The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

I picked St. Lucia because my honeymoon destination for several reasons, but most of all because the island is well known to be among the Caribbean’s most beautiful stone. It is covered in lush vegetation, dotted with quaint cities and includes miles of pristine shoreline, complete with ocean views at every turn.

However, of all of St. Lucia’s natural brilliance, the 2 peaks around the island’s southwestern coast, known as the Pitons, are her most identifiable landmarks. Near the beachside city of Soufriere is your set — both the Gros and Petit Pitons. They sit atop an active field. Nearby, a odor is emitted by the Soufriere Volcano and siphoned out shadowy sulfur-rich water out of its own cracks. However, the Pitons aren’t active. In actuality, they’re home to piles of bird, reptile and amphibian species. They may be seen for miles off and create the ideal background. In 2004 that the Pitons were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to vegetation and their shape.

It is possible to scale up the Gros Piton, but most visitors elect to admire the 2 peaks from below due to the nature of the rise to the very top. For centuries the Pitons have supplied a distinct landmark to direct them to seafarers. That the Pitons are the country’s treasured symbol and the landscape around the island. They are inarguably St. Lucia’s crown jewels and therefore are a can’t-miss for anyone considering travel to the Caribbean.

View of Gros Piton from Sugar Beach

Petit Piton from Soufriere Beach

View of the Pitons from our cabin at Crystals Honeymoon Hotel

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

Close up of the Pitons of St. Lucia

The Pitons of St. Lucia from the Sky

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

Shot taken from our Catamaran

Sugar Beach Panorama

Caribbean Sea Panorama

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

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