Situated some 42 km along a precipitous ribbon shaped road from the capital Castries and about 2.4 km south east of the picturesque town of Soufriere, is a geologic marvel and St. Lucia’s most famous and premiere visitor attraction, Sulphur Springs Park. Advertised worldwide as the home of the, “World’s Only Drive-In Volcano”; for the visitors ability to drive and walk right into the heart of a dormant volcano, the park attracts over 200,000 patrons annually. Its 46 hectares spreads majestically between two hills that are centrally located within St. Lucia’s Piton World Heritage Site; a status accorded by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the area’s outstanding universal beauty and unique natural phenomenon, to a 2,909 hectare area which includes the world famous pitons, Gros and Petit Piton. The area is a realm of the senses and a stark reminder of the volcanic origin of the island; however, the present tranquility and captivating beauty of the area, belies the fact the forces that shaped it are still very much alive.
Under management of the St. Lucia Tourist Board, the park opened its doors to its first paying patrons in the early 1980’s; however, in 1995, the Government of St. Lucia ceded the management of the park to a not for profit company, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (Soufriere Foundation or SRDF). The specific objectives of the Soufriere Foundation as it pertains to Sulphur Springs Park are as follows:
• To protect the natural vegetation and preserve the biodiversity of the area
• To use the natural and cultural resources of the area in a sustainable manner
• To promote the area’s geological features as tourist attractions
• To support the area’s use as an outdoor scientific and educational laboratory
• To facilitate use of the area for recreation
Since 1995, the park has undergone many changes, foremost of which, is the addition of a vending village, world-class interpretation centre and a new trail. Today, the park employs over 40 permanent staff to cater for the needs of our many visitors.
A visit to Sulphur Springs Park to enjoy its history and geology, is a truly memorable experience that just cannot be missed while in tropical St. Lucia. Join us and explore its many ATTRACTIONS.
Contact us at:
|Soufriere Regional Development Foundation|
Tel: (+1758) 459 5726 / 7686 / 7200 / 7201