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US Virgin Islands Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

Hot throughout the year, cooled by the eastern trade winds. Lowland areas have fairly evenly distributed rainfall, with August to October being the wettest time.

Required clothing

Lightweight clothes throughout the year. Umbrella or light waterproof clothing is useful.

Geography

The islands are situated 64km (40 miles) east of Puerto Rico and comprise some 50 islands covered with lush tropical vegetation. St Thomas is long and narrow, rising abruptly to a ridge with an excellent deep-water harbour. St John is covered partly in bay forests. St Croix consists of 215 sq km (83 sq miles) of rolling ex-plantation land.