Virgin Islands, British climate
The British Virgin Islands are sub-tropical and have high humidity. Temperatures are made much more comfortable by trade winds, averaging 26 to 31 C in the summer and 22 to 28 C in the winter. Rainfall is sporadic and there have been droughts.
When to fly to Virgin Islands, British
Peak season is December to May, when the weather is cold in North America and Europe.
November to June is the peak season for divers (away from any possible hurricanes).
The rainy season arrives between September and November. Rainfall is usually in short bursts, however, and everything dries off quickly afterwards. This can be the best time to get a cheap flight to the British Virgin Islands.
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Getting around Virgin Islands, British
Driving is the easiest means of getting around. Cars and jeeps are both available to hire, but you will need a driving license for the British Virgin Islands, which costs around $10.
British Virgin Islands flights are easy available for travel between the islands, though this is a luxurious rather than practical means of travel. There are air charter companies, most of them based on Beef Island. Ferries are available between the islands.
Virgin Islands, British insider information
- The largest of the islands is Tortola, also the site of the airport and arrival point for all flights to the British Virgin Islands. It’s worth spending a few days here on arrival – there are many restaurants and shops as well as good beach accommodation.
- Fishing is extremely popular in the waters around the BVI. Before you cast off, make sure you’ve got a fishing permit, which is required for all foreigners wishing to remove anything from the sea. This can be purchased from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour.
- There are plenty of reefs and wrecks in the seas for divers to explore. Around the island of Anegada, more than 300 ships have run aground on the coral over the years. As a consequence, this is one of the favorite spots for divers.
- Try the local food and drink: a freshly-caught lobster for supper and a “painkiller” cocktail. The latter is made of rum, pineapple juice, coconut, orange juice and fresh nutmeg and is the cocktail of choice in the country.