What's the Weather Like in St Lucia in April
The weather starts to get warmer and wetter in St Lucia in April, compared to February and March. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island increases from 27°C (created by highs of 29°C and lows of 25°C) at the beginning of the month to 28°C (highs of 30°C and lows of 26°C) by the end, making the final week in April the best time to visit if you want hot temperatures.
Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 31°C and fall below23°C in St Lucia in April. The hottest temperature ever recorded on the island during this month is 33°C, whist the coldest temperature ever recorded here at this time of year is 16°C.
Since St Lucia in the first two weeks of April is relatively cool compared to the rest of the year, it's a good time for travellers who don't like high temperatures to visit. However, if you love the heat and want to visit St Lucia when temperatures are at their hottest, forget about April and visit during August or October, when temperatures tend to be at their highest. If you do choose to visit in April, you'll need to pack light and airy clothing, suntan lotion and waterproofs to protect you from the elements.
Across the month, St Lucia receives an average of 66mm/3 inches of rainfall spread out between 16 rainy days that's over twice as much rainfall as in March. With precipitation falling on so many days of the month, it's very likely that you'll experience a shower during your holiday in St Lucia in April.
The likelihood of rainfall making an appearance in April begins at 41% on April 4th and rises up to 44% by April 21st and 47% by April 29th. This makes the start of the month the best time to visit in order to avoid rainfall spoiling your holiday, but with such a small difference in percentages, it really shouldn't make a difference when you visit. The most likely forms of precipitation you can expect to experience in St Lucia in April are light rain (56%) and moderate rain (36%).
Average Sunshine Hours
Throughout the month, St Lucia enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine every day, along with median cloud coverage which ranges between 70% (partly cloudy) at the start of the month and 74% (partly cloudy) by the end of the month. Because the cloud coverage slightly increases as the month develops, you're best off visiting at the start of the month if you want to work on your tan.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for St Lucia remains consistently warm all-year-round. In April, it's 27°C that's the same as the previous three months which is certainly warm enough to go swimming.
Thanks to its tropical climate, St Lucia remains humid throughout the year. In April, the relative humidity falls between 63% (mildly humid) and 89% (very humid) over the course of the month, rarely dropping below 58% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 99% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around April 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 66% (mildly humid) three days out of every four, whilst the air is usually at its most humid around April 19th, when it rises above 82% (humid) three days out of every four.
April can be quite a windy time for St Lucia. At this time of year, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 5 m/s (gentle breeze) and 10 m/s (fresh breeze), sometimes rising above 23 m/s (strong gale). The highest average wind speed of 8 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around April 1st, when the average daily maximum is 10 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 7 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around April 25th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s (fresh breeze).
St Lucia Hotels in April
Jade Mountain Resort is one of the most beautiful hotels in St Lucia. Found rising above the beach resort of Anse Chastanet, this hotel offers sea views, bold architecture and a sophisticated privacy to ensure you have a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Accommodation is provided in the form of sky, star, moon, sun and galaxy suites, each of which offers views of the Pitons, private infinity pool and floor-to-ceiling windows. There is one restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner onsite, but the highlight of the resort is the spa which offers massages, body scrubs, facials and reflexology treatments.
Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa is another top pick when it comes to spa hotels in St Lucia. Located directly on Reduit Beach, this award-winning hotel is within easy access of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops, making it ideally-situated for exploring the area. Here guests can choose between one-bedroom rooms, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites, divided among garden view, pool view and beachfront varieties. Onsite services and facilities include lagoon-style swimming pool, beachside restaurant, Caribbean fusion restaurant, kids' playground and spa which offers therapies and treatments to be taken in the guest rooms or the beachside gazebo.
The Bay Gardens Hotel is a more affordable option. Located within Rodney Bay village, just a short walk away from the centre of the resort where you'll find a small selection of nightlife and attractions, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of standard rooms, superior rooms, one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom suites, each of which features free WiFi access. Guests can enjoy two swimming pools, bar and restaurant, and use the free shuttle service to Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa for more services and amenities.
For an all-inclusive hotel, check out St Lucian by Rex Resorts. Located on Rodney Bay with its own landscaped gardens on Reduit Beach, this resort is equally perfect for those who enjoy lazy days by the beach and those to love action-packed water sports. Accommodation is provided in the form of garden, poolside, sea-facing and beachfront rooms, each of which comes with air conditioning and coffee making facilities. Onsite services and facilities include four international bars and restaurants, swimming pool and shops, with sailing, snorkelling, jet skiing, water skiing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving organised on the beach.
