Winter Weather in Virgin Islands National Park
Winter in Virgin Islands National Park is a lovely season with visitation down, temperatures a bit cooler (but still warm to hot), and a plethora of sunshine. Winter brings more tourists than fall but still not as many as spring & summer and is considered a shoulder season on St. John. A big added benefit for visiting in winter over fall & summer is hurricane season is over.
You can also find less expensive flights to the Virgin Islands than in summer & spring when visitation peaks.
In this post we will cover:
- What to Pack & Things to Know for Visiting Virgin Islands in Winter
- Current Weather Virgin Islands National Park
- Virgin Islands National Park Winter Monthly Temperatures
- Things to do in Virgin Islands National Park in Winter
- Winter Activities in Virgin Islands National Park
- More Virgin Islands National Park Seasons & Weather
Francis Bay Beach | Virgin Islands National Park, St John
Things to Know Before Visiting Virgin Islands in Winter
Please, wear sunscreen.
- SUNSCREEN: Goes without saying but we’ll say it anyway – wear sunscreen! The Caribbean is unforgiving on unprotected skin. We’ve made that mistake enough times to make lathering up a top priority. We highly recommend this one that we’ve been using for years and buy in bulk.
Sandals are your friend.
- FOOTWEAR: There’s nothing like the feeling of warm sand between the toes. There’s also nothing quite like the feeling of something sharp and pokey in the toes. The walk to the beach from the parking lot is short but best attempted with something between your feet and the ground, like these sandals that we love. and these sandals which have straps.
Goggles and flippers for the win.
- SNORKEL GEAR: There is an actual underwater trail in Virgin Islands National Park – how cool is that? In order to best experience it along with so many other amazing underwater spots, you need snorkel gear! This is the inexpensive set we used. We also liked this cool American Flag swimming cap
Underwater camera housing… to ruin, or not to ruin.
- UNDERWATER CAMERA HOUSING: So here we must add the caveat that we lost a camera to the depths in Virgin Islands National Park (at Maho Bay). Anytime you get your camera near water, let alone saltwater, you’re taking a risk. With that being said we have used this underwater camera housing in the past and had luck with it.
Rash guards are great for extra UV protection, especially after that inevitable burn.
- RASH GUARD: We were told to be sure and pack rash guards for this trip not so much for the coral etc but for extra UV protection (especially for Will who burns easily). We got these inexpensive ones off amazon and we were sure glad to have them.
Do not touch our dear friend, the sea turtle.
- Sea Turtles: Green Sea Turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Believe it or not it is a felony to touch one. As tempting as it might be, resist the urge and admire from a distance. We’ve all gotten pretty good at social distancing – best to apply these practices to our sea turtle friends as well.
Virgin Islands National Park Current Weather
Here’s a look at the current weather in Virgin Islands National Park.
Winter Monthly Temperatures in Virgin Islands National Park
|December||79F / 68F|
|January||78F / 67F|
|February||79F / 66F|
|March||81F / 67F|
Winter Activities in Virgin Islands National Park
Winter in Virgin Islands National Park does not really limit activities for the average visitor. Some great winter activities include:
- Explore the Reef Bay Trail
- Swim the Underwater Trail at Trunk Bay
- Hike to the America Hill Ruins
- Kayak to Whistling Cay
- Spend a relaxing day on Honeymoon Beach
Interested in what Virgin Islands National Park is like during other times of the year? Check out our other seasonal pages to see which one sounds best for you! Our personal favorite is Fall but Winter is great as well.
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