When Is the Best Time to Visit the US Virgin Islands?
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When Is the Best Time to Visit the US Virgin Islands?Posted on June 27. 2014
As we have seen in our previous blog posts, the U.S. Virgin Islands are full of great things to see, intriguing places to stay, and fun things to do. Luckily for those planning a trip, none of these things takes a season off. Depending on your taste, there are certain times of year that may be better suited for your trip. Here is our guide to the best time to visit the US Virgin Islands.
Regardless of the time of year, it’s usually a safe bet that you will see some sun shining overhead during your stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This helps keep the yearly average temperature at a comfortable yet warm 80°F. An average winter day in the U.S. Virgin Islands will have a high temperature at or around 85° F and a low temperature of around 71 F°. A summer day in the U.S. Virgin Islands will see a toasty high of around 90° F and a low of 76° F. Expect temperatures in between those averages in the Fall and the Spring.
If you are looking to avoid the rain, then Winter is the best time of year to visit the Virgin Islands. On average, the islands only receive 1-2 inches or rain per month in Winter, so your odds of a dry trip are very high. If it does rain while you are there in the Winter, it will most likely just be a quick refreshing downpour followed by the return of the sun. The wettest time of year is late Summer and Fall, with the months of August, September, October and November all averaging around 5-6 inches of rain per month. St. John gets slightly more rain than St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The higher autumn rainfall totals coincide with Hurricane Season in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and there is no way to sugar-coat it: the islands lie directly within the path of many Caribbean hurricanes. Modern forecasting always gives plenty of lead time to residents and vacationers, so you will have plenty of time to adjust your plans if one strikes. Make sure to monitor the weather in the days and weeks leading up to your trip during this time of year.
Different Reasons for Different Seasons
The heaviest time for tourism in the U.S. Virgin Islands is without a doubt Winter, as people who live in northern climates flock south to escape the cold. During this time, you will find the U.S. Virgin Islands to be busier, lines longer, and prices much higher than at any other time of year. During Summer, the opposite is true, as prices plummet, lines are non-existent and crowds thin out. The perfect time for many to visit is the Fall or Spring as you get weather similar to that of Winter with prices closer to the Summer side of things.
Regattas are a popular draw in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and they kick off their season in February with the St. Croix International Regatta. March is the time for the International Rolex Cup Regatta and Mardi Gras happens every year in February or March, too. A large party takes place on St. Croix for every Mardi Gras, and the streets come alive in Charlotte Amalie in April for a post-Easter Carnival that has become famous throughout the Caribbean.
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