SOUFRIERE (St. Lucia)
St Lucia, West Indies
Overlooked by the sharp-peaked twins of the Pitons, Soufriere enjoys one of St. Lucia’s most scenic locations. Rolling down to meet the turquoise sea water, lush green vegetation surrounds the island’s first capital - which took its name from the simmering Sulphur Springs that burble nearby. A member of the French Windward Islands, the Gallic flavour is strong here, with candy-coloured colonial architecture adding to the island’s postcard-perfect appeal.
The iconic pair of the Pitons have stood guard over this colourful town of seafront charm since its founding in 1746 - and they form the island's proudest and most recognisable natural landmark. Rocketing up into the sky like giant pyramids, they loom picturesquely above the jungle’s tangle and rich blue Caribbean waters. Below, the Botanical Gardens bloom with elaborate displays of tropical plant life, and gushing falls - like the Toraille Waterfall - glow as the water catches the sun's light.
As you’d expect, St. Lucia also offers stunning golden beaches and turquoise waters, where you can meet jewel-coloured fish like clownfish and angelfish hiding amongst the protective arms of healthy coral reefs. Enjoy fresh catches of the day in Soufriere’s restaurants, or satisfy a sweeter tooth with a visit to the island’s chocolate producing cocoa groves.