|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 12% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||August||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 764||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 736||From Toronto to Castries|
C$ 568 - C$ 1872
29 - 32 °C
57 - 237 mm
Just 43km long and 22.5km wide, enviably green and dense, St. Lucia is a picture-perfect island. Tempting as it might be to take cheap flights to St. Lucia and spend all your vacation on the beach, you’d miss a lot of what the island has to offer.
This Caribbean gem – one of the Windward Islands – was fought over by the British and the French for years. Many St. Lucians are descended from African slaves and East Indian servants. The result is an English island in terms of education, politics (St. Lucia is a member of the British Commonwealth) and the legal system and French in terms of food and music.
The rainforest covers the interior of the island so most of the population reside in the low-lying parts of the island or on the hillsides. Most of the resorts are situated near Castries, the capital, and Soufriere, the former French capital, that sits at the foot of the mighty Piton Mountains.
One landmark makes St. Lucia unique – the drive-in Volcano in Soufriere. You’ll know you’re close when you catch the smell of sulphur, very like rotten eggs. St. Lucians bathe in the waters, believing them to have therapeutic qualities.
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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.
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.
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).