When to Visit St. Lucia

by SmarterTravel Staff

St. Lucia is a year-round destination. However, mid-December through mid-April is the most popular time to visit, especially for people from cold climates. Visitors who don't mind braving the summer rainy season will find lower hotel rates and fewer crowds.

  • high season: mid-December to early April
  • low season: mid-April to early December

Visitation also peaks in July when Carnival is celebrated.

Weather Information

St. Lucia enjoys a moderate, warm climate throughout the year; however, higher humidity and more rainfall is common from June through December. August receives the most rain, but is also one of the warmest months. Hurricane season runs from June through November, but a touchdown is rare. January through June is the driest period, with average high temperatures of 84 degrees and plenty of sunshine, and is generally considered the most pleasant time to visit.

Crowd Information

St. Lucia usually doesn't get very crowded, even in the peak of high season when the island is full of visitors. However, several annual events attract big crowds, including the St. Lucia Jazz in the beginning of May, Carnival in June and July, the St. Lucia International Billfish Tournament in September, and the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers transatlantic yacht race in December.

Closure Information

Most venues, hotels, and shops remain open year-round; however, a few properties may temporarily close for renovations from August through October.

When to Save

Despite higher airfare due to fewer flights, the summers are the best time to visit on a budget. Hotels heavily discount their rates and offer reduced-rate packages due to the low visitor levels. Prices in the winter escalate to compensate for the lag in summer tourism.

When to Book

Book three months in advance for winter vacations. The best prices on airfare, hotel, and car-rentals are offered between late August and October.

Information provided by the St. Lucia Tourist Board.

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