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…
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.
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 – in 2018, the date’s in the diary for May 18th.
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 percent of its surface is blanketed by rainforest, and during these months they’re especially impressive. Hiking trails criss-cross through the forest so you can get a close-up look.
Best time for whale 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.
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 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.