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.


Positioned on the southwestern part of the island of Saint Lucia, 3.1 miles south of downtown Soufriere, Gros Pitons is found within Pitons Management Area, and happily welcomes local customers and vacationers who are lodging on this part of the island or nearby. Even if you are not staying particularly close, you are free to drop by to check out the sights. It is 3.2 miles south of Soufrière.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most enjoyable options while spending an afternoon exploring the area is eating food at a restaurant within traveling distance of this volcano. The most frequented nearby restaurant to Gros Pitons is Cocoa Pod, which serves up Caribbean food. Also within a short distance, you and your companions will find options like Jardin Cacao and Bayside Restaurant and Bar where you and your companions will be able to sample American cuisine and enjoy the culture of St. Lucia.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who enjoy volcanos, and have the energy to view some others, might consider seeing Volcano at Sulphur Springs and Mt. Gimie; the first of which is two and a half miles to the northeast of this volcano. Other nearby attractions include Gros Pitons Hiking Trail, which is a quarter mile away near Soufrière. Furthermore, you can consider heading over to Pitons Management Area, which is another attraction nearby.

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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