St. Lucia is a breath-taking island with a lavish and incredibly stunning landscape that lures travellers in to discover her many marvels. The country has no shortage of sights or places of intrigue, but here are just a few attractions worth mentioning:
Pigeon Island National Park:
- Pigeon Island National Park is one of St. Lucia's most important historic attractions. A causeway connects the island to the mainland, and you can hike up to the lookout point and enjoy panoramic views of St. Lucia's northwest coast. The island has ruins of the military buildings used during battles between the French and English, and interpretation centre describing the island's fascinating history, a small restaurant, and two white-sand beaches.
- The Pitons are St. Lucia’s most distinctive and fascinating phenomenon. The towering twin peaks can be seen from the town of Soufriere. However, the Tet Paul Nature Trail (another great mention) offers an amazing sight
Snorkelling and Diving in Anse Chastanet Marine National Park:
- The Anse Chastanet coral reef is a great place for divers. They can see coloured sponges, soft corals, boulder coral, and brain corals, frogfish, parrotfish, barracudas, etc.
Sulphur Springs Park (Drive-In Volcano):
- You can view the bubbling dark pools from observation platforms. After exploring the park, you can soak in some nearby therapeutic springs and take a mud bath. Make sure you wear a dark coloured or old swimsuit.
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, Waterfall & Mineral Baths, Soufriere Estate:
- The Diamond Falls section of the Soufriere Estate offers three popular attractions: well-conceived gardens, a beautiful waterfall coloured by mineral deposits, and healing mineral hot spring baths originally built for the troops of King Louis the XVI of France. For a small fee, you can also use the soothing outside pools or private bathhouses. Another attraction of this historic estate is the Old Mill Restaurant, where visiting groups are served a Caribbean buffet.
Hiking the Enbas Saut Waterfall Trail: Edmund Rain Forest Reserve:
- The Enbas Saut waterfall trail lies on the slopes of Mount Gimie, St. Lucia's highest mountain. The well-maintained trail circles through dense rainforest to a waterfall, which has eroded its way into volcanic rock. It takes about two hours 30 minutes and requires suitable hiking shoes. Keep an eye out for the St. Lucia parrot, St. Lucia oriole, Semper's warbler, and St. Lucia wren.
- The Park also harbours exotic plants, such as the blue mahoe and Honduras mahogany. Most visitors access the trail in 4WD safari vehicles along a rough and rocky road that also affords one of the best vistas of the Pitons.
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