Recently the folks who participate in the popular USVI-on-Line St John Forum have had a spirited discussion about WHEN is it best to go to St John. Seems like there is no ‘right’ answer. Some say just about any time is right. Others are absolutely adamant that their time is the right time. Birthday or anniversary dates sometimes determine the schedule.
Many have practical ($$$ or school vacations) or romantic (an anniversary) reasons why they visit St John at certain times of year:
Summer is popular – Teachers and families with students, some who depend on teachers or students to house sit their pooch (or children, yes, some people escape to St John without their children!). It is cooler on St John than ‘back home’ (in Midwest, South, and sometimes even the Northeast). Many said that summer is also a more ‘laid back’ time on the island. Some mentioned that the villa prices are often significantly less than during the winter months. Carnival season (June and into the first week of July) were mentioned as driving the schedule.
Fall is also popular; just before it gets cold ‘back home’ so they can get away without fear of running into snow storms (back home, of course, and not on St John!). Others like the fall shoulder season rates. Certainly, being on St John for Thanksgiving is a treat. A farmer (of a vineyard) wrote they go in the fall immediately after harvest. The water is warm, the beaches and restaurants are ‘all yours’. Halloween on St John is a ‘blast’ wrote one person.
Winter, to no one’s surprise, is a popular time for many. The frigid – and long – Mid-West and New England winters were reasons many chose the winter months as the most desirable time to be on St John. The 8-Tuff Mile race in the middle of February is a draw for many. Spending Christmas or New Year’s on St John was mentioned as very, very special.
Spring, yup, also popular – Many said that the Caribbean is where they head as soon as the villa rates drop (usually mid-April). There were votes for spring or fall to ‘flank our long awful winters with trips to St John’ wrote one.
There were many who go to St John several times a year. I guess there is a season for everyone when it comes to planning a trip to St John!