The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

I picked St. Lucia because my honeymoon destination for several reasons, but most importantly since the island is well known to be one of those Caribbean’s most beautiful gems. It is covered in vegetation, dotted with quaint cities and includes miles of pristine coastline, complete with sprawling ocean views at every turn.

But of all of St. Lucia’s natural brilliance, the 2 peaks around the island’s southwestern coast, called the Pitons, are the most recognizable landmarks. Close to the beachside town of Soufriere is your pair — both the Gros and Petit Pitons. They sit atop an active field. Nearby, the dove Soufriere Volcano siphoned out black sulfur-rich water from its cracks and emits a powerful odor. But the Pitons are not active. In fact, they are home to dozens of reptile, bird and amphibian species. They may be seen for miles off and create the perfect backdrop. In 2004 that the Pitons were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to dense vegetation and their distinctive form.

Most people opt to admire the 2 peaks from under because of the intense nature of the climb to the top, although it is possible to scale up the Gros Piton. For centuries seafarers have been provided a landmark by the Pitons. That the Pitons are the most photographed landscape around the island and the country’s treasured symbol. They’re inarguably St. Lucia’s crown jewels and therefore are a can’t-miss for anyone considering travel to the Caribbean.

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

View of Gros Piton from Sugar Beach

Petit Piton from Soufriere Beach

View of the Pitons in our Cottage 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

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

Caribbean Sea Panorama

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The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)