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  • Hannah Stratton

    If you’re after a classically sun-soaked Caribbean hol, the best time to visit St Lucia is between December and April. But, seeing as we’re talking about St Lucia – you know, picture-perfect, sand-smothered, always-sunny St Lucia – we have to start with a caveat. There isn’t really a bad time to visit the island, which is why we offer holidays to St Lucia all year round. Temps hover in the high 20s from January all the way round to December.

    We’ve managed to narrow it down a bit for you, though. Take a look at our guide, and find out when you should be jetting off to St Lucia…

    Once you’ve picked your date, check out our best St Lucia deals

    Best time for rain haters

    St Lucia’s rainy season runs from June to November. But, we wouldn’t let that dampen your holiday spirits. The temp still sits in the high 20s, and the rain tends to come in short, warm bursts. If you’re keen to leave all the showers back in Blighty, though, St Lucia’s at its driest between February and May.

    Get more clued up on the weather with our St Lucia travel tips

    St Lucia beach

    Best time for music fanatics

    If you’re all about the tunes, visit St Lucia in April or May. Why? This is when the internationally renowned St Lucia Jazz festival cranks up the volume. Although the focus is on Jazz, the festival’s a celebration of loads of different types of music, including soul, reggae and soca. You’ll find events taking place all over, but the main event’s on Pigeon Island. A massive concert rounds off the proceedings.

    See more top things to do in St Lucia

    St Lucia Jazz festival

    Best time for nature lovers

    Fancy a green getaway? Then St Lucia between June and November is ideal for you. There’s a little more rainfall in these months, which means the island – which is green-tinted anyway – goes extra emerald. St Lucia might be known for its beaut beaches, but 77 per cent of its surface is blanketed by rainforest, and during these months they’re especially impressive. Hiking trails criss-cross through the forests, so you can get a close-up look.

    Read more about holidays to Smugglers Cove – home to Pigeon Island National Park

    Mountain in St Lucia

    Best time for whale and dolphin watchers

    The prime time to spot whales in St Lucia is between October and February, when these gentle giants head for the warm waters of St Lucia to escape the Arctic chill. Book yourself a boat tour, and you could get up-close-and-personal with humpback whales, sperm whales and pilot whales. Plus, dolphins frolic in the sea around the island throughout the year.

    Holidaying with the kids? Here are all of our St Lucia family breaks

    wild dolphin in St Lucia

    Best time for party animals

    July in St Lucia’s the peak time for party people because Carnival takes over the island for a chunk of the month. Think calypso music and colourful costumes, all rounded off by a massive parade through the streets of the island’s capital, Castries. What’s more, fishing village Gros Islet turns into a nightlife hub every Friday, at the Jump Up street party. This is on all year round, so you can get your after-dark fix no matter when you visit.

    Best for street parties? Check out our Rodney Bay holidays

    Rodney Bay, St Lucia

    Best time for foodies

    January’s the best time to book your St Lucia holiday if you’re a food fan. This is the time that the annual St Lucia Food & Rum Festival takes over the island for three days, celebrating the best in colourful Caribbean flavours. Events like street food markets fill the bill, ideal for taking in the sights and smells, and most importantly, the tastes of St Lucia.

    Ready for Creole grub? You’ll love Castries market in Corinth, too

    Castries market in Corinth, St Lucia

    Decided when you’ll be winging your way to St Lucia? Get your hol booked today. Or, have a browse of some more getaway deals. Plus, find out why we think a Mauritius holiday would be right up your street.

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