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The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

When is the best time to visit British Virgin Islands?

The British Virgin Island’s climate is tropical and humid, moderated by cooling northeast trade winds. Temperatures are pleasantly warm year round, hovering around 27°C (80°F), though it can be significantly lower in the evenings from December to April when the trade winds are at their coolest.

The driest months are usually February to May, with the majority of the island’s rainfall occurring from September to November. However, when the rain does come it’s usually brief, heavy bursts and the average hours of sunshine don’t have a huge variation through the year.

The British Virgin Islands are normally spared the worst of the annual hurricane season (June to November). Hurricane Otto was the last hurricane to affect the island, causing heavy flooding.

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The beauty of the British Virgin Islands is best appreciated by sail boat, hopping from island to island following in the footsteps of pirates such as Blackbeard, so make time for one of the many sailing excursions on offer in the area.

Hannah, Hidden Beaches Specialist

British Virgin Islands Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Guana Island 28°C 68mm 28°C 54mm 28°C 57mm 29°C 88mm 29°C 129mm 30°C 73mm 30°C 85mm 31°C 124mm 31°C 143mm 30°C 161mm 29°C 161mm 28°C 119mm
Tortola 28°C 68mm 28°C 54mm 28°C 57mm 29°C 88mm 29°C 129mm 30°C 73mm 30°C 85mm 31°C 124mm 31°C 143mm 30°C 161mm 29°C 161mm 28°C 119mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in British Virgin Islands

Sandy Spit Island, British Virgin Islands

Visiting British Virgin Islands in February - March

These are the driest months, making them the most popular time to travel, so we recommend booking in advance. The occasional shower is still possible but they are usually short bursts in the late afternoon, clearing the air.

Events & Festivals

  • The 7th March is a public holiday, commemorating the birthday of the islands first Chief Minister, the late Hamilton Lavity Stoutt. There are uniformed parades and relaxed beach barbecues across the islands.
  • Towards the end of March each year is the British Virgin Islands Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, which is based in Nanny Cay.

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