Diamond Botanical Gardens are located in a deep gorge at the foothills of the Pitons on the west coast of St. Lucia, not far from the town of Soufrière. It is the oldest botanical garden on St. Lucia and one of the most beautiful spots on the island. The gardens are part of the 2,000-acre Soufrière estate, a grant by French King Louis XIV to the Devaux family. It is still owned by the family. These lush tropical gardens are bursting with life with massive ancient trees towering over blooming bushes and vines. A narrow path takes visitors to the natural gorge, where water bubbles from a sulfur spring that, on the way down the cliff, forms the Diamond Waterfall. The path continues to the dormant Soufrière Volcano, also called the Sulphur Springs, which feeds thermal baths that have been around since 1784. Along the way through the lush gardens, visitors can see an old mill and a waterwheel, built in 1765.
Soufrière Estate, St. Lucia, Phone: 758-459-7565
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