When to visit U.S. Virgin Islands

by SmarterTravel Staff

The U.S. Virgin Islands (U.S.V.I.) offer a year-round tropical escape within the United States (as the islands still abide by U.S. customs and laws). Warm, tropical weather is the norm, and festivals happen throughout the year, but winter is the most popular time to visit as people come to escape the cold weather up north. Carnival is also extremely popular and is celebrated on three of the main islands at different times during the year.

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

Weather Information

Throughout the year, the islands are warm and sunny with temperatures ranging from 77 degrees in the winter to 83 degrees in the summer. There's a possibility of hurricanes from June through August, but touchdowns are rare.

Crowd Information

Greater numbers of people tend to visit during spring break and holidays, but the biggest attraction is Carnival, which happens in April on St. Thomas, December on St. Croix, and July on St. John.

Closure Information

During the off-season, the high-speed ferry between St. Thomas and St. Croix relocates to New England. In addition, fewer flights are offered during this time. Many merchants close or offer abbreviated hours based on the frequency of cruise ships.

When to Save

Prices are reduced during off-season.

When to Book

A minimum of six months in advance is recommended when booking travel during high season. Occasionally, there are last-minute travel deals, but waiting can be risky.

Information provided by the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.

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