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What to wear in St Lucia (Packing List + Outfits)

What to wear in St Lucia (Packing List + Outfits)

Are you wondering what to wear in St Lucia? This guide tells you exactly what to pack for St Lucia for resorts, activities, weather and more to form the perfect St Lucia packing list alongside some amazing outfit inspiration no matter the month you are visiting.

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But before we get onto the specifics of what to wear in St Lucia along with some outfit inspiration we thought it would be worthwhile to talk about exactly how the seasons and dress codes will affect your St Lucia Packing List. 

St Lucia Weather

View of woman in dress standing on the beach in St Lucia with rainforest mountain in background
St Lucia packing list

The main thing to know about St Lucia weather is that like many Caribbean islands it has a wet season and dry season. Which one you are visiting in will of course affect the activities you do and what you need to pack.

The wet season in St Lucia is classified as June, July, August, September, October and November. During this time you can expect rain to fall in strong bursts rather than prolonged days of non-stop rain.

Overall, you shouldn’t expect too many long days of rain when you visit St Lucia, however, when the rain does come it is usually in a quick heavy downpour so it is worth having a pack away rain jacket or a poncho.

However, it is also important to remember that St Lucia like much of the Caribbean is affected by hurricane season. For St Lucia, the hurricane season is officially classified as running from the beginning of June until the end of November with September and October usually being the worst affected.

By comparison the dry season in St Lucia runs during December, January, February, March and April.

And while rainfall in the St Lucia is seasonal, the temperatures actually tend to be pretty consistent with temperatures of 26C / 79F to 29C/84F. November is technically the hottest month and the coldest months are January and February while August tends to have the best sea swimming conditions.

Considerations for your St Lucia Packing List

Before we get onto the exact items to include to make your St Lucia outfits, we thought is would be worth outlining some considerations for your packing list. These are:

Pack Light

As the weather in St Lucia is pretty consistent and most visitors are heading there for beach vacations we recommend packing lightly.

For more information on how to pack light we recommend checking out our guide on the 5 4 3 2 1 packing method or the sudoku method which will help you create the perfect Caribbean Capsule Wardrobe without overpacking.

Natural Fabrics

Natural fabrics are your best friend the St Lucia. Cottons, silks and linen are well known for being more breathable than man-made fabrics. Linen in particular is very in fashion among locals and tourists alike.  


Although most people in St Lucia go for the beach, there are lots of hikes and activities to do away from the beach and sea. If you plan on hiking you want to pack a cute hiking outfit and walking sandals too.


As most people will be spending lots of time on the beach and pool side in St Lucia swimwear is obviously going to be an important part of your packing list.

I usually take at least 2 pieces of swimwear and 2 covers with me on a week long vacation so I can always have one piece to wear and one that is drying but you may want to add some more. 

Just try and select covers and 2 piece swimwear (if you want this style) that can be mixed and matched together for different beach looks.

What to wear in St Lucia

Couple on sugar beach in St Lucia wearing swimwear
What to wear in St Lucia (packing list and outfits)

So now you know what to consider when packing St Lucia and the weather by month, we will turn our attention to what to wear in the St Lucia.

Dresses and Skirts

As I mentioned above there is lots of beach wear and resort wear seen in St Lucia especially in the resorts.

Maxi dresses are one of my favorite things to wear especially loose and flowing dresses. They are also great for wearing down on the beach and out for dinner. I like to add things with a bit of tropical flair such as palm leaf patterns.

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Linen Trousers / Linen pants

Linen trousers are a great pick for St Lucia. I like to pick linen pants in a neutral color such as cream, beige or white as they work well no matter the color you pick for your capsule wardrobe.

I tend to use these as day to night transition pieces for on the beach and at resort restaurants.


Shorts are a definite must for St Lucia. I like to avoid denim shorts as I find these more uncomfortable on sand. Instead, I like to pack a mix of cotton shorts for on the beach and smarter chino-style shorts for beachside restaurants.

