The south of St. Lucia
has so much to offer; lush gardens, the Pitons, beautiful views of the rain forest as well as a peak inside of the world's only active drive-in volcano. From the north, it will take you an average of about 90 minutes to drive to the south. Along the way you will pass through several villages, and often find fresh markets lined up on the streets. Take advantage of many viewing points to stop and take in the scenic views and you will find that around every corner is a new sight to see. The closer you get to the south, the better the sightseeing becomes. It truly is a drive that will keep you captivated every step along the way. Here is just some of what you should consider seeing during your visit to St. Lucia.
St. Lucia Botanical Gardens
Home to the Diamond Waterfall, the Botanical Gardens is the oldest botanical gardens in St. Lucia, located in the town of Soufriere. Having been mostly destroyed during Hurricane Tomas in 2010, one would never notice today that it was ever damaged. The staff along with the locals, all pulled together to restore the gardens back to its original conditions before the storm. That alone is an amazement worth visiting and paying respects to this beautiful area. The gardens welcomes you with lush jungle like plants and trees, along the way you will see many beautiful flowers. You can also enjoy a relaxing natural mineral bath while here. Afterward, if you follow the path, it will lead you to the best part, a breathtaking view of the Diamond Waterfall which flows in the back of the gardens.
Petite & Gros Piton's
The Petite and Gros Piton's are a beautiful sight to see. One of the main reasons why people travel to St. Lucia, is so that they can take in this captivating view. The Pitons are two volcanic plugs in a World Heritage site in St. Lucia. They are connected by the Piton Mitan ridge. The Petite Piton is situated south of the town of Soufriere and north of the Gros Piton. It is 739 meters high while the Gros Piton is 786 meters.
Dasheene at Ladera
A beautiful way to enjoy the view of the Pitons is to enjoy a nice meal at Dasheene at Ladera. The restaurant sits atop the mountain over-looking both the Petite and Gros Piton's providing a very scenic and romantic setting. The restaurant also offers a large deck and pool with an amazing view of the Pitons so guests can enjoy a wonderful meal, relax and take in everything St. Lucia has to offer.
The Dasheene at Ladera also overlooks Sugar Beach, formerly known as Jalousie Plantation. This beach is only accessible by a road leading to the Sugar Beach Resort, but don't worry, all beaches in St. Lucia are free to the public. Providing a large stretch of sand filled beach, here you will find yourselves emerged in the sea between the two Pitons. Giving you such a surreal feeling as you relax and ask yourself if this is reality or only a dream?
The World's Only Drive-In Volcano
Last, but certainly not least, taking a drive through the world's only drive-in volcano is a must see. You may be put off at first by the smell of sulfur, but it is worth sticking around and getting the tour for. You can actually see the sulfur water and mud boiling and steaming right before your eyes. Although there are obvious signs of activity happening, the volcano is dormant. While here, you can also take a mud bath in the water that flows downstream from the volcano. It is said to be good for your skin and soothing if you suffer from blemishes or sun burn.
Read part 1
of this blog about visiting the North of St. Lucia.
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