Best time to visit: January, February, March, April, May, June
Average high: 30˚C
Average low: 25˚C
Price of meals: 2/5
Holiday type: Adventure / Beach / Culture / Romantic
St Lucia falls outside of the top 10 Caribbean Islands in terms of both size and population, yet both serve to improve the diverse and mountainous island as a paradise getaway.
The most striking landmark on St Lucia are the jagged twin mountains: The Pitons. Hiking these mountains is the best way to get a 360-degree view of the island and spy the numerous birds and wildlife that nest among the thick jungle. However, the best photos are with the Pitons in the frame, taken from the other side of the delightful, welcoming, and colourful fishing village of Soufrière.
There is arguably even more to see below the waves. The surrounding ocean is full of marine life. Humpbacks migrate past the island January to April, Leatherback Turtles from March to August, and dolphins and tropical fish are present throughout the year. For the most spectacular viewing, dive among the coral reef of Anse Chastanet.
Another exciting gem is the Sulphur Springs, which is billed as the world’s only “drive-in” volcano, making access incredibly easy. You can admire the crater from up close and even take a dip in a hot mud bath. Just remember to pinch your nose as the smell of rotten eggs is everywhere!
Adventurous types will not only look forward to the typical water sports at the beaches and upon the waves, but can fly through the rainforest canopies via zipline at the Treetop Adventure Park, ride through the jungle by bike, or kayak the fabulous bays and coves.
While St Lucia is more relaxed in terms of party atmosphere, it has its own beer and rum to sample. The fishing village of Gros Islet hosts a Friday night street party with barbeque food for that quintessential Caribbean experience.
As well as luxury resorts, sandy beaches, and exciting ocean and jungle to enjoy, St Lucia also has some interesting cultural and historical spots. From the cocoa plantation on the spectacular Rabot Estate, where you can taste delicious chocolate amongst picturesque gardens, to the scenic ruins of Fort Rodney on Pigeon Island.
The sun shines consistently throughout the year, with baking temperatures averaging 27˚C every month. However, because the island is more mountainous than some other Caribbean islands, it also experiences much more rainfall during the wet season (mid-to-late June until mid-December). Hurricane season falls in the middle, in September and October. Fortunately, the high rainfall means the island is lush with vegetation and a paradise for wildlife. Winter months are the most reliable to avoid rain but are peak tourist season. If you want to avoid the winter crowds and the summer rains, consider travelling in April or May.
Despite being a British Commonwealth country and a popular luxury destination for its reliable, tropical weather and gorgeous resorts, meals on St Lucia are relatively cheap. A meal for one will only cost £3.50-£4, while a meal for two averages just £22 for three courses each. Domestic beer is less than £2 per bottle, while imported beer is only slightly more expensive at approximately £2.30. Coffee is only slightly more expensive at £2.30-£3.45. A bottle of water should not exceed 60p and can often be found for half that price.
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