Quick Dry shorts are another essential to add to your St Lucia packing list. It is easy for shorts to get wet on the beach and in the humid weather it can be hard for things to dry so picking quick dry pairs is a practical choice.

T Shirts

A basic t shirt is a great staple and an essential of any packing list at any time of year. Now depending on the color scheme you are going for will depend on what color you should have. But in my opinion you can never go wrong with a plain white tee.

For St Lucia, I tend to stick to short sleeve t-shirts but you could also add a tank top too. Just be sure to keep to natural fabrics such as cotton as these are more breathable on hot beaches. I like to add bright-colored t-shirts and things with palm leaf and leaf patterns to add a tropical flavor.

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Blouse / Shirt

A shirt or blouse is a great addition to a tropical capsule wardobe. Again I stick with tops in natural fabrics such as cotton and linen to reduce sweat.

Personally I love a leaf pattern blouse especially an oversized linen shirt version.

Waterfall Cardigans

A light waterfall cardigan is my favorite top later for tropical destiantions. They aren’t chunky or too hot but are good protection on chilly nights.

You can choose the color based on the palette you have in your wardrobe.

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A lightweight beach hoodie is great for airplane outfits when you are heading to beach destinations and can be good for lounging around the pool on cooler days.

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I never travel to any tropical island without a pashmina. It is great in the evenings in case you get chilly, especially during the cooler months and for dining al fresco. They can also be used to make an outfit more modest for visiting religious sites. Click here to shop pashminas.


We always pack at least 2 pieces of swimwear for tropical resort vacations one for wearing and one for drying.

I tend to stick with one piece swimsuits but you should pick the style you feel most comfy in.

Rash Vest

Snorkeling is a great thing to do in St Lucia however snorkeling can put oyu at risk of sun burn. Therefore if you want to do any water sports in St Lucia we recommend packing a rash vest.

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Beach Cover

We always pack at least 2 pieces of swimwear for tropical resort vacations one for wearing and one for drying.

I tend to stick with one piece swimsuits but you should pick the style you feel most comfy in.

Sun Hat

Sun hats are a staple on any St Lucia packing list. Be sure to pick a wide-brimmed straw hat for maximum sun protection. Click here to shop sun hats.

For more information on how to pack sun hats for travel check out this post.



Goes without saying 


We recommend packing lightweight PJs for the tropical island. 

Best Shoes for the St Lucia


Teva Women’s Midform Universal, Black, 9 M US
  • Water-ready polyester webbing upper is extremely durable and dries quickly after getting wet
  • Easy hook-and-loop closure comes on and off quickly and gets the fit just right
  • 1 1/4″ Lightweight EVA Platform

Sandals are a definite must for St Lucia. I would pick a pair with arch support and without a heel. Teva are my favorite brand of light walking sandals if you plan on doing some hikes in Pigeon Island National Park.

However, espadrilles or wedges are a great evening shoe choice, particularly for nicer restaurants at your resort. 


Sneakers are great for St Lucia whatever time of year you visit. Just be sure you pack a lightweight pair they can cope well in the heat and are also good for your feet on uneven surfaces around the island.

However we do recommend wearing sneaker socks in the summer with them to reduce sweat and odour in your shoe. Personally I like a pair of white lightweight sneakers sure as the adidas cloudfoams.


The water in St Lucia is beautiful however it can have hazards by way of coral and sharp rocks. For this reason, we recommend packing water shoes with you.

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Flip Flops

Although I don’t recommend these for walking in towns or going on excursions these are useful for on the beach and round by the hotel pool.

What to Pack for St Lucia (non-clothing)

Couple sat on top of jeep in St Lucia looking at mountains
What to wear in St Lucia (packing list and outfits)

So know you know what to wear in St Lucia in both the rainy and dry season, we will turn our attention for what to pack for St Lucia.

Travel adaptor

Travel adaptors are always on my international packing lists.

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On top of the travel adaptor you will also need

Sun Cream / Sunscreen

No matter whether you are traveling in the rainy or dry season you will need sun cream with you. We recommend getting a high SPF, we recommend SPF 50, as the sun is always strong in St Lucia.

