Travel is about experiencing life to the full, and Saint Lucia is packed with many of the best attractions, activities and adventures in the Caribbean
Rates are cheaper in the summer and autumn months. The Peak season on St Lucia which runs from mid-December to April, in these months, accommodation rates are generally significantly higher than at other times of the year, but the weather is usually at its best especially if you like it hot and sunny.
St Lucia gets more rain than other less mountainous Caribbean islands such as Barbados or Antigua. Also bear in mind that the hurricane season runs from June to November, with September and October statistically the likeliest months for major storms. There is little to worry about from the weather, the hotels all have plans and there are many storm shelters. Taking into account prices and weather, May is a good month to visit – you could time your visit to coincide with the island's major annual jazz festival.
The big decision when planning a holiday to St Lucia is where to base yourself. It's not that it's difficult to travel, it is more the case of what you want to wake up to in the mornings.
The north, which includes the capital Castries and Rodney Bay Village, the only resort, is busier and more developed, but has better beaches and a far greater choice of restaurants and bars.
The south, and specifically the south west where the Pitons are located, is much more scenic and tranquil and has the bulk of the island's most special places to stay, but here the beaches are mostly of dark volcanic sand.
You can make day-trip excursions, by boat and road, between the north and south, but it's worth considering a two-centre holiday, split between the two parts of the island. Travelling between the islands is easy by boat or local plane services.