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Best Times to Visit British Virgin Islands

The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands is September to November, after the worst threat of hurricane season and before the crushing crowds of the winter holidays. Plus fall room rates on these super expensive islands are the lowest you'll find all year. Divers should plan a trip for winter and spring -- the summer is the absolute worst time for visibility underwater -- and sailors should try to visit in March, during the BVI Spring Regatta.


This is when the BVI's winter hat trick -- sunny skies, pleasant breeze and very little rain -- lures the most visitors. Temperatures linger in the high 60s to high 70s, and they aren't the only thing that's high. Some resorts charge upward of $500 a night for a room. This is a great time to party, however; the New Year's Celebrations on Jost Van Dyke are some of the most popular throughout the Caribbean.

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It's unfortunate that more people don't experience the British Virgin Islands at this time of year because the weather truly is divine. Temperatures range from the low 70s to mid 80s, and there are some great deals on airfare and hotels. For the best rates, plan a trip for early March, late April or May. That way you'll bypass the crowds and expense of Regatta season. This is also a great time for divers to visit -- visibility under water is at its best.

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Finding a hotel that's open in summer can be a challenge, but those that are operating offer more reasonable rates. In general, the islands see little rain, but showers do pick up around July and there is the threat of hurricanes for the remainder of summer into early fall. For clear skies, travel in June.

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  • Emancipation Festival (Late July-Early August)
September-November British Virgin Islands hotels and vacation rentals offer pretty good incentives to visit at this time of year (you could possibly get a hotel for $200 a night -- $100 a night if you're lucky), and the worst of the hurricane season is over by September's end. Average temperatures are in the low 80s.

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