Best time to visit British Virgin Islands

The best time to visit the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is anytime from early-December to mid-April during the dry season, with January through March the most comfortable.

BVI is considered a year-round destination with sunny, clear skies year-round interspersed with brief rain showers.


British Virgin Islands weather

The British Virgin Islands experience a hot, tropical maritime climate that is influenced by the trade winds: December to March is pleasant, with an average temperature around 26°C (79°F), and a hot and muggy period from May to October, when the daily average is around 29°C (84°F).

Which is the hottest month in British Virgin Islands?
The hottest months in the British Virgin Islands are usually August and September, with daytime average high temperatures of 31°C (87°F) and a low of 27°C (80°F)

The hot season lasts from mid-June to mid-October, with an average daily high temperature above 30°C (86°F).

Which is the coldest month in British Virgin Islands?
The coldest month of the year in Road Town is February, with an average high of 28°C (82°F) and low of 24°C (75°F).

The cool season lasts from mid-December through March, with an average daily high temperature below 29°C (84°F).

Which is the sunniest month in the British Virgin Islands?
The sunniest month of the year in the British Virgin Islands is March, with nine hours of bright sunshine per day; that's an average of 73% of daylight hours.

Which month has the most rain in the British Virgin Islands?
September and October are usually the wettest months in the British Virgin Islands with 145mm of rainfall on average, and 14 days with some rain.

The wet season lasts from May to early-December, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. Rainfall is variable, with brief but heavy downpours.

However, even during the peak rainy season from September to November, when you can expect rain most afternoons, there is still plenty of sunshine.

The dry season lasts from January through April: February and March are the driest months.

When is the sea warmest in the British Virgin Islands?
The sea is usually at its warmest in the British Virgin Islands in September when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F).

What are the windiest months in British Virgin Islands?
The windiest month in BVI is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 25.7 kilometres per hour (13.9 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-June to the end of August, with average wind speeds of more than 22 kilometres per hour (11.9 knots).

The calmer time of year lasts from September through to early-June. The month with the least amount of wind month of the year in BVI is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 19.6 kilometres per hour (10.6 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Road Town, Tortola is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in British Virgin Islands?
The likelihood of a tropical storm in the British Virgin Islands is greatest during the hurricane season, with a risk of 3.7% in September. The hurricane season lasts from June to early-November.

The British Virgin Islands lie directly in the track of Atlantic hurricanes traveling from the centre of the Atlantic towards Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The risk of a hurricane striking is greatest from July to October.


Tortola, BVI – Monthly Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max temp (°C)
28 28 28 29 29 30 31 31 31 31 30 29
Average daily min temp (°C)
24 24 24 25 26 27 27 27 27 26 25 24
Daily hours of sunshine
8 8 9 9 8 8 9 9 8 8 7 7
Daily hours of daylight
11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
77 76 76 78 81 81 81 81 81 81 79 77
UV Index (max)
8 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 8 7
Number of days with some rainfall
11 8 8 9 11 9 10 12 14 14 13 12
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
70 50 50 60 105 75 85 110 145 145 130 80
Average wind speed (km/h)
24 24 22 21 21 24 25 24 20 19 22 24
Average daily sea temp (°C)
26 26 26 27 27 28 28 29 29 29 28 27
Road Town, Tortola, BVI

Holiday seasons

High Season: December to May; Low season: June to November.


Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


Latest update: Best time to visit British Virgin Islands: 1 July, 2022



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