Relax on a moon-shaped bay
The beaches on St Lucia are wild, secluded and easy to explore, and it’s the same in Soufriere. There are a few beaches around the town, so spend some time venturing to them all.
Anse des Pitons – or Sugar Beach – is one of the most popular. As its name implies, the sand is sparkling white, as it was imported from Guyana. It’s more reminiscent of beaches from holidays to Thailand, as most of St Lucia’s beaches are made up of grey, silvery sand. On Sugar Beach, you’re nestled between the peaks of the Piton Mountains, and it’s a popular spot for watersports like snorkelling.
Soufriere holidays really must include a visit to Anse Chastanet too. It’s one of the world’s most beautiful beaches thanks to its half-moon shaped bay, warm waters, huge palm trees and views over the Pitons.
Immerse yourself in St Lucian culture
Make the most of your Soufriere holidays by exploring the island’s culture. There are numerous influences on the island – think European, African and Indian. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the Creolean cuisine that’s served up in every restaurant.
Soufriere’s traditional cafes are loved for their classic Caribbean dishes. Don’t be put off by what the cafes look like: once you take your first mouthful, you’ll see this has no effect on the quality of the food. Dishes to try include stewed chicken in coconut and treacle, and fresh snapper, as well as the local rum.
The island’s culture is apparent in the town’s architecture too. Houses in bright colours contrast with classic French architecture, and when you explore further out, you’ll see the old colonial plantations.
Dive into heart-racing activities
Soufriere might come across as a sleepy, relaxing town, but there’s plenty to do to get your heart racing. You can try adventurous activities like zip-lining and biking through the jungle, as well as 4×4 driving. Snorkelling is popular on Soufriere holidays too, thanks to the clear waters and abundance of tropical fish. While you can head out to sea, most snorkelling spots are accessed from the shore.
Soufriere is also home to another activity – a combination of scuba diving and snorkelling: snuba. This allows you to explore as deep underwater as a diver without the need for qualifications and lessons. You can even dive into an old volcano. Refresh yourself afterwards at Toraille Falls, where you can wash off beneath a plunging waterfall.
Visit the national parks
Soufriere has two parks that are must-dos for all visitors, the Sulphur Springs Park and the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens.
The Sulphur Springs are located within the most geothermally-active part of the area’s arc of volcanic islands. Explore the crater of this dormant volcano, and its moon-like landscape. Walk around the platforms and watch the bubbling pools of mud – and watch out for the vents of smelly sulphur gas!
The Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens are a five-minute drive from Soufriere, and you can spend all day exploring its six acres. Follow paths, bridges and streams to see all the best plants and wildlife. At the end, you can take a rejuvenating swim in the mineral pools of the Diamond River.
Whether you’re after a relaxing beach holiday or an adventure in the jungle, Soufriere, St Lucia holidays have it all. You can base yourself in a town that has the best views on the island, while being in close proximity to all of St Lucia’s top attractions. When you’re not snoozing on the beach, exploring the wilderness or trying the Creolean cuisine, you’ll be made to feel right at home by the welcoming locals.