Visit An Active Volcano In St. Lucia


How adventurous are you, would you visit an active volcano? If that is the case, then head over to the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

The island of St. Lucia has the only drive-in volcano in the world. The volcano in St. Lucia, also referred to as the St. Lucia sulphur springs, had its last minor eruption in the late 1700’s. Today, although there are signs of activities going on, for example the boiling mud and water and steam that emerge from the crater, the volcano is dormant.

The islands in the Eastern Caribbean are all linked via a volcanic arc; however the St. Lucia Volcano is different because the water has therapeutic qualities. You will find people traveling there to get baths to remove blemishes from their skin.

Visitors are not permitted to walk in the crater after an unfortunate incident with a guide, which saw him falling in the boiling water. Fortunately he was rescued but did suffer severe burns. There is also a strong smell of sulphur that emanates from the volcano on the island. It is weak during the day but stronger at night; you can smell it from very far away. It is said that if the smell goes away, then it would mean that there is going to be a volcanic eruption.

The people of Soufriere, where the volcano is located, pride themselves as having the only drive in volcano right at their doorsteps. If you feel like seeing this natural wonder, take a trip to St. Lucia or if you are already in the country on vacation, do include it as one of your must see items.