The beating heart of St Lucia
Tucked into St Lucia’s west coast, Soufrière is a little town with a big reputation. It counts gorgeous colonial architecture and a colourful seafront among its gifts, with an exciting dining scene that mixes authentic Creole eats and fine dining. The nightlife is worth a mention too, with lots of locals bars where you can sample the island’s beloved rum.
The beautiful Anse Chastanet beach is less than half an hour’s drive away, famous for its vibrant HD colours – green rainforest, white sand and deep azure waters.
Soufrière is also the gateway to the island’s finest natural attractions. You’ve got the Sulphur Spring, the ‘drive-through volcano’ known for its bubbling hot springs, and the exquisite Diamond Falls waterfalls wrapped up in a shiny bow of exotic botanical gardens.Then there are the Pitons – twin pillars of towering rock thick with green vegetation that act as a gateway to the town.
Flight time from the UK to St Lucia is around 8 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from St Lucia airport to Soufrière is approximately 50 minutes.
St Lucia is hot all year round, although the summer months coincide with hurricane season, and the heaviest rainfall is between June and November. Good news if you fancy some winter sun – the driest months are between December and March, when the average temperature is a balmy 28°C.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to St Lucia.
A 10% gratuity charge will typically be added to your hotel and restaurant bills in St Lucia, so check carefully. Any additional tipping is at your discretion, although 10% is a good guide. A dollar or two would be appreciated by maids, porters and drivers.
The official language of St Lucia is English.