What's the Weather Like in St Lucia in November
The weather begins to cool down slightly in St Lucia in November. At this time of year, the average temperature for the month starts off at 28°C (made up of highs of 31°C and lows of 25°C) at the beginning of the month and slowly drops down until it reaches 27.5°C (highs of 30°C and lows of 25°C) by the end of the month.
Although it only occurs on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 31°C and drop below 22°C in St Lucia in November. The highest temperature ever recorded on the island at this time of year is 39°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded here during this month is 20°C.
Although the temperatures are beginning to cool in St Lucia during this month, average ranging between 28°C and 27.5°C are still very hot, making November only suitable for holidaymakers who love high temperatures and the sunshine. If you're not a fan of the heat, forget about holidaying in St Lucia in November and consider visiting in December, January or February instead, when temperatures are usually at their lowest. On the other hand, if you do choose to visit St Lucia in November, you'll need to take plenty of light and airy clothing, sun tan lotion and an umbrella with you to protect you from the elements.
Across November, St Lucia is subject to an average of 167mm/7 inches of rainfall divided between 20 rainy days. With precipitation falling on 2/3 of days during this month, it's almost guaranteed that you'll experience a shower or two during your holiday, so be prepared to spend some time inside your resort until the weather improves.
The probability of rainfall occurring in St Lucia during November begins at 67% at the start of the month and drops down to 61% by the end. The most common types of rainfall you can expect to experience on the island at this time of year are light rain (52%), moderate rain (26%) and thunderstorms (17%).
Average Sunshine Hours and Cloud Cover
In November, St Lucia boasts an average of eight hours of sunshine each day, along with median cloud coverage beginning at 64% on November 1st and dropping down to 60% by November 30th. On a normal day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 25% of the time, which means you should be able to enjoy a little bit of sunbathing during your holiday.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for St Lucia is pleasantly warm all-year-round. In November, it's 28°C that's 1°C cooler than in October which is definitely warm enough to do swimming, despite the drop in temperature.
Because of the tropical climate, St Lucia remains humid throughout the year. In November, the relative humidity for the island fluctuates between 66% (mildly humid) and 92% (very humid), rarely falling below 58% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is often at its driest around November 30th, when the relative humidity falls below 70% (humid) three days out of every four, whilst it's usually at its most humid around November 4th, when it rises above 89% (very humid) three days out of four.
November is usually a very windy time for St Lucia. During this month, typical wind speeds range between 3 m/s (light breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze), almost never rising above 17 m/s (high wind). The highest average wind speed of 7 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around November 30th, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around November 1st, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s (fresh breeze).
St Lucia Hotels in November
If you want to stay in a private villa during your holiday in St Lucia, consider Oasis Marigot's Vacation Club Villas. This Vacation Club is made up of 12 sea house villas which are nestled into lush gardens full of tropical palm trees. Each unit offers bay and marina views, as well as one bedroom, one bathroom, ceiling fan, kitchenette and free WiFi access. Although there are no services or facilities onsite, the resort is only a five minute walk away from Marigot Bay, where you'll find restaurants, shops, bars, a bank and diving shop.
Situated in Castries, Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive resort ideal for families and couples alike. Here you can choose between luxury level, club level and butler level rooms, each of which goes up in price compared to the last. The resort is located on a half-mile long beach and provides guests with unlimited scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling and sailing. The rest of the resort includes seven swimming pools including the island's largest, six whirlpools, two swim-up bars, nine restaurants, Red Lane spa and nine-hole golf course.
Holidaymakers who want to stay in a spa hotel in St Lucia should consider Smuggler's Cove Resort & Spa. This all-inclusive resort boasts its own private cove where guests can enjoy sailing, kayaking and snorkelling, as well as a full-service spa which do manicures, pedicures, body wraps, facials, scrubs and massages. Accommodation is provided in the form of 351 rooms divided between single storey buildings, each of which features air conditioning.
