Averages for St Lucia in March

Weather lowdown

The weather in St Lucia begins to get warmer and drier in March, compared to January and February. During this month, the average temperature for the island starts off at 26.5°C (created by highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C) and gradually rises up to 27.5°C (highs of 30°C and lows of 25°C) by the end of the month, making the final week in March the best time to visit if you want high temperatures.

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  • Temperature Temperature 27°C 80°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 30°C 85°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 23°C 74°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 10 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 27 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 16 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 27°C 81°F

Weather lowdown

The weather in St Lucia begins to get warmer and drier in March, compared to January and February. During this month, the average temperature for the island starts off at 26.5°C (created by highs of 29°C and lows of 24°C) and gradually rises up to 27.5°C (highs of 30°C and lows of 25°C) by the end of the month, making the final week in March the best time to visit if you want high temperatures.

Although it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 31°C and fall below23°C in St Lucia in March. The highest temperature ever registered during this month on the island is 33°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever registered here at this time of year is 17°C.

Because March in St Lucia is fairly cool, compared to the rest of the year, it's a good time for travellers who aren't keen on high temperatures to visit. On the other hand, if you love the sun and want to experience St Lucia at its warmest, you're best off forgetting about March and visiting in August or October, when temperatures are usually at their highest. However, if you do choose to visit St Lucia in March, you'll need to pack plenty of light and airy clothing, suntan cream and an umbrella to protect you from the elements.

Throughout the month, St Lucia is subject to an average of 27mm/1 inch of rainfall spread out between 16 wet days – that's almost have the precipitation received in February. Despite the decrease in rainfall, with precipitation occurring on over half the month, there is a very good chance that you'll experience a shower or two during your holiday in March, so consider taking some waterproofs with you if you don't want to be stuck inside.

The probability of precipitation making an appearance starts off at 45% on March 1st, drops down to 43% by March 6th, rises back up to 45% by March 20th and falls once again back down to 43% by March 31st. With such a minimal difference in the possibility of rainfall across the month, there isn't really a particularly good or bad time to visit St Lucia, rain-wise. The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see in St Lucia in March are light rain (62%) and moderate rain (35%).

Across March, St Lucia boasts an average of ten hours of sunshine every day, alongside median cloud coverage which ranges between 60% (partly cloudy) at the beginning of the month and 71% (partly cloudy) by the end of the month. Since the cloud coverage increases as the month develops, the best time to visit St Lucia is the start of March, if you're planning on sunbathing a lot.

The average sea temperature for the waters around the island remains consistently warm throughout the year. In March it's 27°C – that's the same as the previous two months – which is definitely warm enough to go swimming.

Because of its tropical climate, St Lucia is humid all-year-round. In March, the relative humidity fluctuates between 62% (mildly humid) and 87% (very humid), rarely falling below 55% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 98% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around March 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 65% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst the air is usually at its most humid around March 9th, when it rises above 81% (humid) three days out of four.

March is quite a windy time for St Lucia. During this month, normal wind speeds range between 5 m/s (gentle breeze) and 10 m/s (fresh breeze), almost never going above 20 m/s (gale). The highest average wind speed of 8 m/s (fresh breeze) happens around March 1st, when the average daily maximum is 10 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 8 m/s occurs around March 14th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s.

Fishing boats at the bay in Soufriere, St Lucia

Fishing boats at the bay in Soufriere, St Lucia taken by Mike

Where to stay

Holidaymakers who want to stay close to the beach during their holiday in St Lucia should consider Villa Beach Cottages. Located directly on the golden sands of Choc Bay, this boutique resort is made up of colonial-style villas tucked into dense coconut tree forests. One-bedroom and two-bedroom villas are available, each of which features a fully-equipped kitchen and in-room Jacuzzi. There is a plunge pool with waterfall, full-size swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Caribbean restaurant and outdoor barbecue facilities available onsite, with sun loungers, shades, beachside bar and water sports for guests on the nearby beach.

Capella Marigot Bay is another top pick for families and couples who want to be close to the beach. Situated on Marigot Bay, this resort provides accommodation in the form of 124 West Indian-inspired rooms, spread out between one-, two- and three-bedroom options. There are loads of facilities and services onsite, including two infinity pools, four bars and restaurants, shopping centre, library and spa which offers signature treatments using local products. With so many things to do within the hotel's grounds, you'll never have to leave! But if you do want to explore further afield, a personal assistant will be allocated to you to organise anything you need.

If your hotel needs to include a spa, check out Boucan Hotel & Restaurant. Set amongst the cocoa groves and rainforests of the Rabot Estate – the oldest plantation in St Lucia – this resort boasts the Cocoa Juvenate Spa which offers manicures, pedicures, massages, exfoliations, body wraps and facials – all of which incorporate cocoa. Accommodation is provided in the form of standard and luxury lodges, each of which comes with a four-poster bed and free WiFi access. There is also a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, bar and swimming pool located onsite, with boat trips available to book from reception to explore the west coast of Saint Lucia.

