Its consistently warm-to-mild temperatures and lack of a harsh winter means there’s never really a bad time to visit St Lucia. In fact, there are only two seasons — dry and rainy – but even the threat of a torrential downpour can’t stop the island’s laid-back vibe.

It's also known for a good party, and you’ll find plenty of that during the Carnival season in July. (Those hoping to laze the days away might prefer a visit between mid-April and June.) No matter your travel style or budget, St Lucia is ready to welcome you to its shores. Here’s what to expect throughout the year.

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Hiker in a red hat standing at lookout facing Gros Piton
Planning a hiking trip? St Lucia's high season is your best bet ©Justin Foulkes/Lonely Planet

High Season: December to mid-April 

Best time for hikers 

The weather is a lot cooler during these months — particularly December, January and February — but it’s still sunny, making it ideal for hikers hoping to avoid the sweltering heat. However, this period also sees a high influx of visitors hoping to escape cold-weather countries, which means low availability and pricier flights and accommodations. 

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Low Season: June to November  

Best time for traveling on a budget 

It’s no surprise that St Lucia's low season coincides with its wet season. Rainfall is high, and residents are officially on Atlantic hurricane watch. But budget travelers will find this stretch favorable, as airlines and hotels offer deep discounts on fares and room rates. 

Three men on horseback at Cas En Bas beach, in St Lucia, on a beautiful afternoon
Shoulder season is best for beachgoers ©jaminwell/Getty Images

Shoulder Season: mid-April to June  

Best time for beachgoers 

This is the sweet spot for travelers looking for a lazy beach day. Not only are the water temperatures warmer for swimming, but it’s also a low-activity period on the island, which means less crowded beaches. You might also be able to snag deals on accommodations and airfare, as prices start to drop en route to the rainy season. 

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January

The island is teeming with tourists ringing in the New Year in the tropics. Celebrate like a Lucian at Assou Square, the two-to-three-day family festival featuring games, rides and local entertainment. St Lucia’s two Nobel laureates, Sir Arthur Lewis and Sir Derek Walcott, are a source of immense pride for locals, and their contributions to their respective fields of economics and literature are honored with a slew of activities during Nobel Laureate Week.
Key events: Assou Square, Nobel Laureate Week.

February 

St Lucia’s independence from British rule on February 22nd, 1979, is marked by parades and celebratory events island-wide. 
Key events: Independence Day.  

March 

This is the last month of the peak season for travel, and while there are no marquee events, Friday night mainstays like the Gros Islet Jump Up and Anse La Raye Fish Fry are always lively, and flush with flavorful barbecue and freshly caught seafood. 

A rainbow over lush verdant rainforest near Belvedere, St Lucia
The crowds of tourists in St Lucia thin out starting in April ©Holger Leue/Getty Images

April

Tourist crowds are lessening and prices have dropped, which makes it a great time for a chill getaway. It’s also a time of reflection, as locals celebrate Easter. There aren’t any major activities of note, so you can take your time visiting the island’s premier attractions at leisure. 
Key events: Holy Week.

May

The island’s quietest period starts giving way to the good vibrations of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, which attracts patrons worldwide. Past performers have included Carlos Santana, Lauryn Hill and John Legend. 
Key events: Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. 

June

The rainy season begins, but this is still a great time to visit. Toward the end of the month, the first signs of the island’s biggest party, Carnival, start emerging with small events popping up in various communities. 
Key events: Fisherman’s Feast (Fête Pêche). 

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July

Party people, this is your time. Carnival season is in full swing, and lots of related events – like the Queen Show and Calypso competition – are peppered throughout the month leading up to the main festival. 
Key events: Saint Lucia Carnival. 

View along Jalousie Beach at sunset with a water taxi in the foreground, Soufriere, St Lucia
Sailing season begins in November ©Getty Images

August 

St Lucia’s history of world-class cocoa production is explored during an entire month dedicated to chocolate lovers. Visitors can indulge in chocolate heritage tours, spa treatments and classes. 
Key events: La Rose Flower Festival, Mercury Fest, Chocolate Heritage Month, Saint Lucia Roots and Soul Festival. 

September 

Discover the island’s subaqueous secrets during St Lucia’s dive and adventure week. 
Key events: Wellness Music Festival, Saint Lucia Dive & Adventure Week, St Lucia Dive Fest.

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October

St Lucia’s heritage is the focus throughout the month, as the country pays homage to its French and African cultural influences. The highlight is Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day), a day of traditional activities and authentic St Lucian food. 
Key events: La Marguerite Flower Festival (Fête La Marguerite), Creole Heritage Month, Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day). 

November

The final month of the island’s wet period ushers in sailing season, as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers – a transatlantic competition for racer and cruiser yachts – makes its annual stop in St Lucia. 
Key events: Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, Mango Bowl Regatta.

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December 

The rainy season has ended, which means more tourist traffic to the island. Availability of accommodations is low, so plan ahead to secure your room at St Lucia's multiple luxury and boutique resorts. 
Key events: National Day, Festival of Lights, Caribbean Equine Cultural Festival, New Year’s Eve.

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