Best time to go to Saint Lucia – Your Ultimate Guide

Best time to go to Saint Lucia – Your Ultimate Guide

Best time to goThe best time to go to Saint Lucia is between the months of December through to May. It’s driest and less humid then. May is a very good month to travel to the region as the weather is still warm and sunny with prices tending to drop for many resorts and villas.

As Saint Lucia is a mountainous island, it is prone to more rain compared to some other island’s such as Barbados but don’t let this sway your decision as the weather is still very tropical.

Hurricane season usually commences over the summer months right through to November with storms most likely between September and October.

Prices increase during the drier and sunnier months to meet the demand of tourism. 

 

Well, let’s get to know Saint Lucia a little better!

Useful Information

Saint Lucia is a small island located just south of Martinique and north-west of Barbados with a length of 27 miles long and 14 miles wide.

It has beaches that line the entirety of the coast, with powdery golden sand in the north and silvery sand in the south due to the location of the island’s volcano made up of two volcanic spires, the majestic Pitons, Gros Piton and Petit Piton.

The island has plunging valleys and rising peaks surrounded by lush rain forest that lead to the Pitons, one of the island’s most scenic attractions.

Capital CityCapital City: Castries

 

Currency usedCurrency used in Saint Lucia: Eastern Caribbean Dollar is widely used, however, most establishments will accept the US Dollar although change will be given back in Eastern Caribbean dollars.

 

AirportsAirports in Saint Lucia: Hewanorra International Airport | George F. L Charles Airport

 

Visa and entry requirementsVisa & Entry Requirements: You must have a valid Passport for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of exit of Saint Lucia. Most countries don’t require a Visa. You can check out any further requirements here.

Average TemperatureAverage temperature in Saint Lucia: November is the hottest month at around 29C (83F) and coolest in January at around 26C (79F)

Average temperature in Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island with a mountainous landscape blanketed with greenery nestled in the eastern coast of the Caribbean.

Nicknamed ‘The Helen of the West’, Saint Lucia is one of the most beautiful and magnificent places to visit, not just in the Caribbean but in the world.

When you go to Saint Lucia, adventure through the thick rain forests, drive up and around the island’s volcano or simply relax and sunbathe on the incredible golden beaches.

Saint Lucia is a place for everyone whether you are travelling for a romantic honeymoon or a family getaway.

The island caters for all and will surely leave you with a feeling that deserves another trip back.

 

Now, you must check out some of these fantastic things to do when your here!

What to do in Saint Lucia

Take a shore excursion when you go to Saint Lucia

Enjoy an invigorating speed boat adventure when you go to Saint Lucia

Try out deep Sea Fishing when you go to Saint Lucia

Dive under and snorkel around beautiful fish when you go to Saint Lucia

Hike the Gros Pitons when you go to Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia hold some of these incredible festivals!

Culture & Festivities

The people of Saint Lucia are engagingly warm and very friendly. There is a blend of African, French and English heritage with English being the main language. People there enjoy many festivities throughout the year celebrating their culture, historic past and it is reflected in their arts, crafts and general way of life today.

Two main traditional festivities enjoyed through the year are ‘La Woz’ (The Rose) which is held on 30th August & La Magwit (The Marguerite) which is held on 17th October.

Other festivals that can be enjoyed during your holiday to Saint Lucia are:

Festival of Lights and Renewal

The Festival of light marks the start of the Christmas season and celebrated on 13th December. It is associated with the patron saint of light, Saint Lucia. Here people set up and hang lanterns from their homes all over the island, so you will see the streets lit up as Christmas songs and dances are performed throughout the day.

Carnival

Visit the Saint Lucia Carnival when you go to Saint Lucia

The Saint Lucia Carnival is something really to behold and enjoy. This festival runs over June and July and will surely make you feel young again with the upbeat music, dancing and a range of food and drink to choose from. Saint Lucia comes to life as steel drummers and bands play all over the island.

You will be able to attend many street and beach parties so you can dance the night away from sunrise to sunset. There is also many activities for children to take part in and win certain prizes.

It is said that this is best time to go to Saint Lucia to celebrate the Carnival.

