Best Time of Year to Visit British Virgin Islands

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Best Time of Year to Visit British Virgin Islands

Posted on May 30. 2014

Once you make the decision to go on a British Virgin Islands holiday, you next have to decide what particular time of year you are going to arrive on the islands. Do you want to put an exclamation point on your summer by sailing around the islands in September or would you rather beat the freeze at home by frolicking in the warm waters of February? They’re both pretty good options, aren’t they? Well, these are just two of the hard questions you need to ask yourself as you decide the best time of year to visit British Virgin Islands, but worry no more, we will help you decide with these facts.

Best Time of Year to Visit British Virgin IslandsTemperatures

No matter what season you choose to visit the British Virgin Islands in, you will typically experience plenty of sunshine during your stay. This fact helps keep average temperatures in the British Virgin Islands pretty mild all year round, with the average annual temperature checking in at 78° F. A typical winter day in the British Virgin Islands will have a high temperature at or around 82° F and a low temperature of around 70 F°. A summer day on the other hand will see less of a swing in temperatures with a slightly higher high of around 86° F and a low of 76° F.

Precipitation

Winter is without a doubt the driest of the seasons in the British Virgin Islands, as rain averages around a couple inches per month. Make no mistake, spot showers can pop up at any time of the day any time of year. Don’t fret over them though, as they typically move along shortly. The rainiest time of year is the Fall, with the months of September, October, and November all averaging over 5 inches of rain per month.
The aforementioned Fall precipitation coincides with Hurricane Season, and unfortunately the British Virgin Islands do lie within a path commonly followed by hurricanes. Luckily, modern meteorology always gives locals and tourists plenty of lead time in advance of a storm. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather before and during your trip.

Different Reasons for Different Seasons

The peak season in the British Virgin Islands is winter, and you will find the islands to be more crowded, lines to be longer, and prices to be higher than at any other time of year. During summer, things slow down, the locals are able to relax, and prices plunge. So, if you fancy a bit more space and a few more dollars in your wallet, summer is for you.
In addition to a lively Carnival season, February and March are the time of year for yachting and sailing festivals in the British Virgin Islands. In October, divers are in heaven during Wreck Week, a celebration of the diverse dive sites in the BVIs. And If you want a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration, Jost Van Dyke’s legendary Foxy’s Bar is the place to be for “Old Year’s Night” as they call it, a raucous party on the beach.

 

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