Best Time to Visit St. Lucia

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit St. Lucia. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Castries. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit St. Lucia for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 22 °C to 30 °C
Waves Symbol 27 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 3.8212.24 in (11 – 20 Days of Rain)
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General & Geography

St. Lucia (engl.: Saint Lucia) is an island state of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. For a long time the island was under colonial rule of the British crown; it was not until 1966 that Saint Lucia was granted the status of an autonomous state. The country has been an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations since 1979.

The head of state is thus British Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a local governor general. Even today, the official language is English, which makes it very easy for tourists to communicate in St. Lucia.

The area of the Caribbean state is only about 380 square miles, which is home to about 170,000 people. Castries on the northwest coast is the capital of Saint Lucia.

Castries is home to an important port for exports such as bananas, sugar cane, rum, tropical fruits and cocoa as well as George F. L. Charles Airport for intra-Caribbean flights.

Tourists from Europe usually land at the larger Saint Lucia Airport Hewanorra International in the south of the island. This is served by Air Canada, American Airlines and British Airways via London, among others.

The flight time without a stopover is about 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can also arrive by express ferry or fast catamaran via the neighbouring islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Dominica.

Climate of Saint Lucia

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' St. Lucia has a humid tropical climate with regional differences, mainly due to the large lava fields and mountain ranges in the interior of the island. The generally rather hot climate is cooled somewhat by the northeastern trade wind, so that the temperatures are usually bearable.

The elevations, above all Mount Gimmie with a height of 960 metres and the volcanic mountain cones Gros Piton and Petit Piton, ensure that cloud formations can rain down on Saint Lucia all year round. Nevertheless, a dry season and a rainy season on the island can also be statistically documented:

Especially between June and November, there is significantly increased rainfall on St. Lucia, even if it is usually only a short and heavy tropical shower. This warmer rainy season largely coincides with the hurricane season in the Caribbean and has a noticeably higher humidity level.

Best Time to Visit St. Lucia: Overview

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When is the best time to travel on St. Lucia?


In general, Saint Lucia is suitable for a holiday all year round, with some restrictions, although the rainy season and hurricane season can be quite unsettled. For bathing holidays and outdoor activities such as trekking or water sports, however, the dry season is particularly suitable.

The best time to visit Saint Lucia is therefore from mid-December to mid-May. January, February and March are particularly attractive. However, this is also the absolute high season with correspondingly high prices and visitor numbers on the island.

Attractive discounts will be available from around mid-April onwards in the off-season, and May is generally still a very good time to travel to St Lucia. From the middle of May, however, the beginning of the rainy season is usually clearly noticeable, the humidity rises and strong showers occur on many days.

Climate Chart St. Lucia

Castries

Climate Chart Castries
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table St. Lucia

In the following, you will find the climate table for St. Lucia, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Castries (St. Lucia)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature28°28°28°29°30°30°30°30°30°30°29°28°
Night Temperature22°22°22°23°24°24°24°24°24°23°23°22°
Water Temperature27°27°27°27°28°28°28°29°29°29°28°28°
Precipitation (inch)5.23.943.824.455.637.7610.8310.1210.1612.2411.56.73
Rainy days171212111518201919171818
Hours of Sunshine888888888788
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Castries is 26.1 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: May (27 °C)
Coldest month: January (25 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Castries is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 92.36 inch on 196 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, July, August, September, October, and November
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 62.6 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Castries.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.9 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights of Saint Lucia


The biggest attraction of the Caribbean island St. Lucia is above all its unique natural scenery with breathtaking mountain panoramas, lush rain forests and romantic bathing bays. The landmarks of Saint Lucia are the 800 meter high Twin Pitons near the Jalousie Plantation harbour.

The capital Castries is one of the most beautiful spots of the whole Caribbean, especially the beautiful harbour is always worth a visit. The ruins of the old fort at Morne Fortune offer a breathtaking view. In the city centre itself, many colonial buildings fell victim to a great fire in 1948. The preserved buildings around Derek Walcott Square still provide a good insight.

The Jump Up Street Party in the fishing village Gros Islet takes place every Friday, where local delicacies and a lot of Caribbean joie de vivre await. In Anse La Raye the BBQ night lures on the same day with live music and delicious fish dishes. Also a visit to Marigot Bay should not be missing on a Saint Lucia trip as much as a mud bath in the sulphur springs near Soufrière.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Castries (Station Sans Souci)
scattered clouds     scattered clouds, 25.1 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 11 mph OSO
Air Pressure: 1017 hPa       Humidity: 88 %
Last updated: 19th Dec 2018, 01:00 pm
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Caribbean: Regions

St. Lucia is part of the holiday destination Caribbean. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

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