Make tracks for Jamaica during the UK’s winter months to escape the cold, as high season – also known as dry season – falls from mid-December to mid-April. At this time of year, the average temperature sits between a toasty 29 and 32°c. Think blue skies, and plenty of opportunities to top up your tan. The combination of warm weather and low rainfall makes these months the best time of year to visit the island for laidback beach holidays.
Like the majority of the Caribbean, Jamaica has a rainy season, running from May to November. But don’t worry that it’ll make your holiday a washout – showers tend to be short blasts in the afternoon, followed by sunshine.
Jamaica’s official hurricane season runs from June to November, with most of the storm activity taking place in the late-summer months and autumn, including August, September, and October.
The best way to avoid the crowds is to visit outside of high season. January, February, and mid-March are the months when the hotels are at their busiest, so try November or December if you’d rather have a quieter holiday. Or, if you’re after an early spring break, skip the island’s capital, Kingston, and head to Montego Bay instead. Alongside the luxurious hotels there are miles of beaches, made for both relaxation and watersports.
Bob Marley Celebrations
Warm weather isn’t the only reason February is a good time to visit Jamaica. Reggae music’s biggest star is honoured every year with a week of celebrations. Loads of the events take place at the Bob Marley Museum, including karaoke contests, fashion shows, exhibitions, and concerts.
International Reggae Day
Celebrate the influence reggae music has had on Jamaican culture and around the world at this day-long party. The festival focuses on bringing people together using music, media, and communication – and you can expect plenty of nods to the original king of reggae, Bob Marley.
Jamaica Food and Drink Festival
If you and your tribe are foodies, get Jamaica’s Food and Drink Festival on your to-do list. Spend five days on the island celebrating the tastiest dishes and biggest names in the Jamaican food scene. Try traditional favourites like jerk chicken and crispy pork belly, before sampling international delicacies like Peking duck and sushi.
Does spending your next New Year’s Eve on an island paradise sound ideal? Gather with thousands of locals to watch the free fireworks as you ring in the New Year on Kingston’s Down Town Harbour.
Positioned on Negril's famous Seven Mile Beach, puts white sands and the Caribbean Sea in the palm of your hand.
A beachfront setting, a big swimming pool and plenty of food choices – the Riu Montego Bay proves its worth as a Jamaican retreat.
Three outdoor pools, à la carte dining, and free Wi-Fi are just a few things you can expect at the Riu Negril.
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