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British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands on a Budget

The U.S. dollar is the legal currency of the British Virgin Islands. The summer offers the best chance of discounted airfare and lodging. It's also easier to get restaurant reservations, tee times and access to transportation when the crowds are lighter. Guesthouses, cottage rentals and even campgrounds offer budget-friendly options. There's plenty of access to free beaches, and some of the resorts even allow access to their waterfront. Try some of the smaller, less developed islands for exploration; ferries can get you between islands. Rustic hangouts feature such extras as beachfront lounge chairs, hammocks and entertainment, in addition to powerful cocktails, burgers and barbecue.

Best Time to Go to British Virgin Islands

With average winter temperatures around 77 degrees Fahrenheit and average summer temps around 82, there is hardly a bad time to visit, except perhaps August and September when it can be quite hot and many businesses shut down. It does rain occasionally, especially in autumn, but it's usually just a brief tropical shower. However, hurricane season from June through November always carries a risk of devastating weather. High season is December through mid-April, during which the crowds can be intense. Christmas, New Year's and Carnival are especially busy and festive times in the islands.

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