriere
Maria Islands Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.2 mi. East of Central Vieux Fort
Morne Le Blanc Trail Hiking Trail 2.8 mi. Northwest of Central Vieux Fort
Pigeon Island National Landmark Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 6.1 mi. North of Central Castries
Pitons Management Area Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.3 mi. South of Central downtown Soufriere
Soufriere Marine Management Area Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.3 mi. West-Southwest of Central downtown Soufriere
Sulphur Springs Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Soufriere
Tet Paul Nature Trail Hiking Trail 3.4 mi. South of Central downtown Soufriere
Union Nature Trail Hiking Trail Saint Lucia

Waterfalls

Diamond Falls

Even though most vacationers come for the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. St. Lucia offers multiple choices, including 8 waterfalls.

You might want to visit Diamond Falls, which is Cresslands, in southwestern St. Lucia. 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.

Another place worth considering is La Tille Waterfall. It is located on St. Lucia. The garden and waterfall are accessed along the coast heading towards Vieux Fort, just northeast of the town.

The chart below offers a few details concerning waterfalls.

Waterfalls On St. Lucia
Name Type Location
Diamond Falls Waterfall 1.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central downtown Soufriere
Enbas Saut Falls Waterfall 3.2 mi. East of Central downtown Soufriere
La Tille Waterfall Waterfall 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Micoud
Piton Falls Waterfall 1.3 mi. South of Central downtown Soufriere
River Rock Waterfall Waterfall 5.6 mi. South of Central Castries
Sault Falls Waterfall 1.2 mi. West of Central Dennery
Tanzanite Heights Waterfall Waterfall 1.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Soufriere
Toraille Waterfalls Waterfall 1.8 mi. East of Central downtown Soufriere

Parks and Botanical Gardens

Derek Walcott Square

Visitors can enjoy a couple of parks, or 2 botanical gardens on St. Lucia.

Derek Walcott Square is found in downtown Castries. Derek Walcott Square is surrounded by Laborie, Micoud, Bourbon, and Brazil Streets. You can park on any of the four roads and enter the park on foot.

Another popular attraction in this category is Mamiku Gardens. Visitors to the gardens will be able to explore the 22 acres that Mamiku Gardens encompass. Within this vast space, you will come across abandoned ruins and three different sections of the garden that features different types of plants and flowers.

The parks and gardens available are summarized directly below.

Parks and Gardens On St. Lucia
Name Type Location
Derek Walcott Square Park Downtown Castries
Independence Square Park Downtown Vieux Fort
King George V Gardens Botanical Garden 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Castries
Mamiku Gardens Botanical Garden 1.1 mi. North of Central Mon Repos

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 On St. Lucia
Name Type Location Island
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation Plantation 2.8 mi. South of Central downtown Soufriere Saint Lucia

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on St. Lucia are listed right below.

Land Formations On St. Lucia
Name Type Location
Bois D'Orange Bay Bay 4.3 mi. North-Northeast of Central Castries
Burgot Pt Point 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Vieux Fort
Burgot Rocks Rock Formation 6.5 mi. North of Central Castries
Cocoa Nut Pt Point 0.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Castries
Diamond Falls Mineral Baths Mineral Bath 0.9 mi. East of Central downtown Soufriere
Gros Pitons Volcano 3.1 mi. South of Central downtown Soufriere
L'Anse la Raye Bay Bay 6.0 mi. South West of Central Castries
Laborie Bay Bay 3.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Vieux Fort
Marigot Bay Bay 3.8 mi. South West of Central Castries
Masson Pt Point 3.2 mi. North-Northeast of Central Castries
Mt. Gimie Volcano 2.5 mi. Northeast of Central downtown Soufriere
Mt. La Combe Ridge Mountain Central St. Lucia
New Jerusalem Mineral Baths Mineral Bath 1.8 mi. East of Central downtown Soufriere
Petite Pitons Mountain 1.5 mi. South of Central downtown Soufriere
Pointe Hardy Point 8.0 mi. Northeast of Central Castries
Rodney Bay Bay 5.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Castries
Soufrière Bay Bay 0.3 mi. West of Central downtown Soufriere
Springs at Sulphur Springs Hot Spring 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Soufriere
Vieux Fort Bay Bay 0.8 mi. South West of Central Vieux Fort
Volcano at Sulphur Springs Volcano 1.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Soufriere

If you are looking for a wider selection of attractions beyond this category, you should find others. To reach our detailed guide to other attractions, go to this page.

Tours of St. Lucia

The soil of St. Lucia is rich, and so is the diversity of wildlife that inhabits the island. Visitors who take the time to go exploring outdoors will find many natural sites of interest, as well as the opportunity to view first hand the animals that call the island their home.

For as small as it is, the abundance of natural attractions available on St. Lucia can be overwhelming for some. In this instance, signing on for a tour of the island can be a great idea. Tours of St. Lucia come in many different forms, from walking tours of historic sites to treks to the top of the Pitons. The important thing to know when you’re considering taking a tour is that you aren’t in it alone, and a tour guide with knowledge of the area will be able to show you these important spots in a way you may not have thought of on your own.

Real St. Lucia Tours (758-486-1561) is a leader in personalized tours of the island. They offer a number of different nature-driven tours that include hiking expeditions to the top of Grand Piton, trips to waterfalls, volcanoes, and the rainforest that culminate in a barbecue, and build it yourself packages that you can personalize to make sure you see what you want every time.

From the rocks that make up Fregate Islands to the top of Mt. Gimie, and everything in between, there is much to be discovered by visitors on St. Lucia.

 

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