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BVI in July ?

Hello.
I have some sailing experience in Leeward Islands (between St Martin and Dominica). I have been there in January this year and in March last year.

I plan to go to Tortola (BVI) this July.

Can anyone please help me understand how BVI in July would compare to Leewards in Jan/March.

Can I expect to be very hot and humid ?
Can I expect mosquitoes ?
Can I still hope to have good winds ?

Any other advice ?

I would appreciate your help.
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This is a sample of June, you can only imagine July...
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Is July so bad that no-one ever tried it?
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In summer when you die and go to hell, God sends you to the BVI for orientation!
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Forget the pundit's jibes. The BVI in July-August is just fine. Over the past 35 years or so, most of my sailing there has been during the summer months.

There are a few differences, however, as compared to Jan-Feb:

1. The winds tend to be a bit lighter, and more from the E and SE than from the NE and ENE quadrants.

2. The average temperature is warmer, indeed, and feels like it. However, the temperature in the BVI only varies about 5 degs F winter-to-summer on average; somehow, though, summer seems warmer.

3. Sailing is still very good, and the islands are still great. You'll want to spend your time at anchorages rather than in marinas, where wind is plentiful and it feels considerably cooler than in marinas.

4. Mosquitos are not particularly bad in summer. The BVI has a spraying program which keeps the little monsters at bay. Compared to the Virgins of 20-30 years ago, insects are MUCH less prevalent.

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BVI in July

I lived in the Virgins for ten years. It is just a tad hotter, the bugs are the same year round, the winds still blow, but the greatest thing about Summer in the Virgins is that most of the tourist are gone. So go and enjoy.
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Thomaz...Bill has it right. Have done it myself in July. The only things I'd add to his post is that a LOT of places close down in the summer so you don't have the same selection of restaurants etc. that you do at other times of the year. Also...it is hurricane season and one of those can put a dent in your enjoyment!
On the plus side...you don't have to grab a mooring by 2PM since thee are far fewer charter boats in action in July.
By all means go...it is impossible not to have a great time there at any time of year!
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Tomaz,
I was there in August of 2005. Katrina rolled by just north of us, but it turned out to be a net plus, as it provided some relief from the sun. Some places shut down, but I don't think the lack of service is terribly widespread until August. Winds tend to be light. Didn't have a mosquito problem, but the no-see-ums came up in the evening. If you're a hardcore alcoholic, it's a great time to go, as there aren't very many people around to embarrass yourself in front of. But if you're not a hardcore alcoholic it can still be fun. Either way, you'll have a great time.
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