A practical guide to St Lucia
National holidays and celebrations
St Lucians observe religious holidays and national celebrations throughout the year. To plan your holiday around a particular event, speak to one of our travel advisers about the best times to visit.
Religious public holidays
- New Year's Day: 1st and 2nd January. St Lucians celebrate a two-day national holiday.
- Good Friday: Between late March and April.
- Easter Monday: Monday after Good Friday.
- Whit Monday/ Pentecost: 50th day after Easter Sunday.
- Corpus Christi: June: Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and his apostles.
- Emancipation Day: 1st August. Enslaved ancestors revolted against the British Empire to achieve freedom.
- Christmas Day and Boxing Day: 25th and 26th December.
- Boxing Day: Like in all other Commonwealth nations, the originally British Boxing Day holiday falling one day after Christmas.
Non-religious public holidays in St Lucia
- Independence Day: 22nd February. Liberation from British rule back in 1979.
- Labour Day: 1st May. Celebrates the accomplishments of labourers.
- Thanksgiving Day: Second Monday of October.
- National Day: Commemorates the nationhood of St Lucia with parades and rallies.
Other special celebrations throughout the year include:
- St Lucia Jazz Festival: May.
- St Lucian Carnival: July.
The national currency in St Lucia is the East Caribbean dollar (EC$). US dollars are also accepted by some cab drivers and larger hotels and resorts.
- For the best rates, take British pounds and exchange on arrival at local banks or exchange bureaus.
- To get the most for you money, pay in Eastern Caribbean dollars rather than US dollars.
- Credit/debit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and large shops.
- ATMs accept international credit/debit cards and are accessible across the island.
- When eating out, expect a service charge of between 8 and 10 per cent to be added to the bill.
St Lucian cuisine has strong French and British influences, with many flavours borrowed from neighbouring Caribbean islands. Presentation is key for local chefs and food tends to be generously-spiced with typical Creole cuisine flavours. At most hotels and beach bars you'll also find food to suit a range of international palates.
Some of the most authentic dishes are based around Salt fish, which is served with banana, breadfruit or green figs. Other national specialties include "callaloo" (spinach soup), conch fritters, breadfruit, accra fish cakes, pepperpot stew, cassava bread and plantains. St Lucia also has plenty of delicious tropical fruits such as mangoes, papayas, coconuts, guavas, passion fruits and the exotic 'soursop'. No St Lucia holiday is complete without trying some of these local delicacies.
Vegetarians will also be pleased to find that the St Lucian diet is mainly based around starches, fruit and vegetables, whilst meat eaters are certainly not excluded and can enjoy local meaty favourites such as pork hocks, chicken back and pig tail. Popular seafood dishes include fresh lobster and stuffed crab back, as well as 'mahimahi' and 'potfish'. We find that the stalls along Anse La Raye's waterfront serve the freshest seafood.
St Lucia enjoys sunshine and warm weather all year long with daytime temperatures averaging 29°C and dropping to around 18°C at night with cooling breezes. Any time of year is good to visit although most Europeans and North Americans choose to do so in the winter time to escape freezing temperatures at home.
- The hot and humid climate is moderated by northeast trade winds, making weather conditions comfortable and offering a welcome respite from the heat.
- Due to its geographical position close to the Equator St Lucia doesn't have very well defined seasons. The hottest summer months are June through August with temperatures sometimes peaking at 35°C.
- St Lucia sees a rainy season from June to November with the driest weather seen on coastal regions.
- The dry and cooler season runs from December to June with slightly lower temperatures but still plenty of radiant sunshine.
- Like in the rest of the Caribbean, hurricane season runs from June to November in St Lucia but isn't likely to disturb your holiday as hotels are well prepared to cope with storms.
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Treat yourself to the ultimate Caribbean getaway staying on the stunning beachfront of Reduit Beach, right at the centre of everything and close to the lively strip of Rodney Bay.
- Take advantage of the on-site facilities including a spa, fitness centre and beauty salon
- Located on Reduit Beach, known for its island setting and breathtaking views
- Complimentary Hi-Speed internet access in rooms and free Wi-Fi in all public areas including the beach
Go for a Premium all-inclusive experience where children and grown-ups each have their own world of endless fun, adventure and indulgement.
- Save up to a fantastic 60%!! and the 1st Child STAYS FREE plus 50% for Christmas & New Year
- Please note hotel is closed for renovations on 1st-30th September 17
- Experience St Lucia's only water park attraction with beach, several swimming pools, waterfalls, lazy river and water slides
- Enjoy FREE $500 resort credit when staying a minimum of 7 nights to be used on tours, spa treatments, photography services and the in resort boutique
- Enjoy complimentary round trip transfers from Hewanorra International Airport
Bask upon the glorious white sands of Reduit Beach
Discover Castries' lively atmosphere, then head to your intimate luxury hideaway Sandals Halcyon Beach St. Lucia
- Dine beneath the stars at the Bayside Restaurant or enjoy complimentary golfing at the nearby Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa
- Luxury Included® - All Included, All Unlimited, All the Time with the choice of upto 27 five Star Global Gourmet™ restaurants and 7 bars
- Discover a perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation at Red Lane Spa®
- Enjoy HALF PRICE luxury accommodation plus an extra £55 off booking bonus with 'The Sandals Upto 60% off SALE’
Enjoy your stay in St Lucia's only resort with the iconic view of both Pitons mountains as they rise in splendour from the azure Caribbean Sea
- St. Lucia's only resort with the iconic view of both the Piti & Gros Piton mountains floating upon the Caribbean Sea
- A private estate of 600 lush tropical acres bordering two soft-sand Caribbean beaches with unspoiled coral reefs just offshore
- Perfect resort for travelling divers - PADI Dive Center available
Life in Rodney Bay offers stunning sunsets, an exquisite beach and bars, clubs and restaurants - Blu St Lucia is perfectly placed to enjoy all
- Only a few minutes away from the famous Rodney bay village where you can enjoy the night life of St Lucia
- Guests can choose from rooms with a private verandah or direct access to the pool. Suites have private sun decks and junior suites can connect with adjacent suites to offer family accommodation.
- Families can enjoy wonderful on-site facilities including a swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis and a Harlequin Kiddies' club. All day dining and drinks are served in the restaurant and there's an ice cream shop and a boutique.
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