When to Go

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When to Go

The high season is traditionally winter—from December 15 to the week after the St. Thomas Carnival, usually the last week in April—when northern weather is at its worst. During this season you're guaranteed the most entertainment at resorts and the most people with whom to enjoy it. It's also the most fashionable, the most expensive, and the most popular time to visit—and most hotels are heavily booked. You must make reservations at least two or three months in advance for the very best places (sometimes a year in advance for the most exclusive spots). Hotel prices drop 20% to 50% after April 15; airfares and cruise prices also fall. Saving money isn't the only reason to visit the USVI during the off-season. Summer is usually one of the prettiest times of the year; the sea is even calmer, and things move at a slower pace. The water is clearer for snorkeling and smoother for sailing in May, June, and July.

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