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U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands on a Budget

The Virgin Islands are popular year-round, and traditional accommodations can be expensive. Try booking a package deal that combines flights and accommodations, particularly those offered during the rainy season, which can save you hundreds of dollars. If you don't mind more of a self-serve vacation, try a vacation rental, a bed and breakfast or even camping. As for shopping and dining, stay away from the most touristy spots. Ask the property manager or receptionist at your hotel for tips on where to get great local food for cheap.

Best Time to Go to U.S. Virgin Islands

As far as weather goes, the best time to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands -- St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas -- is between December and May. However, accommodations and flights will also be more expensive during that time, particularly during the winter holidays. Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, and while there's always a possibility of running into inclement weather during those months, most storms occur during September and October, so travel during most of the summer is usually worry-free. If you do choose to visit during hurricane season, consider purchasing travel insurance, just in case.

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