Also as you are going to spend a lot of time in the water we recommend only bringing reef safe sunscreen with you to help protect the marine life of St Lucia.

Click here to shop coral safe sun screen here.

Aloe Vera

No one wants to get burnt on vacation but the strength of the sun can take some people by surprise in the St Lucia. Therefore we recommend packing aloe vera / aftersun.

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Lip Balm with SPF

Although it is very important to protect your skin from the sun, it is also important to protect your lips. For this reason we recommend packing a lip balm with SPF. Our current favorite lip balm with SPF is Sun Bum. Click here to shop lip balm with SPF.

Mosquito Spray / Insect Repellant

St Lucia does get mosquitos so be sure to bring plenty with you to help deter the insects. Wearing neutral colors can also help act as a deterrent.


As with any tropical island destination you will find that things like toiletries are expensive so be sure to get your toiletries packing list right.

I always bring shampoo and conditioner that is reef safe but also can help calm by hair from the humidity and to cope with damage from sea water.

Click here to shop the best shampoos and conditioners for tropical climates.

Also when looking at packing makeup remember to pack waterproof mascara as you will be spending lots of time in the water.

Snorkel Gear

Although you will be able to rent snorkel gear in St Lucia you will never know the quality. For this reason we recommend bringing your own snorkel gear with you.

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Beach Bag

For use on the beach.


If you like to use swim aids or inflatables in the pool we recommend bringing these with you as they will be more expensive in St Lucia.

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St Lucia is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean so it should come as no surprise that you will want to take a lot of photos. Be sure you have a good quality camera with you. On top of a regular camera you may also want


On top of the regular camera we also advise packing a go pro or another underwater camera. The underwater scenery is amazing in St Lucia . To capture the beauty of it we recommend using a go pro. Click here to shop underwater cameras.

Waterproof Phone Case

If you plan on using your phone on the beach and in the pool we recommend taking a waterproof phone case with you. This will not only keep your phone safe from water but is also a good theft deterrent. Click here to shop waterproof phone cases for travel.

Battery pack

A requirement of any packing list. Click here to shop battery packs.

What not to wear in St Lucia

Synthetic Fabrics

We recommend sticking with natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton for St Lucia. That is because synthetic fabrics actually make you hotter and sweat more which is something you won’t want in the St Lucia.


Jeans are too hot in St Lucia even lightweight ones or ripped ones. Instead we recommend packing linen or cotton trousers.

Camo / Army Wear

Camoflage and army wear of any kind are prohibited to be worn by any outside of the military in country. Therefore leave anything with camo at home.


Heels are not that useful in St Lucia except in restaurants at night. Instead of heels we recommend packing a more versatile shoe such as a wedge or just a dressy pair of sandals.

What to wear in St Lucia FAQs

What to wear on a cruise to St Lucia?

St Lucia is a popular cruise destination. This packing list works for cruises as well as a vacation on the island. However if you are taking a caribbean cruise you may also be interested in checking out our cruise capsule wardrobe guide.

What to wear on honeymoon in St Lucia?

St Lucia is a fantastic honeymoon destination but regardless of whether you are in tSt Lucia on honeymoon or not the packing list will stay the same. However, if you have some fancier dinners you may want to add some extra maxi dresses for evenings.

However if you are Sandals on St Lucia you may want to check out our Sandals Resort Packing list.

What to wear in St Lucia at night?

Couple stood on beach in St Lucia at sunset
what to pack for St Lucia

If you are wondering what to wear in St Lucia at night I would advise that you dress comfortable for heat.

For me the perfect outfit for St Lucia at night is a maxi dress with a pashmina or some long linen trousers with a long sleeve blouse and maybe some costume jewelry too!

Have you been to St Lucia? What else would you add to our St Lucia packing list? Let us know in the comments below.

Visiting other parts of the Caribbean? Be sure to check out our other Caribbean packing lists: