Two days on the island of St. Lucia lets you see the island’s volcanoes, rain forests, waterfalls, and iconic Pitons, while still leaving time to soak up the sun on a sandy beach, enjoy the turquoise Caribbean waters, and get a taste of the local island culture.
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Soufriere Estate, Soufriere, St Lucia
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens offers walking trails that run through a lush mix of flora and fauna, as well as a historic mill and a waterwheel. One of the park’s highlights is the Diamond Waterfall, which is one of the most colorful falls in the Caribbean due to the minerals in the water, which gives it a rainbow-like appearance.
Because the gardens are close to the sulphur springs, the grounds also boast volcanically heated mineral baths that have been in use since King Louis XVI built a bathhouse for his troops here in 1784. Guided tours typically include a soak at the nearby springs along with a visit to the waterfall.
Do not book with any other service!!!!
There are not enough kind words to describe this “experience”. Certainly far beyond the excursion detailed. Our driver Johnavien picked up up directly off the port of our cruise ship. In a beautiful car we were treated to a scenic drive and view of the island along with commentary on the typical life there The botanical gardens were amazing. Johnavien took his time and allowed us to go at our own pace. Again he shared knowledge of the local fruits, vegetables and plants. From there we went to the mud bath. Note to all: this is a very “sulfur” smelling activity. Do not wear your favorite bathing suit and be prepared for the smell to linger! On that note again Johnavien made sure we had access to showers to ensure our comfort. Those were the only 2 places in the description, however again we were treated like royalty and taken to other island destinations he thought we might like. The most important thing to remember is that each attraction had tour groups packed into transportation vehicles. We had a one on one private tour for much less than the ship charged. The owner of the company texted me personally to make sure we were satisfied with our day. I can not recommend this company any higher, as the professionalism was unmatched and my daughter and I had an unforgettable experience.
MaryAnne_C, Jun 2019
Things to Know Before You Go
There is a fee to enter the park and separate fees for using the public or private bathing areas.
Make sure to bring a bathing suit if you want to soak in the sulphur springs; there are on-site changing rooms.
The water in the springs can be quite hot; you may need to add cool water to bring the temperature down.
Swimming is prohibited at the Diamond Waterfall.
There is a restaurant located at the Old Mill and a small shop on site.
The walk through the garden is relatively easy, but because of roots in the paths, it may be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller.
How to Get There
Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens is located about 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometers) from Soufriere, which is on the island’s southwest coast, and about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Castries. The easiest way to get around St. Lucia is to rent a car or take a shore excursion or tour that includes roundtrip transportation.
When to Get There
Like much of the Caribbean, St. Lucia is busiest from December to April. Visitors should note that the Diamond Waterfall changes colors throughout the year as rain affects the mineral concentration.
La Soufrière Volcano
Some St. Lucia tours combine a visit to the botanical gardens with a stop at the dormant La Soufriere volcano—known as “the world’s only drive-in volcano”—in Sulphur Springs Park, where you can bathe in another set of natural hot springs. The water at the springs gives off a “rotten egg” smell due to the sulphur in the mud, but once you start soaking, you’ll probably be too relaxed to care.
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