For something more budget-friendly, take a look at Casa del Vega. This private guest house is the only one in St Lucia with its own private beach, set inside a cove on Clarke Avenue, just minutes away from Castries and the various attractions it offers, such as bars, restaurants and shops. Here guests can choose between studios, one-, three-, four- and five-bedroom apartments, each of which includes air conditioning and private bathroom. Because of the low rates, amenities and services are limited to restaurant with free WiFi access, excursion booking and spa which offers facials, massages and body scrubs.

Hit the beach

When it comes to beaches ideal for snorkelling, Jalouise Beach should definitely be at the top of your list. The waters in the designated snorkelling area are very calm, shallow and clear, creating the ideal environment for admiring the tropical fish and rock formations under the water's surface. Although most of the beach is reserved by the onsite hotel, the sun loungers and shades by the snorkelling zone aren't owned by the hotel and are free for everyone to use. Other water sports, including windsurfing and small pedalo-like boats, are available, as well as water taxis to take you to nearby beaches and a beachside restaurant.

The beach at Anse La Raye is an authentic fishing village beach. Surrounded by a small promenade lined with restaurants serving fresh fish, seafood and drinks, this beach isn't one of the most beautiful on the island, but it has a lot of character. There is a small stretch of golden sand available for sunbathing, but no sun loungers or parasols, so you'll need to bring your own. The sea is warm and calm, making it safe for swimming, as long as you keep an eye out for the fishing boats which regularly moor up on the shore.

Things to do

Morne Coubaril Estate is the place to go for an action-packed day out. Here you can explore a plantation which produces coffee, cocoa, copra and tropical fruits, such as limes, grapefruits, oranges and coconuts – the last of which are used to bake cakes available at the onsite restaurant and gift shop. For something more exciting, you can have a go at zip lining during your visit, too. The Morne Coubaril Estate offers eight zip lines which will see you flying through tropical vegetation at speeds of up to 30mph. Photos are taken during the activity which you can buy for a fun and memorable souvenir.

Located in Soufriere, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the most visited religious buildings on the island. The outside of the church features a gothic design, with lots of sharp points and dark grey and blue paint. The inside of the church is a much more colourful affair, with rich mahogany pews, light blue pillars, colourful religious statues and several large windows at the top of the building, allowing the light to stream in. Most tourists visit the church for the opportunity to join in with one of the sermons, during which Creole and English Catholics come together to sing hymns in a happy, upbeat manner.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, sign up for an excursion with the Holiday Riding Stables. There are four different tours available, providing something for all ages and abilities. The one-hour trail ride takes you along Cas-En-Bas beach and is perfect for those with no experience, whilst the two-hour trail ride goes to the same beach but also includes riding the horses in the sea. The sunset beach ride is equally suitable for couples in search of a romantic experience and groups on the lookout for photo opportunities, whilst the ride in the ring option is perfect for small children and young riders, since the horses never leave the ring, making it as safe as possible.

Horseriding on the beach with Holiday Riding Stables in St Lucia

Horseriding on the beach with Holiday Riding Stables in St Lucia taken by Flowcomm

Eating and drinking out

Dragonfly situated inside the Windjammer Landing hotel is one of the best places to sample authentic Caribbean cuisine in luxury surroundings. This eatery is open for dinner from 6.30pm until 10pm every night, except Tuesdays and Fridays, and reservations are required. Tuesdays and Fridays are reserved for themed buffet events, which are also worth a try. Classic starters such as callaloo soup and salt fish accras, mains such as jerk sausage and Caribbean beef, and desserts such as banana crumble and rum and fruit cake all feature on the menu.

Tucked into Rodney Bay, Bosun's Bar & Bistro is perfect for diners who want to enjoy sea views whilst they eat. This restaurant is open from 7am until 11pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the bar staying open even longer. The breakfast and lunch menu offers sandwiches, baguettes, paninis, soups and salads, whilst the evening menu offers more filling and sophisticated French-inspired starters, mains and desserts.

If you're partial to a drop of rum, make sure you visit the Rum Therapy Bar and Treatment Centre. Located in Castries, this bar serves up a selection of straight rums, rum-based cocktails, beers and beer buckets. Although the drinks are sublime, the entertainment is even better and takes the form of live bands, local singers and karaoke. The bar is only a tiny wooden shack and since it's found close to where the cruise ships dock, it can get full when the cruise ships are in port.

For something more glamorous, enjoy a drink at Le Mistral Lounge. Found inside the Royal by Rex Resorts hotel, this bar overlooks the Reduit Beach and offers great views over to Pigeon Island. Here you can enjoy local and international spirits, cocktails, wines and beers, alongside live entertainment which changes regularly. The bar is open every night from 6pm until 1am and smoking is not permitted.

Callaloo and Plantain from Dragonfly in St Lucia

Callaloo and Plantain from Dragonfly in St Lucia taken by Shiv

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