Reputed as the birthplace of Napoleon’s Empress Josephine de Beauharnais who also spent her childhood in this town, Soufriere is situated on the southwest coast of Saint Lucia. Set against a southern backdrop of the picturesque Gros Piton and Petit Piton directly rising up from the coral reef beds, this excellent UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a popular destination for snorkeling and scuba diving as well. Featuring rainforests containing an abundance of wildlife and waterfalls, Soufriere offers several picturesque trails alongside the coastline offering spectacular view-points.
Other tourist attractions within Soufriere include sulfur springs within the caldera of the Qualibou Volcano, the Soufriere Estate, Fond Doux Estate, Malgretout Beach and Anse Chastanet which is a very popular and beautiful beach-resort. This former Saint Lucia capital which was a small sleepy fishing port at one time, has eventually now emerged as a leading destination of this island nation’s tourism industry.