It’s no secret, Saint Lucia is the island everyone thinks of first when planning a honeymoon, landmark anniversary or special occasion. It’s as sexy a place as I’ve ever been! We stayed at two of the most romantic hotels in the Caribbean – Ladera Resort and Jade Mountain, and they were each unique destinations unto themselves. That’s the exception to the rule, so for once I didn’t feel too guilty for soaking up the comforts of hotel luxury.
Good news though – there are plenty of things to do in Soufriere above and beyond exploring the one-of-a-kind hotels.
When we weren’t enjoying our suite at Ladera and our sanctuary at Jade Mountain with those unbelievable private plunge pools and missing 4th walls, we explored a bit of Soufriere, the old capital of Saint Lucia, and the surrounding area.
DID YOU KNOW? Soufrière actually means “sulfurous air” in French, and you’ll smell why pretty quickly after arrival. Fortunately the Caribbean breeze keeps it from lingering!
From waterfalls to hiking to stinky mud baths, we did our best to check out the top things to do in Soufriere so you’ll know when you go! I covered many of these activities in more detail for Travelocity, so check it out especially if you want to dig a bit deeper and map out your own trip. (More info on Ladera, Jade Mountain.)
Short on time? Here’s a quick video tour of some of most memorable things to do in Soufriere!
7 Fun Things to Do in Soufriere
Live on the Edge: Drive-in Volcano
The one and only! The caldera exploded many thousands of years ago, but the island is still geothermal.
Get Dirty: Sulphur Springs Park
Who doesn’t like a little good clean, dirty fun? The mud that bubbles up from the earth just below the caldera is rich with minerals. Must see!
Cool Off: Toraille Falls
The best place to wash off your mineral mud is refreshing Toraille Falls, a quick drive from the caldera.
Explore Nature: Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens
Rick & I are really into plants and gardening (who knew, right?) so we loved the botanical gardens. There are hot mineral baths you can soak in, historic ruins and another waterfall, though this one is not for swimming.
Get Wet: Snorkel in the Caribbean Sea
As a scuba diver, I confess sometimes snorkeling is a bit boring for me, but in 7 days, we went three times! The sea life is colorful and plentiful and it’s easy to get to. No hourlong boat rides – in many spots you just dive right in from shore.
Challenge Yourself: Climb a Piton
Or don’t. While Rick ascended & descended Gros Piton in a frankly ridiculous 2.75 hours, I got a deep tissue massage in our room at Ladera. Let’s all take a moment to applaud me for resting for once!
Celebrate: Sunset Cruise in Soufrière
We came in search of the Green Flash, one item on my bucket list I just can’t seem to check off. We didn’t see it this time, but the sunset, the wind in the sails and the curious Bat Cave near Jade Mountain made up for it. Next time!
Which activity would you rather do in Saint Lucia? Or would you just stay in your private plunge pool and live off room service?
Thank you to Ladera Resort and Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia for hosting our visit. Opinions, observations and general musings are my own, as always.