Temperatures: Enjoy peak temperatures in the low-30s (°C).
Best time to visit St Lucia: Book St Lucia holiday between December and April for the best beach weather.
St Lucia’s tropical climate makes it a year-round destination for warm sunshine. Even when temperatures reach 30°C, trade winds keep things nice and breezy. Remember that hurricane season runs from June to November, so you can expect rainfall at this time of year. Don’t worry too much, as big storms are rare.
Couples: You’ll find lots of coves tucked away along the coastline, and you’ll feel a world away from anywhere when you sit back on the beach. If you want to do something fun together, why not explore the luminous coral reefs of Anse Chastanet?
Families: Of course, the kids will love spending days on the beach, but they’ll also enjoy magical experiences when they visit the world’s only drive-in volcano! Don’t forget to visit Pigeon Island; this former pirate hide-out is now a national park.
Explorers: The Pitons (two volcanic mountains) are the island’s most famous landmarks. If you’re feeling energetic, take a hike up them and soak up incredible views from the top. It’s an experience unlike any other.
Currency: East Caribbean dollar ($).
Local time: St Lucia is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Hewanorra International Airport. Transfer time to St Lucia resorts are between 1 hour and 90 minutes.
Flight time from the UK: The flight time to St Lucia is 8–9 hours.
Tourist information: Find out more about holidays in St Lucia by visiting http://stlucianow.co.uk.
Visa / health: Before your St Lucia holidays, head to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-lucia for health and visa recommendations and advice.
By taxi: Driving on St Lucia holidays is best left to experienced taxi drivers. Most drivers will offer you a guided tour of the whole island for a flat fee.
By minibus: If you want an authentic travel experience, this is the way to go. Each minibus holds around 10 people and runs between rural areas and urban centres (such as Castries), and it’s an affordable way to get around and get to know the locals.
Jazz / Arts Festival: Every year in April or May, thousands of music lovers flock to this annual event, which is ranked as the second-best festival in the Caribbean. You can expect big-name jazz artists from all over the world for a ten-day extravaganza, and there’s a real party vibe from start to finish. Beautiful Pigeon Island provides a backdrop to the main stage, with previous performers including Luther Vandross, Rihanna and Elton John.
St Lucia Carnival: Carnival season kicks off in June and runs through to mid-July. It’s all about colourful street parades and neon costumes in Castries Town. You’ll love hearing the traditional steel bands doing their thing.
For up to date advice on travelling to St Lucia, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/st-lucia/safety-and-security