The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

I chose St. Lucia as my honeymoon destination for many reasons, but most importantly because the island is well regarded as among the Caribbean’s most beautiful gems. It’s covered in lush vegetation, dotted with quaint cities and features miles of pristine shoreline, complete with sprawling ocean views at every turn.

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

But of all of St. Lucia’s natural brilliance, the two peaks on the island’s southwestern shore, known as the Pitons, are the most identifiable landmarks. Near the beachside town of Soufriere is the pair — the Gros and Petit Pitons. They sit underneath an active field. Nearby, the Soufriere Volcano spews black sulfur-rich water out of its cracks out and emits a powerful odor. But the Pitons aren’t active. In actuality, they’re home to piles of reptile, bird and amphibian species. They can be seen for miles apart and make the perfect backdrop to a day in the shore. In 2004 the Pitons were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of plant and their shape.

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

Most visitors elect to respect the two peaks from under due to the nature of the rise to the very top, although it is likely to scale the Gros Piton. For centuries the Pitons have provided seafarers a different landmark. Now, the Pitons are the country’s beloved symbol and the landscape on the island. They are inarguably St. Lucia’s crown jewels and are a can’t-miss for anyone thinking about traveling to the Caribbean.

View of Gros Piton from Sugar Beach

Petit Piton from Soufriere Beach

View of the Pitons from our cabin at Crystals Honeymoon Hotel

Close up of the Pitons of St. Lucia

The Pitons of St. Lucia from the Sky

Shot taken from our Catamaran

Sugar Beach Panorama

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

Caribbean Sea Panorama

The Pitons of St. Lucia (Photo Essay)

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