BVI Christmas in July

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BVI Christmas in July

The British Virgin Islands' version of Christmas in July is a beach party unlike any you’ve seen before in the heart of the Caribbean. Join the fun as the glittering turquoise Savannah Bay fills with hundreds of boats, from big yachts to small leisure boats, party flotillas, solo vessels, and charter sailing yachts.

Along the white sandy beaches dotted with Caribbean partygoers, the festivities are in full swing – music and the scents of delectable local foods fill the air over the bay where hundreds of people of all ages come for dancing, swimming, and summer fun in the sun. 

With a BVI sailing charter from Navigare Yachting, it’s easy to explore the region and join the festivities! Our base is located in Road Town, Tortola, making it a short sail from the majestic Virgin Gorda, home to the world-famous The Baths. 

It’s not a Christmas vibe unless you get some awesome deals, right? Our current flat-rate sailing pricing on departures booked through August 2024 ensures you get the lowest prices in the industry when you book directly with our team of experts. Take advantage of amazing deals on luxury catamarans such as this Lagoon 40, available in July for only $500 per day. 

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What is Christmas in July?

You may have heard of Christmas in July, a celebration that originated in the southern hemisphere where July is a winter month. It is meant for people to congregate and rejoice in the festive spirit even far outside the typical Christmas season. 

In the British Virgin Islands, Christmas in July is a special holiday with a unique background and meaning, particularly uniting the Caribbean locals of the BVI and Puerto Rico. 

After Hurricane Irma in 2017, which caused devastating damage to the British Virgin Islands, the people from Puerto Rico filled their boats with supplies and sailed over to lend a helping hand to the people in the BVI. In other words, the people of Puerto Rico played a crucial role in the rescue and reconstruction efforts in the BVI in the aftermath of the hurricane. 

While the Christmas in July event existed before the 2017 Hurricane, it was made bigger and more special after the natural disaster that caused major destruction all over the BVI. As a token of appreciation to the Puerto Ricans and in honor of unity, a celebratory tradition was formed in the BVI that built on the already-existing Christmas in July party. A week-long event now takes place every year around July 25, during which hundreds of boats and people from Puerto Rico, informally known as the “Puerto Rico Navy”, as well as tourists and locals, arrive to join in on the fun. 


How to Celebrate Christmas in July

There is no better way to celebrate Christmas in July than while on a luxury sailing catamaran. Go all in and put up a novelty tree in the salon if you’d like, we’re all about decorating! While the festivities started in honor of the relationship between the BVI and Puerto Rico, it’s an event where everyone is welcome. With live music, world-class rum, and delicious Caribbean food, it’s a popular event that draws visitors from North America and beyond. The British Virgin Islanders sure know how to throw a party! The celebration takes place on the beach in Savannah Bay on Virgin Gorda, one of the largest islands in the BVI. You can join the partygoers on the other boats near the beach or sail by to the beat of your drum. 


Navigare Yachting makes it easy for guests to customize their ideal itinerary, or let our experts lead the way with scenic routes that will surely mesmerize even the most seasoned travelers.

The BVI Christmas in July festivities have grown every year and attracted sponsorship from businesses including beer companies, rum companies, and banks. The growing popularity of this event was evident by the record-breaking Christmas in July celebration in 2023, where 5000 people and hundreds of boats came to Virgin Gorda to experience this vibrant giant beach party. Will you be joining this year?

Christmas in July with Navigare Yachting

Those who’ve experienced Christmas in July on Virgin Gorda say it’s a unique experience that even frequent visitors would find mesmerizing. With our BVI sailing charters ready to go for the festivities, your Christmas in July experience is easily within reach! Add a fun twist to your peaceful summer with off-season sailing at flat-rate prices in the BVI.

The high-season winter months in the BVI and early spring are when most tourists flock to this Caribbean hotspot. BVI weather in July is vibrant, and the water is comfortably warm. 

The summer months, while still highly desirable, are known to be a lot more relaxed on the water with far fewer crowds to occupy the popular beaches, bars, and world-famous restaurants. It doesn’t hurt that the summer months mean fewer boats to compete for precious mooring balls in the bays.

Simply put, July is one of the best times of year to visit the BVI, and with our exclusive flat-rate pricing, it’s never been more affordable. For a limited time, you can sail a 3-cabin luxury catamaran for as low as $500 per day! Check out some of our featured yachts such as this Lagoon 40 “Maramor” and don’t hesitate to chat with our experts if you need help planning your next getaway!

Since 2001, over 350,000+ charter guests have set sail with Navigare - it’s safe to say that your yachting adventure will be in capable hands. With 12 exotic locations worldwide, the possibilities are endless! Whether you're an experienced sailor or a first-time adventurer, Navigare Yachting opens up a world of exploration, discovery, and sailing that comes with complete peace of mind.

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