What to do and see in Soufriere, St. Lucia: The Best Places and Tips

July 16, 2017 Milan Banda

Soufriere's backdrop of the Pitons, sea and rainforest provides a picture perfect setting for a visit to this laid-back and relatively undeveloped town in the south of St. Lucia. Considering that its name is French for "sulphur," it should be no surprise to discover the wealth of hot springs and mineral baths. Other great spots to visit include Diamond Botanical Gardens, a slew of pretty beaches and the bike trails that wind through sugar plantation Anse Mamin. Rent a car to see the town.
Restaurants in Soufriere

1. Tet Paul Nature Trail

Soufriere, St. Lucia +1 758-452-0231
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tet Paul Nature Trail

Tet Paul Nature Trail is situated in the south-western town of Soufriere, St. Lucia. Soufriere is approximately 42 km from the island's capital, Castries, and about 1 hour by bus or taxi and 35 minutes by boat. The trail itself is about a 10 minute drive from the town centre by bus and about 40 minutes on feet.

Reviewed By JIM B - Orange, California

The perfect short hike. 1.5 hours total hike on a short trail with some amazing views.
You get views of both Pitons along with the near by Valleys. You park and go to the office and pay a small fee for the park and the guide. The guide will point out different
trees and plants.

2. Anse Mamin

Soufriere, St. Lucia +1 800-223-1108
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4.5 based on 420 reviews

Anse Mamin

An old sugar plantation with a knot of bike trails along the estate.

Reviewed By JPSWashington_DC - Washington, DC

This is the most beautiful and romantic beach on the island with its dark sand and clear, clean Emerald water. We visited three times and it was always uncrowded. We recommend renting two comfortable lounge chairs, umbrella, towels, and water for $55 USD. We tried lunch one day and it was just average, so the next time we packed a picnic and Piton beers using our cooler. It was wonderful. The walk to Anse Mamin from Anse Chastanet is an easy, level walk. We had a 4-wheel drive vehicle and the road to the parking area was relatively easy.
I would highly recommend this beach over Sugar Beach.

3. Diamond Botanical Gardens

Soufriere Estate, Soufriere, St. Lucia +1 758-459-7565
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4 based on 1 reviews

Diamond Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By H2sMom - Dallas, Texas

There's a tree with an orchid just growing freely from it in these Gardens. There were mint green, turquoise, buttercup yellow, bright vivid reds and pinks, so many beautiful colors and varieties of flora. It's just stunning! You can't imagine how beautiful and exotic these tropical flowers are. It doesn't take a ton of time to go through - you can easily do in an hour - but you need to go do it. Some of the flowers remind me of Dr. Suess. So unusual and beautiful that they don't seem real. The entrance fee is nominal per person.

4. Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs Access Rd, Soufriere, St. Lucia 175845972004595212
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4 based on 2 reviews

Sulphur Springs

The Sulphur Springs Park is a world renowned site where visitors from all over the world come to experience the black water pool baths and learn about the drive in volcano's history in a guided tour through the park.

Reviewed By Kristin B

Hired a private driver for the 2 hr winding road to the sulphuric bath that was advertised as a drive thru volcano. Glad we weren’t on a bus with hoards of people because they were already there at the Springs! Hoards of them, almost making it unsafe. You stand in line to change your clothes, with nowhere to place your bag once you’re changed. Then you get in a small rectangle muddy water bath with the mud squishing through your toes. Very crowded in the pool and rocky footing. When you get out, a worker coats you with mud. You’re supposed to let it dry on you. Then you reverse the process, ending in an outdoor shower to try to get the mud off you. Good luck with that. It’s a 15 min experience you’ll wish you hadn’t tried.

5. Soufriere Marine Management Area

3 Bay Street, Soufriere, St. Lucia +1 758-459-5500
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Soufriere Marine Management Area

A protected strip of reef with a remarkable diversity of coral formations. A spectacular dive.

