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Sandy Spit Island in the 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.

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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

British Virgin Islands

Visiting British Virgin Islands in June - November

An excellent value time to travel, prices are often a fraction of those offered during the high season. Rainfall is at its highest, peaking in October. This usually consists of relatively short but heavy tropical showers. However, there are still plenty of sunshine hours and the islands becomes more lush with rich green vegetation and beautiful tropical flowers. The official hurricane season falls between July and November, although storms rarely occur before September.

Events & Festivals

  • In August the islands celebrate the emancipation from slavery, with parades, concerts, horse races and sailing regattas. Spread over a busy two weeks, it’s the main annual festival.

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