For something more low-cost, consider the Oceanview Hotel. Located in Gros Islet, this complex is comprised of 37 rooms overlooking Rodney Bay marina, with views over the resort and the Caribbean Sea. Guests can choose between superior single, superior double, ocean-view double and ocean-view quad rooms, each of which comes with free WiFi access. Onsite services and facilities include bar, restaurant, swimming pools and spa with massages, aromatherapy, facials, body wraps, scrubs and hand and foot rituals.
St Lucia Beach for November
Hummingbird Beach is a great place for snorkeling. Located to the north of Soufriere Town, this beach is made up of a long stretch of golden sand and flanked by lush rainforest. The waters are warm, shallow and incredibly clear here, creating the ideal environment for snorkeling. The numerous coral reefs and exotic fish which hide within are sure to provide you with plenty of things to see whilst snorkeling, too. The beach is home to two resorts which provide refreshments throughout the day.
For something smaller and quieter, consider Donkey Beach. This beach is one of the smallest on the island and is therefore almost always empty, so you can enjoy it entirely to yourself. Nestled between two picture-perfect mountains, this beach is made up of golden sand, ideal for sunbathing and clear blue waters which can get choppy at times, making them great fun to play in, although somewhat unsuitable for very young children. There are no facilities at all onsite, so you'll need to bring your own shade, food and drinks.
Bars and Restaurants
The Cocoa Pod Restaurant within the Fond Doux Resort & Plantation is a recommended place to sample the local Caribbean cuisine. This restaurant prepares a la carte lunch and dinner dining amongst the lush tropical gardens of the resort, ideally situated to make the most of the cool breezes. The menu changes regularly according to what is in season, but dishes such as vegetable fritters, fresh crab, red snapper, ribs and mahi-mahi are usually offered, as are a small selection of fruit-based desserts.
The Mango Tree Restaurant has a different variation of local cuisine. This eatery specialises in Creole food and boasts al fresco dining with views over a nearby stone pool, the Piton mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Open for breakfast from 7.30am until 11pm and for lunch and dinner until 10pm, this restaurant serve classic Creole dishes such as grilled Dorado fillet, oven-baked mahi mahi and chicken crab; with various international dishes thrown in for good measure.
If you're in the mood for seafood, Barefoot by the Sea might have just what you're looking for. Found within the Sandals Grande resort, this restaurant is set on the beach allowing you to dip your toes in the sand and sea whilst you dine. The menu features fish and seafood dishes such as Caribbean scallop ceviche, steamed conch and salt fish fritters, all of which are freshly prepared with local produce.
Sunset Bar is one of the best places in St Lucia to catch a beautiful sunset. Located within the Sandals Regency La Toc resort, this bar is ideally positioned in the bluffs of the resort close to the pool and provides plenty of comfortable, relaxed seating, so you'll never struggle to get a seat no matter how packed it is. The well-stocked bar features local and international beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.
Things to do in St Lucia in November
Aanansi ATV Tours do a small selection of action-packed ATV tours, providing you with a fast and exciting way to see the island. Here you can choose between the standard ATV tour which lasts three hours, the ATV beach lime combo tour and moonlight rides which take place at night. You can opt to drive your own ATV solo or ride on one with a partner, so even if you're worried about driving, you can still enjoy the excursion. Your guide will tell you all about the island during your trip and will happily snap photos of you for free if you bring your camera with you.
Enbaus Saut Falls is located deep within the Edmund Forest Reserve and can be reached by following a fairly simply round hiking trail which will take 1.5-2 hours to finish. The trek takes you through the island's rainforest, passing all sorts of lush tropical plants and trees, as well as native fauna along the way. At 7-8 metres tall, the falls aren't that big and therefore people tend not to visit, so you'll probably be able to take a refreshing dip in the pool below in complete privacy. Guided tours take place several times a day and are a much better alternative than doing the hike on your own and risking getting lost.
November plays host to the St Lucia Triathlon, one of the most hotly-anticipated sporting events in the Caribbean and a must-see for those who are keen on fitness and athletics. Not an event for the faint-hearted by any measure, this week-long tournament takes place largely on the beach and is great to take part in, even if you come along as a spectator. If you're not feeling quite up to the challenge of the full triathlon, you're more than welcome to join pre-race activites such as the aquathon, beach run or open water swim.