Jounen Kweyol

Jounen Kweyol or otherwise known as Creole Day takes place on the last Sunday of every October. It is an important date that pays homage to the island’s rich heritage where you can discover the history of Saint Lucia enjoying the local cuisine and drink. Festivities are held throughout the day with music being an integral part of it, you can hear songs being sung in the Creole language with traditional tambos (drums) being played.

Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival

Visit the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival when you go to Saint Lucia

Held between 6th -13th May, this festival celebrates Saint Lucian, Caribbean and international jazz music. Events are held all over the country, most are free to attend but some you have to pay for. You can prebook tickets here http://www.stlucia.org/jazzfes…

ARC

ARC or Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is an event held were dozens of yachts compete in a rally across the Atlantic ocean starting at Gran Canaria and finishing at Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia. Yachts usually set off towards the end of November and complete their journey around the 2nd week of December.

 

A getaway to Saint Lucia is nothing without visiting some of these beautiful beaches!

Best Beaches in Saint Lucia

Visit the beautiful beaches when you go to Saint Lucia

A holiday to Saint Lucia should consist of visiting the many beautiful beaches this island has to offer. These spectacular scenic views will surely make you feel that paradise is real.

The best time to go to Saint Lucia’s beaches are early in the morning, you will be able to avoid the large crowds and set up your own spot for the day, or, if you wish to arrive later, come at sunset and watch the orange sun disappear beyond the horizon.

Sugar Beach

Explore the beautiful Sugar beach when you go to Saint Lucia

This beach is located perfectly between the Piton Mountains. With its crystal like sand, perfect blue water and picturesque scenery, this is a must see beach. Some of the beach is owned by the Sugar Beach Resort but most of it is open to the public. It is located just south of Soufriere on the west coast of the island.

Marigot Bay

Visit Marigot Bay when you go to Saint Lucia

Located on the western side of the island, Marigot Bay which is made up of smaller beaches is another sight to behold. It is one of the more popular beaches on the island due to it making appearances in many Hollywood films. As a result it can get crowded at times but there are certain spots that are secluded where you can relax, soak up the sun and enjoy the beautiful waters.

Grande Anse

Visit Grande Anse beach when you go to Saint Lucia

Grand Anse is one of the more quiet beaches on the island, it boasts beautiful scenery surrounded by Saint Lucia’s mountainous eastern landscape. It is far away from the tourist hot spots and is perfect for a romantic stroll. Leatherback turtles can also be seen at this beach, away from all the hustle of the towns, they come here to lay their eggs and is very special to see.

Pigeon Island National Park

Explore the beach at Pigeon Island National Park when you go to Saint Lucia

This beach is located on the northern end of the island that is part of the Pigeon Island National Park. There is a lot to do here for both couples and families. You can take to the water and fulfil your day with any water sports available here, visit the museum or even climb to the top of Fort Rodney to obtain a picturesque view of the neighbouring island Martinique.

Reduit

Take a trip to Reduit beach when you go to Saint Lucia

Reduit is a very popular beach that is perfect for sunbathing or swimming. Many cruise ships anchor off here due to the sheer beauty around them. The beach has a number of vendors that rent out water sports equipment along with cafes and restaurants so you can get a bite to eat and have a beer in the sun.

La Toc

Visit La Toc Beach when you go to Saint Lucia

Located in Castries, the capital of Saint Lucia. This is one of the most secluded beaches on the island that can be accessed through the Sandals Resort. White powdery sand and beautiful turquoise water make this beach a perfect spot for relaxation and recharging the batteries. If you are to visit any beach on Saint Lucia, make La Toc one on your list.

Anse Chastanet

Travel to Anse Chastanet beach when you go to Saint Lucia

Anse Chastanet is located in the Saint Lucia Marine reserves based around the volcano on the island. This is very evident of the black sand here. The coral reef on this beach is something to be explored allowing you to see all manner of colorful fish. Scuba equipment can be rented from a scuba shop at the south end of the beach, along with guided boat scuba trips.

Where to stay and relax in luxury

Saint Lucia has many popular all-inclusive resorts, villas and chateaux for you to stay and relax in. Your own Saint Lucia getaway should be a time of relaxation and having your every need catered for. Most resorts or villas certainly deliver upon this and it will only help to improve your stay when holidaying on this beautiful island.

