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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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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

Tortola Beach, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Visiting British Virgin Islands in January

January has an average high of 29°C (84°F), falling to a comfortable 20°C (68°F) in the balmy evenings. Although there are rainy days, it is still one of the driest months, with brief, tropical showers giving way to sunshine for the rest of the day. It is a popular month to travel and we recommend booking well in advance.

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.
Guana Island, British Virgin Islands

Visiting British Virgin Islands in April - May

These months can be a great time to travel as prices are lower and the weather is only slightly wetter than in February and March. Temperatures average a comfortable 26°C (78°F).

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.
The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Visiting British Virgin Islands in December

The beginning of the dry season, although there are still occasional showers, usually only lasting a few hours in the late afternoon. The islands are wonderfully lush after the rainy season. Christmas is a very popular time to visit, with many people booking a year or more in advance.

Events & Festivals

  • New Year is celebrated with island-wide enthusiasm. There are many lively beach parties, local concerts and more refined parties and a la carte banquets.

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