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 enjoy being out in the fresh air? You can choose from quite a number of hiking trails and some nature preserves on St. Lucia.

Sulphur Springs Park is a nature preserve situated in southwestern St. Lucia. Sulphur Springs Park is about 2.0 kilometers southeast of Soufriere and 42 kilometers from the capital city of Castries.

Attractions Map

Travelers hoping to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing places like Pigeon Island National Landmark. Once called the Pigeon Island National Park, this area of St. Lucia has now been dubbed the Pigeon Island National Landmark, and is considered to be one of the most important showings of island history, culture, and nature. Formerly the site of a British Garrison, this park is now a historical park and nature center, with restaurants, community events, and the still standing forts.

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 some time to look through the table below to find out more about nature preserves and hiking spots.

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

Although most vacationers come for the beautiful water and coastline, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. St. Lucia offers some interesting options, including 8 waterfalls.

You might enjoy a visit to 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.

An additional option is La Tille Waterfall. It is located on St. Lucia. After strolling through the gardens, guests of the arden and waterfall are welcome to take a dip in one of several pools that are filled by the waterfall.

The chart directly below lists some details regarding 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. The Derek Walcott Square features a monument to locals who lost their lives in war, a placard detailing Walcott's literary accomplishments, and a huge Samaan tree said to be over 400 years old. Locals call this towering beauty the Massay tree.

Another popular choice 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 worth looking into are summarized here:

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 spending some time on a tropical plantation captures your imagination, you really should consider visiting 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 fun idea is to visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on St. Lucia are listed down 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

Keep in mind, St. Lucia is home to other attraction types. For a more comprehensive look at 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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