GO CHAS­ING WA­TER­FALLS!

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Lu­cia's moun­tain­ous ter­rain spawns many spec­tac­u­lar sights, not the least of which are the is­land's many wa­ter­falls. Icy cool cas­cades of clear, re­fresh­ing wa­ter splash into plunge pools be­low, and many are ac­ces­si­ble to vis­i­tors who en­joy a nat­u­ral cool off from the day's trop­i­cal sun. Den­nery Falls (Main photo) Over on Saint Lu­cia’s east coast, near the town of Den­nery is Sault Falls (also called Errard Falls or Den­nery Falls). This 50 foot wa­ter­fall is in the midst of a serene for­est set­ting and re­quires a few min­utes of down­hill hik­ing and river cross­ing to get to the ac­tual wa­ter­fall.

1. Di­a­mond Falls

The most vis­ited wa­ter­fall in Saint Lu­cia, Di­a­mond Falls is lo­cated in the heart of the Soufrière val­ley, in the midst of a lush trop­i­cal gar­den. Sat­u­rated with min­er­als from the un­der­ground sul­phur springs, the wa­ter cas­cades 45 feet from a clifftop, paint­ing the rocky back­drop its sig­na­ture golden yel­low. Although bathing is not al­lowed un­der the falls, the cool­ing mists will re­lax you after the gen­tle hike, and min­eral baths re­ported to date back to King Louis XVI and Josephine Bon­parte are lo­cated within the botan­i­cal gar­dens.

2. Toraille Falls

Yet another wa­ter­fall in the Soufrière area is Toraille Falls. Go through the town to Sir Arthur Lewis Street and near the bridge over the Soufrière River there is a sign point­ing the way to the falls and car park. After walk­ing along a short trail through a tiny trop­i­cal gar­den, you come upon the wa­ter­fall fall­ing 50 feet from a cliff. Join the lo­cals and bathe in the pool be­low the wa­ter­fall, have a pic­nic in the seat­ing area or do a lit­tle is­land shop­ping from ven­dors on the road out­side the gate.

3. En­Bas Saut Falls

For those who want to com­bine their wa­ter­fall view­ing with more rugged hik­ing, En­Bas Saut Wa­ter­fall will ful­fil your pas­sion for ad­ven­ture. Get­ting to th­ese wa­ter­falls re­quires a two hour hike along a 4 kilo­me­ter trail through Rain­for­est and Cloud For­est to the foot of Mount Gimie in the Ed­mund For­est Re­serve. The name in English means "Be­low the Falls" which is ex­actly where you will want to bathe in the cool river wa­ter. En­Bas Saut Wa­ter­fall is ap­prox­i­mately 6 kilo­me­ters from the vil­lage of Fond St Jac­ques out­side Soufrière: it is ad­vis­able to have a tour guide for vis­it­ing th­ese falls.

4. Latille Wa­ter­fall

Fur­ther along the east coast near the vil­lage of Mi­coud lies the Latille Wa­ter­fall. This 20ft wa­ter­fall cas­cades into a deep swimming pool. Vis­i­tors can also ex­plore the scenic wa­ter­course and ad­di­tional pools down­stream. The falls are ac­cessed through a tran­quil gar­den full of or­gan­i­cally grown fruit, herbs and flow­ers.

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