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The small fishing village of Soufrière is located on the southwestern coast of St. Lucia in West Indies

Soufrière has also served as the former capital of St. Lucia during the French reign. This vibrant village is enveloped by a beautiful bay, and excellent views of the village can be seen from the main road to Vieux Fort. The most prominent structures in the town are the several buildings in town square and the houses, which are adorned with balconies and tin roofs. The wharf located a few minutes from the town square serves as the stopping point for sightseeing cruises.

Soufrière is also the second most populated town of St. Lucia, after Castries, and houses the most important landmarks of the island - the Petit Piton and Gros Piton hills. These Pitons are volcanic mountains rising to 738m and 696m and are formed of lava and rock. Once active, these mountains are now covered with lots of vegetation. Climbing these peaks requires permission from the Forest and Lands Department of St. Lucia and also the assistance of a knowledgeable guide.

Close to Soufrière is the popular drive in volcano - the Mount Soufrière. Visitors can easily drive along the winding path into the ancient crater. Travelers have to walk uphill from the parking lot, and from an observation platform they can watch the bubbling sulfur springs and the hot water springs. The Gabriel's Pool is the most visible among the other hot springs in the area. The entry fees to the crater and the pools is EC$7 per person and is inclusive of the guide service. The area is open from 9am to 5pm.

Close to the drive-in volcano is the Diamond Botanical Gardens which has the Diamond Mineral Baths. In the interiors of these lush garden is the Diamond Waterfall; the most amazing feature of this waterfall is that it changes its color several times in a day because of the water that bubbles from the sulfur springs. Visitors can bathe in the Diamond Mineral Baths at the cost of EC$15 apart from the entry fee of EC$11. The area is open from 10am to 5pm.

The prices and timings mentioned above is based on the information gathered at the time this article was written - this may or may not be the case during your particular visit.

Southwest of Soufrière the road moves along to Fond St-Jacques, where travelers can get amazing views of villages and mountains as they move through the St. Lucia's Cape Moule-Chique tropical rainforest. Visitors can also get a view of the Barre de l'Isle divide.

The nearest Masaajid is in Vieux Fort, the Islamic Foundation of St Lucia, and the Masjidur Rahman on St. Jude's Highway, La Tourney. Visitors can get information about the availability of Halal food and Halal restaurants from any of the members of the mosque committee.

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St. Lucia Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Castries

GEOGRAPHY

It is a volcanic Island, situated in the eastern Caribbean Sea. You can see soft sandy beaches and magnificent natural harbors in a land area of 620 km2

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 0.17 Million. Muslims account for about 0.1% of the population.

CLIMATE

The climate is tropical, although it is moderated by northeast trade winds. The dry season is from December to May and a wet season from June to November. The average daytime temperatures are around 29 °C.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English is the official language. French Creole is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT -4 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

HOLIDAYS

Independence Day: February 22nd
May Day: May 1st
Emancipation Day: August 1st
Christmas: December 25th
Boxing Day: December 26th

CURRENCY

East Caribbean Dollar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/Medical/Fire: 999 or 911

 

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