Reviewed By NJgirlL0vesT0Travel - Wall Township, New Jersey

We booked this excursion from our cruise because the reviews we read said "must do". I agree. It was a long tour but scenic and so worth it. The mud baths are nestled between the Pitons. Seeing them in itself made the trip worth it. The mud baths consisted of walking in the hot shallow stream and taking the mud from buckets that the works continually gather from upstream. You rub it on your skin and let it dry. Then there is a spring pool you can use to wash it off or go to the showers. There was another natural pool just below the first one and several of us enjoyed that one too, but you can't see through the muddy water to see where you are walking, and there could be a 3 foot drop from one step to the next. You don't want to fall under. This is not for the frail. Afterwards your skin feels incredible. I wish I could have taken mud home.( In a side note they sell home made black soaps along with some other types of soaps. They do not seem to contain mud. ) On our way home we had a fabulous meal at a restaurant. I am sorry that I did not bring a camera. I had read a lot of review that theft is a problem but next time I would buy a disposable camera. Our tour was only about $79 a head. There was another one that went by boat instead of bus for $109 and I heard good reviews of that one too.

6. Zion Lion Farm

Anse L'Ivrogne, Soufriere 00000, St. Lucia +1 758-717-4663
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5 based on 77 reviews

Zion Lion Farm

Bon jou! Zion Lion Farm is located at Yukahu Bay - Saint Lucia's most beautiful undeveloped beach - in The Pitons World Heritage Site at the foot of the Gros Piton. Each day is blessed according to Jah plan and for you & yours to experience in peace. There may be (or not) some Lucians fishing from open "gommiers", setting lines from shore, gathering dry coconuts, heading up the mountain with guests... We offer a full-day total immersion "CastAway Tour" all-inclusive of World Heritage Coast Cruise, Swim/Snorkel the Marine Reserve Reefs, Zion Lion Farm Tour, Carib Cuisine Workshop, organic Sea n' Farm-To-Table Carib Beach BarBQ Feast, Bush Doctor Walkabout to the Rainforest Mineral Springs and so much more... Or a half-day "Splash ~ Feast ~ Play” all-inclusive Adventure (round-trip water taxi transport, authentic Carib Beach BarBQ Feast and any of our "CastAway Activities" mixed & matched to your schedule and budget... Mystical. Delicious. Super Natural. Dreamland. Bless up! Paul

Reviewed By Carol L - Ontario, Canada

Our group of 6 seniors recently visited the Yukahu Beach for thr Caribe Beach BBQ. Paul did not show, he was spreading manure on the farm!
We found the experience very disappointing.
The food was good and the native method of coal pot cooking was very interesting but after that there was not much to do there.
We were panhandled by the young men who hang out there.
They wanted money for us to snorkel off the beach and told us to get out of the water an hour before our boat taxi was due to arrive. So much for public Beaches!
No one offered any sort of dialogue or offered to show us around. No one offered to show us the organic farm or mentioned any native herbal medicine ( which I would have found very interesting).
It's a nice meal and that is the end of the experience. Every thing else costs you!
Even the beach chairs have to be rented.
I was very disappointed!

7. Piton Falls

Jalousie Plantation Roadway, Soufriere, St. Lucia +1 758-584-8396
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4 based on 236 reviews

Piton Falls

Reviewed By Shannon H - Anderson, South Carolina

Inexpensive entrance. The hike is on rough terrain so I would not recommend for small children or older visitors. Good foot wear is a must. The water is warm, not hot. Body temperature. As a germaphobe I was already diagnosing myself with MRSA. The hot waterfall was really neat and my kids are already annoyed I only gave this trip 3 stars. The hike allowed you to see papaya trees, mango, and other cool flora. Bring a towel. Cash only.

8. Diamond Waterfalls

Soufriere Estate, Soufriere, St. Lucia +1 758-716-8396
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4 based on 401 reviews

Diamond Waterfalls

Set in a tropical garden, the falls are part of the Diamond Estate.

Reviewed By hd452016 - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Nothing special about standing under a waterfall. However, if you just come from the volcanic mud bath, the water falling will beat the mud out of your hair if you are brave enough to go under the 54 or less degree water. Wear water shoes.

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