People who’ve visited the US Virgin Islands know that everything about this destination is incredible. The beaches, snorkeling, and hiking are all no less than spectacular. But while it’s possible to visit any time of year, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning a trip to St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas during hurricane season. So before you go diving into your vacation planning headfirst, here’s what you need to know about hurricanes in the USVI:
June: Hurricane Season Starts
The USVI hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30. However, it’s important to note that the peak of hurricane season is mid-August through mid-October. This is when tropical storms are most likely to develop into full-blown hurricanes, so if you decide to visit during this time, keep an eye on the weather forecast and make preparations for your trip in advance (like buying supplies).
July: Hurricane Intensity Increases, But No Storms Are Guaranteed.
The hurricane season in the United States Virgin Islands can be unpredictable, but it’s always worth preparing for. The weather and climate in the USVI are influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, which can bring heavy rains from tropical storms or hurricanes.
The highest risk for hurricanes and tropical storms is during August, September, and October, when these events are more likely to occur. However, it would help if you always kept an eye on your local news stations and online forecasts during hurricane season.
August: Peak Season Begins
August is the peak of the hurricane season. While the weather might interrupt, the Virgin Islands Agricultural Fair, held in St. Croix, attracts thousands of people each year to celebrate agriculture and its heritage in the Virgin Islands. St John Carnival will be held from late July through early August.
September & October: Heavy & Consistent Rain
September and October are considered the worst year for hurricanes and tropical storms. Although the hurricane season typically lasts from June to November, it’s at its peak from mid-August to October.
November: Hurricane Season Ends
The hurricane season ends in November, and it may be an excellent time to take a 10k race on St. John. While hurricane season doesn’t end until the 31st, you might be careful when running to avoid getting hit by falling coconuts or trees blown over by the wind.
December: High-Season for Tourism
If you’re looking for the best time to visit the US Virgin Islands, December is the month to go. It’s a popular high-season time for both tourists and locals alike—and with good reason. The islands are at their most beautiful in December, thanks to warm weather that’s not too hot or humid, sunny days, and dry evenings. The water is warm enough for swimming and snorkeling (but don’t forget your sunscreen!), and every beach has its unique personality: some are quiet while others have lively bars that serve drinks all day long.
November is the end of hurricane season, so you should be aware of its limitations if you want to travel during this time. December is the highest season and has the best weather. January to March has excellent weather and lots of festivals, but it can be busy. April and May are quiet but also have perfect weather. June marks the start of hurricane season again, so you should take precautions if traveling at this time of year.