Diamond Botanical Gardens
Soufriere, St Lucia
Photo by Flash Parker
Diamond Botanical GardensTake a break from days at the beach with a stroll through these quiet, lush gardens. The nature trail is well marked and easy to navigate. Identify the local birds, including the St. Lucian parrot, with the help of labels and pictures along the trail. The water of the garden's Diamond Falls is a unique rustlike color due to the minerals picked up along the stream's path past a volcano, two miles upstream. The waterfall's colors change according to the recent rainfall. Though you can't swim in the falls, you can relax in hot mineral spring baths. Visit early in the morning, and avoid cruise-ship days so you can have the place to yourself.
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