All-inclusive resorts

Sandals have 3 beautiful all-inclusive resorts on the island of Saint Lucia. 2 are based in the capital of Castries whilst the 3rd is based in Gros-Islet, each one having its own characteristics. With Sandals exclusive Play at 3 Program it allows you to travel to each resort with round-trip transportation included meaning you will be able to gain access to the following amenities within these world class resorts.

Sandals Grande St.Lucian
Sandals

  • Set on it’s own beautiful peninsula
  • Oceanfront Suites
  • Romantic Fire pits
  • The Over-The-Water-Bungalows
  • Top-tier suites include butler service
  • 6 full service bars
  • Unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks
  • 5 pools and 4 whirlpools
  • Unlimited land and water sports
  • Complimentary scuba diving
  • Red Lane Spa
  • 9-hole golf course
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas
  • Unlimited dining at 27 restaurants

Sandals Halcyon

  • All-new Beachfront Honeymoon Butler Suite
  • 7 full service bars including a piano bar
  • Unlimited premium spirits
  • Unlimited Robert Mondavi wines
  • 2 pools and 3 whirlpools
  • Complimentary scuba diving
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas
  • Unlimited fine dining at 27 restaurants
  • Full equipped fitness centre

Sandals Regency La Toc

  • Set on its own 210 acre estate along a half mile beach
  • Oceanfront Suites
  • Top-tier suites include butler service
  • Private enclave of the Sunset Bluff Village
  • 9-hole gold course on property
  • Red Lane Spa
  • Fine dining at 27 restaurants
  • 8 full service bars
  • Unlimited premium spirits
  • Unlimited Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks
  • 3 pools and 4 whirlpools
  • Unlimited land and water sports
  • Complimentary Scuba diving
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas

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Luxury Villas & Chateaux

Oliver’s Travels has a number of villas and chateaux available that cater from perfect couples getaways to big family holidays. They have exceptional homes with picturesque views that will surely make your trip away an unforgettable experience.

Oliver’s Travels have homes that will comfortably sleep between 2 to 50 people depending on the home chosen of course. They are always at your service, if you need to organise car hire, transfers, catering or local activities you can do so through their Free Concierge Service.

Planning a wedding abroad? Oliver’s Travels has bespoke chateaux and stately homes that will deliver the romantic fairy tale wedding you desire. Their own dedicated wedding consultant will work through the logistics with you and make sure that every aspect is covered to ease the stress of all the planning.

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Be sure to take a visit to some of these restaurants once you’re here!

Where to dine

Saint Lucia has many tasty places to dine in spectacular and romantic locations, this is one of their single most memorable features. Throughout the island, there are lots of places to sample Caribbean food and Creole. Fish is all caught locally and can be enjoyed that very day. There are many cuisines to try that will cater for everybody and make sure to get your mouth watering.

On the North side of the island you can dine at:

  • The Cliff at Cap (Caribbean, Seafood, European)
  • Big Chef Steakhouse (Steakhouse, European, Vegetarian Friendly)
  • Spinnakers Restaurant & Beach bar (American, Caribbean, Seafood, Bar)
  • Matthews Rooftop Restaurant (Caribbean, International, Grill, Seafood)

On the East side of the island you can dine at:

  • East Point Grill (Caribbean, Barbecue, Bar)

On the South side of the island you can dine at:

  • Island Breeze Bar & Grill (Caribbean, Bar, Seafood)
  • Kitch’s Beach Bar (Bar & Grill)

One the West side of the island you can dine at:

  • Boucan (Caribbean, European, International, Contemporary)
  • The Coal Pot Restaurant (Caribbean, Seafood, Soups)

Brief History

For 150 years, the French and English battled to claim the island of Saint Lucia as their own. Possession switched between colonies 14 times until England seized control of it in 1814. The people of Saint Lucia eventually claimed their independence in 1979. Sugar plantations were set up all over the island and worked enslaved Africans until the Britain abolished slavery in 1834. You can still visit some of these plantations and take tours of the history behind it all by visiting http://www.islandroutes.com/ca…

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