Below are my notes for visiting the British Virgin Islands. These travel tips, such as the best time to visit the British Virgin Islands are obtained from a variety of sources including some of the following: my first hand observations, personal conversations, magazines, newspapers, websites, books and so forth. Whenever I hear something that interests me about the British Virgin Islands, I jot it down here. Hope this comes in handy.
Best Time to Visit the British Virgin Islands
Short Answer: Year-round with October through May best.
Longer Answer: High season (great water, high prices, more energy) are December, January and February, March. Prices perk up for the Regatta, a sailing race that runs a week in either late March or early April. You might be able to hit a sweet spot with rates after New Year’s and before February.
Weather is still nice and rates fall for October and November, as well as April and May (outside of Regatta and perhaps Easter, etc).
July through September are hotter with increased dew points. Some steer away from this period for hurricanes as well (although these can also happen in October and early November). In reality, these months are okay (especially for value hunters). I wouldn’t AVOID this period but if you have a choice, I’d choose differently.
Miscellaneous Travel Tips for the British Virgin Islands
Of the islands:
Tortola: Commercial center, more developed, beaches
Virgin Gorda: quiet, beaches, hiking, snorkeling (Devil’s Bay). Great place to base yourself.
Jost Van Dyke: parties on New Years Eve & Halloween, beach bars, great beach (White Bay), generally quiet/natural
Anegada: great for snorkeling and diving, great beaches
Guana, Necker, Peter: luxury islands. Necker and Guana are more exclusive logistically.
Ferry service available from Tortola to many of the islands and day trips are certainly doable.
Campgrounds available on some islands.
Hitchhiking is normal to get around land…and if flexible, you can get around on ship if you are social and hit it right.