When is the best time to visit Saint Lucia?
The best time to visit Saint Lucia is between February and May, when the weather is driest. Temperatures are pleasantly warm year-round, with average highs ranging from 28°C to 32°C at sea level, though it can be significantly cooler up in the mountains. The average hours of sunshine don’t vary too much throughout the year.
Rainfall is heavier from June to January, but it usually comes down in brief, heavy bursts. The official hurricane season is July to November, and although the risk of hurricanes are very small, there are also tropical storms in the Caribbean region in this period.
Sarah, Hidden Beaches Specialist
April and May are often great times to visit as prices are much lower than earlier in the year but the weather is still very similar.
Month-by-month guide to travelling in Saint Lucia
Visiting Saint Lucia in January
January has an average high of 28°C. Although there are rainy days, it is much drier than in the summer, with brief, tropical showers giving way to sunshine for the rest of the day. It is a popular month for people seeking some winter sun and we recommend booking in advance.
Visiting Saint Lucia in February - March
These are the driest months and also the most popular time to travel so we recommend booking well in advance.
Visiting Saint Lucia in April - May
These can be great months for travel as prices are lower and rainfall is usually only very slightly heavier than February to March.
Events & Festivals
- Jazz and Arts Festival (end of April to beginning of May): The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival showcases a mix of both local and international musicians.
Visiting Saint Lucia in June - November
Attractive offers make prices a fraction of those offered during the high season. Although rainfall is at its highest point of the year, this usually consists of relatively short but heavy tropical showers, and there are still plenty of sunshine hours. The rainfall also means that the island landscape becomes more lush and green. The official hurricane season falls between July and November; although the risk of hurricanes are very small, you might encounter tropical storms.
Events & Festivals
- Carnival (July): Taking place over several days each year, Carnival brings calypso music and colourful costumes to the streets, finishing with a mardi-gras style party on Carnival Tuesday.
- Creole Heritage Event: (October): The island celebrates its Creole heritage and language with a number of different events, including demonstrations of traditional crafts, creole cooking and music.
Visiting Saint Lucia in December
December is a little drier. The island has regained its lush and colourful vegetation after the rain. Christmas is a very popular time to visit, with many people booking a year or more in advance.
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