St Lucia climate
St Lucia is tropical and lovely all year long. Temperatures average 27 C and mild trade winds keep the humidity at a comfortable level. December and January are the coolest months, while June through August are the hottest. The hurricane season lasts from June to November. January to April is the dry season while the rainy season lasts from May to August.
When to fly to St Lucia
Mid-December to mid-April is the high season. The hurricane season has ended, rain fall is negligible and the weather is warm.
June through November are the off-season months. This is hurricane season in the Caribbean. Rain fall and humidity levels are high, but the crowds and prices for flights and accommodation are lower. Some hoteliers and restaurateurs close for a couple of months or renovate during the low season so it's important to do your research before booking flights.
Carnival is held in June/July so if you are planning to take cheap flights to St. Lucia around this time, shop around to get the best deal. The carnival features calypso competitions, steel pan contests and the Carnival Queen competition.
Getting around St Lucia
Once visitors have stepped off their cheap flights to St. Lucia, there are several ways of getting around. Renting a car is an option. You'll be navigating some narrow and winding roads - on the left side of the road too. There are several rental companies and the daily cost hovers around the $60 mark. A temporary permit is required to drive on the island; this can be purchased via the rental company, local police or immigration desks at the airports. Travellers with an international driving licence won't need a permit, but you will need to have your licence stamped.
Several companies offer van tours to the tourist attractions. Taking a minibus is a great way to experience island life. The timetable varies by route.
Or, you can take to the water - by yacht, catamaran or sailboat - to the volcano and nearby botanical gardens.
Perhaps the most memorable way of seeing St. Lucia's sights is from the deck of the Brig Unicorn, the 43.5-metre-tall ship that "starred" in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The majestic ship glides from the Rodney Bay Marina to Soufriere (and on to the Botanical Gardens and Sulphur Springs or Toraille Waterfalls and Gardens and Sulphur Springs).
St Lucia insider information
- If you've taken cheap flights to St. Lucia and are there on a Friday, head to Anse La Raye or Gros Islet for the Friday Night Fish Fry.
- The Pitons can be climbed in about two hours. A bath in the nearby Sulphur Springs, a mineral-rich river, may soothe tired muscles afterwards. A bottle of the local beer, also called Piton, may also help.
- Grande Anse beach is one of the best-known leatherback turtle nesting sites in the Eastern Caribbean. There are turtle watches every Saturday between March and August, under the direction of the St. Lucia's Naturalists' Society.
- Hike through the rainforest: the Barre de l'lsle Trail, which divides the island into two, takes about three hours to complete.