When was the last time you went out for a drive and ended up inside a volcano?
The drive to Sulfur Spring Park is about an hour from Castries through a winding road with towering forest trees through the rainforest. From the parking lot, you’ll walk uphill. You will lay eyes on the Soufriere crater as it emits steam and sulphurous gases with boiling mud bubbling just a few feet from you (beware of the rotten eggs smell). The odor can be a little nauseating, even if you can find something to cover your nose ( I highly recommend it!!).
They have guided tours with park rangers that lead you to an observation platform at the crater, where you are surrounded by the volcano zone.
Be sure to bring your bathing suit and a towel (an old one) to take a dip in the mud baths afterwards. One of the great attractions of this volcano is the chance to smother yourself in sulfurous mud, let it dry, and then immerse yourself in the hot water to wash off. There’s also a shower to rinse any residual mud off with cold water. Your skin will feel very smooth and soft afterwards.
The highlight of our trip was slapping as much mud on each other as possible.
Soufriere volcano is considered to be dormant today, although it is still being monitored regularly. The last volcanic eruption was in the late 1700s.
Entrance to Soufriere and the Sulphur Spring Mud pools costs $8 per person, and includes the guided tours.
It’s open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Note: Bring a bag to put all your wet bathing suits and towels. They will probably smell like sulfur.