Best time to go to Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia has a typically Caribbean weather pattern, with warm, dry winters and sweltering, stormy summers.
We rate late April-early June as the best time to go to Saint Lucia. You’ll miss the winter crowds and high prices – but also sneak in just before the heavy rains arrive. Thanks to its mountainous scenery, Saint Lucia has higher rainfall than other flatter Caribbean islands, though this does mean lusher vegetation – and it’s a haven for birds. Dolphins are resident throughout the year, but humpback whales migrate past the island from Jan-Apr. Leatherbacks nest from Mar-Aug – and while birders will be delighted year-round, the main breeding season is Jan-Apr.

Saint Lucia Weather Chart

 
MIN °C
MAX °C
RAIN (mm)
JAN
22
28
113
FEB
22
28
86
MAR
22
29
76
APR
23
29
96
MAY
24
30
124
JUN
24
30
182
JUL
25
30
245
AUG
24
30
216
SEP
24
30
224
OCT
24
30
269
NOV
23
29
255
DEC
23
29
149

Saint Lucia, month by month

December, January, February, March and April are high season in Saint Lucia. At this time the weather is dry and sunny, but this does mean more crowds and higher prices, so for a last minute holiday, or someone travelling on a budget, this is not the best time to visit. Rainy season is officially from June-November, but September and October are when the hurricanes are most likely to hit. July and August can be very wet – and very hot and humid, with temperatures pushing 30°C. Although you can see colourful birds year-round, including Saint Lucia’s brilliant endemics, they’ll be easier to see – and noisier – outside of theJune to November rainy season. Plus trails will be more accessible. With water temperatures between 26-28°C and an average of 20m visibility, diving is great all year. But speak to your diving operator to find out information about when specific species are present, such as manta rays, sea turtles – and when you can witness spawning coral, a Saint Lucia special best witnessed during night dives.

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James Crockett, from our supplier Jus’ Sail, says don’t discount the hurricane season:
“My favourite season for sailing and kite surfing is the winter around Feb when the skies tend to be clearer and the breeze is constant and cooling; late Jan - late April is usually the driest part of the year. As rainfall is low, the river run off tends to be less, so visibility for diving and snorkelling is better as well. However, May-Nov you can get some very competitive prices, especially on accommodation. You stand a higher chance of rain, especially from Aug-Nov, but most days are still perfectly enjoyable. Yes, its hurricane season, but mostly a passing tropical wave will appear every couple of weeks with some heavy rain before quickly passing on over. You can be fortunate and get perfect weather in the summer, or you can have some bad luck and get some days of rain, but rarely will it ruin your trip unless you have come for a purely beach and sun holiday.”
Paul Sawyer, from our supplier and walking specialist New Experience Holidays, shares his best time to go to Saint Lucia: “It’s more a case of what time you don’t recommend people to go – and that’s the hurricane season, which is July, August, September. You can go at any other time, it’s warmer in May and June, but only by about three or four degrees. But most people go in January to March because there’s little walking anywhere else; people escape the winter and they go to the Caribbean.”

Festivals & events in Saint Lucia

Did you know about?

The Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival
This ten-day festival takes place early each May to showcase homegrown talent as well as artists from across the globe. While the main stage is located on the gorgeous Pigeon Island, other events take place around Saint Lucia and these fringe events encompass a variety of musical styles from Kweyol folk to flamenco and reggae.
Written by Vicki Brown
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