Soufriere: snorkeling, waterfalls, gardens and mineral baths

leandra

As we mentioned previously, we spent about a day and a half wandering around the island of St. Lucia and most of that time was spent in and around Soufriere on the southwest coast.

Friday afternoon was spent at Anse Chastanet Beach, a lovely cove with a good amount of fish and various corals. The highlight of my time in the water was spotting a sting ray hiding in the sand.

snorkeling scene
underwater scene

The next day, we drove back to visit the Diamond Falls gardens and get a shot of the most visited waterfall on the island. Surprisingly, the gardens were in good shape (after the hurricane last fall) and, I thought, worth the $5/person entrance fee. We didn’t get a photo of the colorful hummingbirds on the property but enjoyed watching them protect their territories.

Diamond waterfalll
Diamond waterfall

frilly
we loved the varieties of tropical plants

While looking for another nearby waterfall, Toraille Falls, we stumbled upon the New Jerusalem mineral baths where we soaked our feet for a while in a very jungle-like setting. We later learned that the waterfall had been completely destroyed in the hurricane. Shame.

New Jerusalem Warm Baths
the deep pool we relaxed in…

These sites were all worth visiting and made me want to stay on this side of the island next time.