When the weather turns in the BVI, it normally only lasts for a short period and it is rarely torrential. These sun-showers quench the flora's thirst and commonly give way to rainbows (even double rainbows :-) - check out the funny video at the bottom). From time to time however, it can rain for days on end, but doesn't mean that this has to spoil your fun.
Here are the 5 best ways to spend
rainy days in the BVI:
1- Go Snorkeling:
There is only upside when snorkeling in the rain. Think about it: you'll likely have the place all to yourself, the sun will be much less intense, and unless the wind is blowing up a gail, the sea's roughness should be nearly par.
2 - Get your game on:
One of my favorite times in the BVI was on a rainy day on Anegada. With two new pals at Cow Wreck Bar, my father and I were taught a local version of dominoes (where you have to slam the bones on each move). We were drinking Heinekens, and listening to the "The Spy Who Shagged Me" soundtrack on repeat, and it was just good fun. I know it sounds silly, but it is a really warm memory of mine. Sometimes it's the simple things right? So you get the idea: play some cards, play board games, connect to the WiFi on your mobile devices and/or computers and play any online game you can think of -- Words With Friends anyone?
3 - Hit up U.P.'s Cineplex:
U.P.'s Cineplex in Road Town has a treasure trove of indoor fun to be had. Catch a flick in one of their 5 theaters, heckle your family and friends on their bowling abilities, or challenge your skills on UP's pool tables or arcade games. How about having some throwback fun on their rollerskating rink? Here's a link to their movie show times:
4 - Venture Elsewhere:
Just because it is raining where you are, doesn't necessarily mean that is the case elsewhere close by. Humidity and precipitation is heavy and to make it over the mountains sometimes a clouds need shed their weight by raining. The other side of the hill, the other side of the island, or on adjacent islands may indeed be sunny. Check out ferries or even a last minute day charter (with plenty of leverage vis a vis discount negotiations). There is a sort of micro-climate effect in the BVI, where one island may have drought conditions, while another is flooding.
5 - Take a Hike:
Mount Sage's rainforest canopy will keep you relatively dry and is a great way to beat the rain. It's a roughly 45 minute beginner to intermediate hike, with a few places to catch some views along the way.
Have any rainy day ideas to add? Please share them in the comments below or email me at: BVIAficionado@gmail.com.