DRY SEASON – December through March
Though there is a joke that summer lasts all year long in the Virgin Islands, it is noticeably cooler during the dry season from December to March, even early April. Because the Islands are so close to the equator, you will enjoy long hours of sunshine, but don’t forget that the sun’s rays will therefore be that much stronger.
During the dry season, it’s best to stick to light fabrics and colors. Choose quick-dry tank tops and lightweight shorts if you are walking or hiking. As it gets cooler at night, opt for something flowy, such as a maxi dress or a skirt, coupled with a shawl or something to wrap around your shoulders should you get cold. Men would do well to stick to linen shirts (known as guayaberas) for strolling around or going out to dinner, as these are breathable yet stylish.
Always remember to pack a few bathing suits, as you’ll be engaging in many water activities. And as usual, sunscreen is a must.
The average temperature during the dry season remains at a comfortable 73℉ as a low and hovers around 86℉ as a high (23℃ to 30℃). Water temperatures are typically around 79℉ to 81℉ all year round (26℃ to 27℃).
WET SEASON – April through November
Rainfall during the wet season can last for as a little as 20 minutes to a full afternoon, depending on where you’re travelling. For this reason, it is in your best interest to bring an umbrella, a rain jacket, and shoes that you don’t mind walking around in while it’s raining.
Although there is a known wet season, don’t think your plans will be ruined by the weather. You can still pack your favorite items to go hiking in or swimming in, and as long as you cover yourself for potential rain, you can also bring a nice outfit to go out on the town. As the wet season is also part of the hotter group of months, protect yourself from the sun’s rays with a sun hat and some sunglasses.
The average temperature during the wet season can range from a low of 77℉ to a high of 90℉ (25℃ to 32℃). Water temperatures typically stay around 79℉ to 81℉ all year round (26℃ to 27℃).