"Soufriere, St Lucia" Soufrière by SWFC_Fan

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Soufriere, St Lucia

The port town of Soufriere lies on the south west coast of St Lucia.

It is a small fishing town, but offers some spectacular sights.

Most famous of all are the volcanic "Pitons", two steep mountains rising from the sea.

The world's only "drive-in" volcano is also located close to Soufriere.

Soufriere's Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit - they feel like a sanitised version of a rainforest. The Botanical Gardens contain the impressive Diamond Waterfall and mineral baths.

I came to visit Soufriere on a daytrip from Barbados. A short flight from Barbados (35 minutes) sees you in Castries, the capital of St Lucia. From there, it is possible to join a tour of St Lucia, on which Soufriere features prominently.

The day trip involved a minibus journey from Castries through the rainforests and banana plantations, via Anse La Raye and Canaries. En route, there is a viewpoint which offers spectacular views of Soufriere and the Pitons (see photo above).

After seeing the sights of Soufriere, and having a buffet lunch at "The Still" restaurant, the return to Castries is via a boat along the west coast, stopping at Marigot Bay for photos and another stop for swimming and snorkelling for those who wish.

  • Last visit to Soufrière: Dec 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    I'm trying to make my limited days stretch lol and so much want to fit in St Lucia but don't know how to make it possible! Going to Guyana in May via Trinidad and decided I should visit Suriname and French Guiana as right next door which doesn't leave time for st Lucia nor other islands I'd love to visit while in the area

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Mar 29, 2016 at 11:38 AM

      sounds nice. i might look up the possibility of a boat from barbados if i can fit in time for a flight to barbados perhaps from tobago or just from trinidad. am going with a group from my church to Guyana, visiting a few schools, a prison and clinics so taking clothes and school things with us. it happens to be during the 5oth or however many years of national independence celebrations so that could be quite amazing. british airways have been doing good flights to trinidad and then can take a flight to guyana. boat from guyana to suriname. but flights from suriname back to guyana all seem to be in the very early hours of the morning lol....hoping to to do a flight to Kaiteur waterfall during the free touring days at the end of our Guyana schedule.

    • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
      Mar 30, 2016 at 12:57 AM

      That sounds like a great trip - sounds like you'll get a brilliant experience of the "real" Guyana, as well as helping the locals. Will be interesting to experience the national independence celebrations! :-)

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2007 at 3:59 AM

    Seems like an extensive day trip! As always, you have captured the place beautifully. Was the beer worth drinking??

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2007 at 7:53 AM

    Revisiting... OK, I got postcards of both places. Wishes can come true if I leave them on your pages :) (Earlier comment) How I wish for a postcard of St. Lucia (& Barbados) :) It must be amazing to see the volcanic activity on the islands. Cheers, SL

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2007 at 2:10 AM

    I love the Diamond waterfall. Very unusual. What are red bananas used for? Salted banana crisps are like potato crisps too, a little thicker. Yummy.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2006 at 8:43 AM

    Looks like an extremely beautiful spot with those unique Piton peaks sticking up like that! It seems like a very nice little day trip experience. Now, I don't want you getting into the Piton beers during today's England-Sweden World Cup match!!

  • May 22, 2006 at 12:31 PM

    You can't tell that I'm bored tonight, can you?!;o) Hope you're enjoying your wine & the chocolate & crisps... ;o)

  • May 20, 2006 at 11:40 PM

    This is destination exotica! Intrigued by that banana dish!

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2005 at 1:41 PM

    I might not fancy life among the volcanoes - you never know with them - but a visit to St.Lucia could be interesting. And it does look picturesque in your photos.

  • LisaMJ's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2004 at 4:08 AM

    Those photos bring back memories :-)

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