The Soufriere quarter, located in the southwestern seaside of Saint Lucia, is a colorful fishing village surrounded by a beautiful bay. Being the formal capital city of Saint Lucia during the French rule, Soufriere boasts of numerous attractions that are popular with tourists. Some of the notable features being the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Central Square, the numerous historical buildings with tin roofs and filigreed balconies, the erected guillotine at the Central Square, and the wharf, located a few blocks away.
The twin towering peaks, including the 750 meters high Petit Piton and the 798 meters high Gros Piton soaring out of the bay, is the most important topographic feature of St. Lucia. Formed thousands of years ago due to volcanic activity, the Pitons are difficult climbs, which are often explored by divers as underwater cliffs. Most tourists prefer viewing the twin peaks for their natural beauty.
Sulfur Springs Park
Since sulfur was once mined at Mount Soufriere, this active geothermal site is also called Sulfur Springs Park. The edge of its 274-meter crater features a road making it one of the rarest drive-through volcanoes in the world. Tourists can head to the observation platforms to view the hissing fumaroles and the bubbling pools, or soak in the therapeutic springs.
This old colonial estate is home to three famous tourist attractions, including the Diamond Botanical Garden, the beautiful Diamond Waterfall, and the healing hot spring baths that were originally constructed for the soldiers of King Louis XVI. Within the gardens, tourists will find informative displays of local vegetables and fruits including dasheen, soursop, and christophine.
Located north of Soufriere is the beach Anse Chastanet. Featuring an excellent marine reserve with coral reefs, the Anse Chastanet is known for snorkeling and scuba diving. Divers can view colored sponges as well as varied forms of corals including brain corals, boulder corals, and soft corals. The coral gardens are also inhabited by large varieties of fishes including barracudas, chromis, wrasse, goatfish, and parrotfish.
Fond Doux Estate
An eco-friendly colonial plantation and resort, known for its romantic and luxurious accommodations, is located right in the centre of the town. At the 250-year-old plantation, tourists will find cacao being processed even today.
Therefore, a visit to Soufriere is recommended for those looking to spend their holiday by relaxing in the midst of scenic nature.