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Last Minute Holidays to St Lucia

Topped by the iconic twin-peaks of the Piton Mountains and offering a real Robinson Crusoe vibe, the lush island of St Lucia is a get-away-from-it-all escape for a last minute holiday. With a mix of volcanic black or dazzling white sandy beaches, tall palms and blue skies this good-looking destination has plenty going for it.

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Choose St Lucia for your last minute island escape and relax in style

Average flight times to St Lucia from the UK are around eight hours, allowing you just enough time to watch an in-flight movie, take a nap and browse through your guide book before arriving on the island.

November is the hottest month with average temperatures of around 29°C with January the coldest at a still-impressive 26°C. Aside from the excellent beaches, active holidaymakers will find a selection of hiking options available to them exploring the lush interior. Pigeon Island National Park, a serene spot with a beach and museum, is another fascinating day out for those wanting more than just beach life.

Castries is St Lucia's main city, where luxury cruise ships dock in the crescent shaped harbour. The large red-roofed market is a delight to explore with an array of stalls selling local crafts, baskets and handmade souvenirs. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is open daily and offers a cooling retreat from the sunshine.

Meanwhile, Smugglers Cove at the northernmost tip of St Lucia, is an idyllic beach resort surrounded by lush greenery. There's an 18-hole golf course and Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island National Park are within easy reach. Corinth, a small town situated between Castries and Rodney Bay, boasts a pretty shoreline easy access to the capital with its duty-free shops, open-air market and restaurants.

The best time of year to book your last minute holiday

With a hot and tropical climate throughout the year, late escapes to St Lucia are possible at any time. Book up to eight weeks in advance to secure a great deal, or even a few days before. Peak season is also dry season so book from December to April to ensure the best weather. For the cheapest deals aim to book for May, it's less crowded and you'll sneak in for a relaxing break before the summer influx.

Other last minute holiday destinations

When it comes to affordable getaways, St Lucia is just one suggestion, the Caribbean has plenty of other idyllic islands to consider. Try Jamaica, with it's a laid back vibe and tropical beaches or historic Cuba blessed with beauty and historic sites. There's also the small, sun-drenched island of Aruba for the ultimate late escape.

But, if you're sold on St Lucia check out our travel guide to plan your trip. Here are some excellent last minute hotel options to get you started.

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