Averages for St Lucia in July
The weather in St Lucia in July is very similar to that of June – high temperatures and lots of rainfall. During this month, the average temperature for the island starts off at 28°C (created by highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C) at the beginning of the month and rises up to 28.5°C (highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C) by the end of the month, making the final week of July the best time to visit if you want to experience the highest temperatures possi...
The weather in St Lucia in July is very similar to that of June – high temperatures and lots of rainfall. During this month, the average temperature for the island starts off at 28°C (created by highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C) at the beginning of the month and rises up to 28.5°C (highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C) by the end of the month, making the final week of July the best time to visit if you want to experience the highest temperatures possible.
Although it only occurs on an average of 10% of days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 31°C and drop below 24°C in St Lucia in July. The highest temperature ever recorded on the island at this time of year is 33°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded here at this time of year is 21°C.
With temperatures as hot as these, St Lucia in July is best reserved for travellers who love the sunshine and the heat. If you're not a fan of hot weather but still want to visit St Lucia, consider travelling during December, January or February instead, when temperatures are usually at their lowest. On the other hand, if you do decide to visit St Lucia in July, you'll need to pack plenty of suntan lotion, light and airy clothing and an umbrella or some waterproofs to protect you from the elements.
Throughout July, St Lucia is subject to an average of 171mm/7 inches of rainfall divided between 21 rainy days. With precipitation falling on ¾ of days during the month, chances are you'll experience a shower or two, so be prepared to spend some time inside your hotel. The possibility of rainfall occurring during this month starts off at 64% on July 1st, rises up to 65% by June 18th and drops down to 63% by July 31st. With such a miniscule difference in rainfall, there really isn't a good or bad time to visit St Lucia, in terms of rainfall, in July. The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see if you visit the island during this month are light rain (48%), thunderstorms (26%) and moderate rain (21%).
Across the month St Lucia boasts an average of eight hours of sunshine each day, alongside median cloud coverage which fluctuates between 68% (partly cloudy) at the beginning of the month and 65% (partly cloudy) by the end. Since there is hardly a difference at all in terms of cloud coverage between the start and the end of the month, it doesn't really matter at which point you visit – you'll have equally good sunbathing opportunities at the start, middle and end of the month.
The average sea temperature for St Lucia remains pleasantly warm all-year-round. In July, it's 28°C – that's the same as the two previous months – which is definitely warm enough to go swimming.
Thanks to its tropical climate, St Lucia is humid throughout the year. In July, the relative humidity for the island ranges between 68% (mildly humid) and 91% (very humid) rarely falling below 61% or reaching as high as 98% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around July 19th, when the relative humidity falls below 71% (humid) three days out of four, whilst it's often at its most humid around July 22nd, when it rises above 87% (very humid) three days out of four.
July tends to be quite a windy month for St Lucia. At this time of year, typical wind speeds vary between 4 m/s (gentle breeze) and 11 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely going above 16 m/s (high wind). The highest average wind speed of 8 m/s (fresh breeze) occurs around July 4th, when the average daily maximum is 10 m/s (fresh breeze), whilst the lowest average wind speed of 7m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around July 31st, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s (fresh breeze).
Hillstone Golf Course in St Lucia via Flickr
Where to stay
When it comes to spa hotels in St Lucia, Cap Maison is one of the best. This boutique hotel offers guests panoramic sea views from its cliff-top location, in addition to a personalised five-star service. The onsite spa offers facials, massages, body scrubs, exfoliations, men's treatments and waxing which can be enjoyed in your room or under the spa gazebo. Accommodation is provided in the form of one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury suites and rooms, some of which come with swimming pool or Jacuzzi. Other onsite facilities include three bars, three restaurants, gym, swimming pool and water sports at the nearby beach.
If you'd rather be on the frontline of the beach, consider staying at the Landings. Situated in Gros Islet on the beach, this hotel provides various water sports, including snorkelling, sailing, scuba diving, kayaking and deep sea fishing. Guests can choose between one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, each of which comes with sea, garden or pool views. Onsite you'll find three restaurants which serve local cuisine, three bars and the highlight of the resort – a 7,000 square foot spa which offers manicures, pedicures, body wraps, facials, hair treatments, waxing, massages, hair braiding and makeup.
The Ginger Lily Hotel is another top pick when it comes to beachfront hotels in St Lucia. This award-winning boutique hotel is located in the small resort on the coast of Rodney Bay and provides guests with a choice of superior deluxe rooms, upper deluxe rooms and executive suites. The hotel grounds feature manicured gardens, a tranquil swimming pool, bar, restaurant and free WiFi access, making it perfect for couples in search of a quiet, tropical holiday. You'll find several more bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities just a short walk away in Rodney Bay.
