Gros Pitons

Photo credit: © Phil Comeau

The most recognizable natural attractions on St. Lucia are, hands down, the Pitons. These two volcanic mountains, called Gros Piton and Petit Piton are separated from one another by the Piton Mitan Ridge, and are popular amongst hikers who revel in a gorgeous view of the island when they reach the top.

The site that encompasses both Pitons takes up about 2,909 hectares of land and the peaks reach 770 and 743 meters high. The mountains are classified as a tropical moist forest, and feature areas of wet elfin woodland and dry forest. Numerous rare plant and bird species have been recorded as making their homes on these peaks.

Most visitors make it a point to hike to the top of at least one of the Pitons. Most opt for Gross Piton, that while taller, is easier to climb. Numerous tours available on St. Lucia will take guests to the Interpretive Centre, then up to the peak. It is mandated that tourists utilize a guide to get to the top, usually an employee of the Park Services Department, who will wow you with information about the mountain and the island during the trip. It takes about two hours on foot to read the summit.

Petit Piton is a whole different story. There is no Welcome Center, no trail head, and even no guide required to climb this peak, though most guests should strongly consider hiring one.


Located on the island of Saint Lucia, 3.1 miles south of downtown Soufriere, Gros Pitons is on the premises of Pitons Management Area, and invites residents and visitors rooming on this part of the island or nearby. Whether or not you're staying nearby, you should feel free to stop by to enjoy a great time. It is 3.2 miles south of Soufrière.

Nearby Restaurants

If you develop an appetite while exploring the area around this volcano, you're in luck, as you can find a broad selection of food and beverage places in this general area. The most frequented nearby restaurant to Gros Pitons is Bayside Restaurant and Bar, which sells American fare. The restaurant is a slight distance off, but out of the way enough that you may decide to make plans for having some mode of transport to travel there. The Great Room and The Terrace are some more food and drink options near Gros Pitons. At The Terrace you and your group may sample Caribbean cuisine and experience the culture of St. Lucia.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that enjoy volcanos, and are interested in visiting others, should consider going to Volcano at Sulphur Springs and Mt. Gimie; the first of which is 2.4 miles away from this volcano. There are other places of interest in the area, including Gros Pitons Hiking Trail, which is a quarter mile away near Soufrière. You might also consider making the trip to Pitons Management Area, which is another attraction close by.

A volcano is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near Gros Pitons
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Gros Pitons Hiking Trail GeoFeature 0.3 mi. (5.5 km) SSE 3.4 mi. South of Soufrière
Pitons Management Area Other Attraction 0.3 mi. (5.5 km) SSE 3.4 mi. South of Soufrière
Tet Paul Nature Trail GeoFeature 1.0 mi. (5.6 km) ESE Bois D`Inde Francion
Fond Doux Holiday Plantation Other Attraction 1.2 mi. (4.6 km) E Fond Doux
Piton Falls GeoFeature 1.8 mi. (2.2 km) N 1.4 mi. South of Soufrière
Tanzanite Heights Waterfall GeoFeature 2.4 mi. (2.1 km) NE 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Soufrière
Sulphur Springs Park Other Attraction 2.4 mi. (2.1 km) NE 1.3 mi. South-Southeast of Soufrière
Soufriere Marine Management Area Other Attraction 2.5 mi. (2.4 km) N 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Soufrière

Location: Saint Lucia


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