One of the most gorgeous places to visit on St. Lucia is the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. St. Lucia is a mountainous island with rich volcanic soil. Although most people think of the great beaches on St. Lucia, the center of the island is a rich jungle. The Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens are the oldest gardens on St. Lucia. A visit takes you on a walk through 6 acres of the stunning flora to the gorgeous Diamond Waterfall.
While at the gardens you can take in the mineral baths. We did the volcano hike & mud baths that day so we skipped the mineral baths. There are extremely hot original springs or the more public secondary baths. Honestly I’d feel a little self conscious in those baths because not everyone who visits goes in, but if you want a one stop outing, its an option! There is also a little gift shop & cafe on site.
The benches & sculptures around the park are originals, made for the estate for the Devaux brothers who were gifted the land from France. Some pieces were make in St. Lucia, some were brought back from their travels.
As you can see, I had plenty of water in my Camelbak and picked up chilled water at the cafe. I was not going to let the humidity slow me down!
How stunning are all of these flowers? I could’ve wandered around for hours. The closest gardens back in the US that I’ve seen are at Filoli in Redwood City, who rotates their gardens so that there is always something in bloom, and the famous Huntington Library & gardens in Pasadena. Both are stunning gardens in their own rights, but miss that rainforest glory that you find on St. Lucia!
I think this one was my favorite!