When to visit the British Virgin Islands

by SmarterTravel Staff

The British Virgin Islands experience warm weather year-round. However, the most popular time to visit is November through April when many international visitors from up north come to escape colder weather. The summer season, from May through November, is less busy since it is the rainy season. These summer months, however, provide the best prices, particularly from July through September.

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  • high season: December to April
  • low season: July to September
  • shoulder season: May to June, October to November

Weather Information

Temperatures in the British Virgin Islands average in the 80s during the day and 70s at night. The hottest months are August and September, when temperatures hit the 90s. There is more rain during the fall than at other times, but most rain, no matter what time of year, is confined to brief, intense showers. Hurricane season lasts from June through November.

Crowd Information

Christmas is a very popular holiday in the British Virgin Islands and tends to draw a crowd of vacationers who return to the island this time every year. New Year's Eve is also a popular holiday, due to Foxy's Annual New Year's Eve Party on the island of Jost Van Dyke. The Emancipation Festival, which lasts for three weeks and runs from July to August, draws a considerable crowd and consists of carnivals, music, and other festivities.

Closure Information

Many hotel and other properties close from August to October.

When to Save

In general, discounted rates are available on the island during the summer months. Airfare to the island is also less expensive during this time.

When to Book

Book as far out as possible to secure the best fares and ensure availability.

Information provided by British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.

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