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24 The Magazine
SEP/OCT 2012
Drive-In Volcano?
The well-known Sulphur Springs in St. Lucia is the hottest
and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles.
The park is approximately 45 hectares/111 acres and
is billed as the Caribbean’s only “drive-in volcano.” The
main area of Sulphur Springs comprises numerous hot
springs, bubbling mud pools and fumaroles (steam vents).
Many fumaroles have temperatures 100°C/212°F or
hotter, and temperatures of up to 172°C/341°F have been
recorded. Geothermal systems such as Sulphur Springs
form when rainwater seeps into the ground where it is
heated by hot rock. The hot water becomes buoyant, and
rises back to the surface along cracks. In some places the
water is heated so much that it rises as steam.
Phone: +758 459 7200
History With Zip
Morne Coubaril is an 18th-century estate, part of a 101-hectare/250-acre land grant by
Louis XIV of France in 1713. The original plantation house has been rebuilt and a farm
workers’ village has been re-created showing what life was like for both the owners
and those who did all the hard labor over
the centuries producing cotton, coffee,
sugarcane, and cocoa. The grounds are
lovely for walking or hiking, and the views
of mountains and Soufrière Harbour are
spellbinding. More adventurous visitors can
enjoy Soufrière Hotwire Rides, a state-of-
the-art zipline excursion with eight stations
taking you under Petit Piton and through the
adjacent rainforest.
+758 459 7340
Rodney’s Roost
Pigeon Island is one of the Caribbean’s
most historic landmarks and certainly one of
the most beautiful spots in St. Lucia. While
Pigeon Island’s rich history dates back to
pre Columbian times, it is most famous for
its role in the 1782 Battle of the Saints. It
was from Pigeon Island that Admiral Rodney
monitored Fort Royal in Martinique and set
sail to intercept the French troops, fortuitously
preventing their rendezvous with the Spanish
and saving Jamaica for the British Empire.
Pigeon Island is 17 hectares/44 acres of sloping
grasslands, dry tropical forests, beaches and
twin peaks. Scattered around the picturesque
grounds are ruins of barracks, batteries and
garrisons that date from 18th-century French
and English battles.
+758 452 5005
An Iconic Image
Rising tall from a Caribbean Sea base, fringed by the town of Soufrière and covered in
emerald-colored vegetation, the Pitons are perhaps the most iconic sight in all of St. Lucia.
The massive outcroppings, formed by lava from a volcanic eruption 30 to 40 million years
ago, have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are not identical twins, since
meter/2,619-foot Petit Piton is actually taller than 750-meter/2,461-foot Gros Piton, though
Gros Piton is broader. It’s possible to climb the Pitons, but it’s a strenuous trip. Call the Forest
and Lands Department for a hiking appointment plus information on guides. You’ll need to
budget approximately €36/$45 for a tour guide and allot at least a half day to navigate these
unique geological formations.
+758 450 2078
On the Water
With the sparkling Caribbean Sea on one side and the mysterious depths of the Atlantic
Ocean on the other, sailors and fishermen easily fall in love with St. Lucia. Not only is it
possible to charter any form of sea-going vessel anywhere on the island, but St. Lucia also
offers opportunities for some of the best deep sea fishing in the world. Described as “an
angler’s dream come true,” it’s home to several species of big game fish. Numerous charter
operations on the island offer whole- and half-day fishing excursions on state-of-the-art
boats outfitted with the latest fishing equipment. Depending on the time of year, anglers will
land a variety of fish, including mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish
and sailfish.