Jamaica is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean and with good reason. I'm sure you have heard of the Jamaican ethos “don’t worry, be happy”. Jamaica is famous for it's jerk seasoning, stunning beaches and with some of the best resorts in the Caribbean, Jamaica is an island that should be on everybody's bucket list.
There’s something for everyone in this tropical paradise, whether you love adventures outdoors, you are with your extended family or you are a couple looking for some high-end pampering, you are sure to find it here.
No matter what kind of traveller you are, we’ve got you covered with the definitive guide to Jamaica
What Does It Look Like?
From pristine white sand beaches, thick, vine-filled jungles and soaring mountains to beautiful sunsets, rugged cliffs and vibrant cities: Jamaica has it all.
There are four main areas which most tourists visit: Kingston, the capital city; Ocho Rios, a garden paradise full of resorts; Negril, a laid-back, somewhat hedonistic beach town; and Montego Bay, a busy commercial hub full of shopping and restaurants.
Each region has its own personality which I have broken down for you.
Kingston Kingston the capital city, is not a typical tourist destination. This is due to the high crime rates. Uptown is safer than downtown, though it is not recommended going out at night, even in the safer parts of town. It is, however, home to one of three airports on the island, and if you’re going to stay on the east side of the island, chances are you will fly into the capital.
Montego Bay The busiest tourist destination on the island, Montego Bay (or Mobay), is packed full of high-end and family-friendly resorts as well as shopping, world-class food and drink and plenty of activities. It is also very close to an airport and one of the most popular ports for cruises.
Negril Negril is a smaller town on the far west side of the island, best known for its laid back atmosphere during the day and wild nightlife. This town is great for bachelor and bachelorette parties, couples who enjoy going out and group holidays without the kids.
Ocho Rios Ocho Rios, on the north side of the island towards the east, is close to a lush paradise full of waterfalls, including the famous Dunn’s River Waterfall, a lush spring surrounded by thickets of jungle flora. This town is great for those who enjoy participating in outdoor experiences and interior explorations but it’s a heavily developed tourist town there is no escaping that fact, so if you don’t like being surrounded by high rises, I'd recommend skipping this one.
When to Go
There’s not really a bad time to go to Jamaica, its a beautiful place with loads to do but I would avoid the height of hurricane season (August to November).
High Season vs. Low Season Winter in Jamaica is what most people consider the best time to visit, and with good reason. While most of us are suffering through freezing weather, snowstorms and 4p.m. sunsets, Jamaica boasts average lows from 69 to 71 degrees and highs from 80 to 83 degrees.
Based on flight numbers and booking numbers, Jamaica’s high season is mid-December to mid-April. If you want to go during this time, make sure to book at least two to three months in advance and be prepared to pay more for flights, accommodation, tours, and everything else too.
If you’re adamant on visiting during winter, you can avoid the worst of high season price mark-ups by booking as early as mid-November.
If You Like It Hot If you want to save money and don’t mind the Caribbean heat, July and August both average highs of 88-89 degrees and very low precipitation, which means plenty of sunny skies and beach days.
Avoid October (End of May and June) October is the worst month to visit Jamaica. Not only is it peak hurricane season, October averages 6.54 inches of precipitation, meaning there’s a high likelihood of getting caught in a storm while you’re there.
June is almost equally as dicey: with highs in the upper 80s (almost 88 degrees on average!) and 4.8 inches of precipitation, that is a recipe for a rained out holiday.
MAKING LATE MAY/ EARLY JUNE THE CHEAPEST TIMES TO VISIT