For a larger hotel in Rodney Bay, consider the Village Inn & Spa. Within easy access of restaurants, nightclubs and duty-free shops, this hotel is made up of 76 rooms ideally positioned for the upmost privacy, with room-only and all-inclusive options both available. Onsite services and facilities include swimming pool, plunge pool, Jacuzzis and spa with aromatherapy, facials and massages, plus two bar-restaurants which offer cocktail parties, cooking classes and karaoke nights.
Hit the beach
Vigie Beach is located close to Castries, making it great for families and couples staying in the city looking for somewhere relaxing to spend the day. Here you'll find soft white sands which gently slope into the calm, clear waters, creating the ideal environment for children to safely play and swim. Dense forest provides shelter from the winds and some natural shade, which is a good thing, considering there are no sun loungers or parasols on the beach. There is one restaurant on the shore, plus many more bars, restaurants and shops a short walk away in the city, but no toilets, so families with young children might be better off spending the day elsewhere.
If you're looking for somewhere to windsurf, consider Anse de Sables. This beach is found close to downtown Vieux Fort and has almost constant winds, making it unsuitable for sunbathing, but ideal for wind-based water sports, such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. The sea is remarkably clear here and there's also a coral reef, making it popular amongst snorkelers, too. There is a restaurant onsite and some trees which provide natural shade, although there are no sun loungers, parasols, showers or toilets.
Things to do
Animal lovers won't want to pass up the chance to go horse riding with Atlantic Shores Riding Stables. Based in Vieux Fort, these horse riding stables pride themselves on taking superb care of their horses so they're ready and able to take visitors out on excursions across the island. There are several itineraries to choose from, some of which include trips across beaches, dips in the sea and rides across tropical countryside. If you take you camera with you, your guide will happily take photos of you during the excursion for free.
If you visit Pigeon Island during your holiday in St Lucia, make sure you pop into the Pigeon Island Museum and Interpretive Centre. Located within the Pigeon Island National Park, this museum is housed inside the restored mess previously used by British offers in 1808 and displays multimedia about the island's historical and ecological significance. There are audio aids, visual exhibits and genuine artefacts which go into detail about the first Carib Indian settlers and how the island was involved in the French and British battles during the island's colonisation.
For a one-of-a-kind souvenir, pop into the Zaka Art Café. Located in Soufriere, this art café features a huge range of Caribbean masks and totems, all of which are handmade, stamped and signed by the artist who runs the café – Zaka. You can choose to buy one of the many masks on display in the café or have one custom built for you, according to the colours and styles that you like. Whilst browsing the art, you'll have the chance to sip on a local herbal tea, freshly-brewed Caribbean coffee or fruit smoothie.
Horseriding on the beach with Atlantic Shores Riding Stables in St Lucia taken by Josh
Eating and drinking out
When it comes to Italian cuisine, it's tough to beat the offerings laid out by Armando's. Situated inside the Sandals Regency La Toc resort, this fine dining Italian restaurant offers views of a natural waterfall and Caribbean Sea, thanks to its prestigious cliff-top location. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant serves classic Italian dishes, such as "Linguine Alle Vongole" and "Pollo Alla Cacciatore", alongside freshly prepared signature cocktails.
If you'd rather stick to the local cuisine, consider dining at Orlando's. Situated in Soufriere, this restaurant specialises in Caribbean food, with delicacies like cucumber mint and feta salad, grilled lamb in yogurt and lemon juice, and saltfish cake all appearing on the menu. The food menu is complemented by a small, but well-selected wine list with local choices.
On the other hand, if sophisticated French cuisine is what you're in the mood for, stop by La Terrsse Restaurant. This eatery offers diners a cosy atmosphere, tropical garden surroundings and a varied menu which focuses on fresh ingredients. Angus beef, lamb, pork ribs and local fish, all appear on the menu, alongside handmade desserts, including crème brulee and profiteroles.
For top quality seafood, you can't beat the Naked Fisherman. This seafood restaurant is located on the beach at Cap Maison, creating a relaxed atmosphere in which you can enjoy lunch, dinner and cocktails. The restaurant's speciality is fish and seafood, with catch of the day, prawns, lobster and mussels all appearing on the menu, but there are also vegetarian salads, chicken liver pate, pork cutlets and beef steaks for those not in the mood for fish.
Oil down and chicken stew from Orlando's in St Lucia taken by Shiv