St Lucia Beach for April
Found in the north of the island, Rodney Bay is one of the most popular beaches in St Lucia, thanks to the wealth of amenities and services which surround it. There are bars, restaurants, hotels, shops and supermarkets all within easy walking distance of this beach, making it great for holidaymakers who like to be in the middle of it all.
The beach is made up of the iconic soft white sands and is lapped by warm and shallow waters, equally ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Sun loungers and parasols are available, but can only be used by guests staying at the hotels which line the beach. There are some beachside kiosks which serve food and drink throughout the day, although there are no toilets, so families with small children might want to choose a different beach.
For something a bit quieter, consider spending the day at Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie. This long golden sandy beach stretches on for several kilometres, making it ideal for adults to stroll along and children to play on. There are no facilities provided on the beach, but there are several palm trees which provide natural shade. The shallow water is perfect for swimming and there is a handful of rock and coral formations just offshore which are teeming with fish, providing snorkelers with hours of entertainment. Although there are no onsite bars or restaurants, there is a great variety of cafes and eateries just a short walk away on the promenade.
Bars and Restaurants
Jammers Beach Bar & Grill is the place to go for delicious barbecued food served in casual beachside surroundings. Located within the Windjammer Landing resort, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the beach, with the chef's special shrimp, burgers, wraps and salads featuring on the menu. Live calypso, reggae and steel drum music is performed each evening which you can enjoy alongside a wide variety of freshly prepared cocktails, including the signature 14 x 61 drink, made with Bounty Crystal white rum.
Satisfy your curry craving by dining at Spice of India. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from midday until 4pm for lunch and from 6pm onward for dinner, this restaurant serves typical Indian cuisine, with a daily-changing menu. There is usually a set tasting menu available for diners who want to sample the best dishes that the restaurant has to offer, as well as a vegetarian tasting menu. The drinks menu includes champagne, wine and water.
For a beachside bar with an exciting cocktail menu, you can't beat Bang Between the Pitons. Situated in Soufriere, this bar-restaurant has a prestigious beachside location right in between the Pitons, giving customers sea views on one side and mountain views on the other. The drinks menu is typical of beach bar-restaurants in St Lucia and features local and imported beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks.
Delice Restaurant and Bar is a great place to spend a few hours whether you just want a refreshing drink or a full three-course meal. This bar-restaurant is located within La Haut Plantation and offers seating on three outdoor balconies, each of which provides fantastic panoramic views. Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 10am, lunch from 11.30am until 3.30pm and dinner between 5pm and 9pm and the bar-restaurant prides itself on using only locally-grown fruits and vegetables in its drinks and dishes.
Things to do in St Lucia in April
The Pitons are two of St Lucia's most popular attractions, making them a must-visit during your holiday on the island. Located close to Soufriere, these mountains have been declared a UNESCO-protected World Heritage Site and feature countless photo opportunities, guided hikes and climbs, plus a visitors' centre with info about the mountains, their geography, geology and plant life. The Gros Pitons mountain measures 768m and is home to the more challenging hikes, whilst the Petit Pitons mountain measures 739m and is home to the less challenging hikes. Keep in mind that in order to climb either mountain, you need to do so as part of a tour with a guide you can't do it on your own.
Don't pass up the opportunity to visit the Soufriere Marine Management Area during your holiday in St Lucia. Stretching along the west coast of St Lucia, this zone offers lush green landscapes, healthy coral reefs, schools of exotic fish and beautiful unspoilt beaches, providing plenty of things to do for everyone. Here you can sunbathe on the golden sandy shores; swim, snorkel and scuba dive in the clear, warm waters; and wander around the dense forests, teeming with tropical flora and fauna. Despite having so many things to do, snorkelling and scuba diving are considered to be the best two activities and thanks to the incredible clarity of the water and the rule which forbids boats of any kind, there are loads of fish to see, even during the rainy season.
Morne Fortune translates into English as "Fortune Mountain" and is the peak of a ridge which stands 260m tall. Unlike the Pitons which you can climb up, the only way to reach the top of Morne Fortune is to drive up yourself or join a coach tour. When you reach the peak, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views which stretch across St Lucia and down across Castries below, so make sure you take your camera with you. With the exception of the Governor's house which you'll pass by as you drive up, there isn't much else to see here.