Discover the Best Time to Visit Jamaica for Ideal Weather

Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Bay of Water, Harbor, Beach
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Written by Patrick MacFarland

Updated: September 15, 2023

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If you’re hoping to escape cold weather this winter, one of the best countries to fly to is Jamaica. Jamaica is an island nation in the Caribbean, which is famous for Jamaican rum, the beginning of reggae music, and its delicious Blue Mountain coffee. Although it gets near-perfect weather year-round, the best time to visit Jamaica is from December to April. 

There are many fun things to do in Jamaica during these months because the weather will be amazing with no chance of rain. Hit up clean, sandy beaches or explore Kingston or Montego Bay. When you leave Jamaica, you’ll have amazing memories of a stress-free time and relaxation.

If you want to visit Jamaica or have already booked your trip, we’ll give you everything we know about the average temperatures, temperature records, and rainfall during the best time of the year. We’ll also explore some fun activities to do and delicious things to eat while you are in the island nation of Jamaica.

Aerial View Of A Cliff In Portland Jamaica

“Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” made popular by Jamaican-American singer Harry Belafonte, is a traditional Jamaican song.

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Average Temperature in Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the few countries that has near-perfect temperatures for the entire year. 

There isn’t much rain during the nice season and the sun shines brightly throughout the day. If you visit Jamaica during its best time, you’ll be in luck. When it comes to the average temperatures, it ranges from a high of 89 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius) to a low of 73 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius).

In terms of daylight hours, it varies throughout the year, but sunrise can usually be around 6:00 a.m. and sunset is at around 7:00 p.m., which gives you about 13 hours of daylight. That’s plenty of time to lay on the beach and explore Jamaica’s sights!

The Hottest Temperature on Record

Jamaica is a hot country year-round. It does get its rain, of course, and sometimes is cold. But mostly, you’ll enjoy beach weather throughout the year. When it comes to records, the hottest temperature ever recorded was 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) on June 22, 2019.

The Coldest Temperature on Record

Carribean sea

Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond series, wrote all 14 James Bond novels in Jamaica.

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Although not known to be a cold country, the coldest temperature in Jamaica ever recorded was 62 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) in January 2022. For some living in the Nordic countries, that’s a regular Tuesday in June!

Rainfall in Jamaica

The wet season in Jamaica is from May to November. But rainfall is not common in Jamaica. The total average rainfall the country gets throughout the year is about 82 inches. 

UV Index During the Best Time in Jamaica

Jamaica has near-perfect weather throughout the year. When it comes to the best season from December to April, the sun shines extra brightly. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can be damaging when the UV Index is high. For Jamaica, there is a UV Index of 8. This means that sun exposure can cause damage to the skin and eyes extremely quickly.

To protect yourself, you should wear sunscreen and continue putting it on every few hours. Wear loose clothing to avoid overheating and get a hat to cover yourself, too.

Natural Disasters in Jamaica

Jamaica is not immune to natural disasters. Being an island, Jamaica is extremely exposed to hurricane threats, tropical storms, and flooding. Besides that, some earthquakes and droughts have plagued the country.

The most common natural disasters to hit Jamaica are hurricanes. Around the late summer and autumn months, Jamaica can experience hurricanes. The worst ones have devastated Jamaicans and the economy as a whole, putting financial woes on its most vulnerable residents and small businesses. Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988 was the biggest hurricane to land in Jamaica, which caused extreme damage and devastation.

In the later years, there has been increasing worry about droughts in the island nation. With climate change creating more problems worldwide, droughts have severely impacted farms and the agriculture sector in Jamaica. 

Visiting Jamaica

Kingston city hills in Jamaica

The film

Cool Runnings

was inspired by the real-life Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

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With amazing weather year-round, it’s really easy to visit Jamaica and have the best of times. There are activities for whatever mood you’re in. Let’s start with some indoor activities. If you’re in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, go to the Bob Marley Museum and learn all about his life and music. Take a tour of a ghost mansion in Montego Bay, where you may spot ghosts of European landowners still haunting the Georgian plantation.

For fun outdoor activities, head to Black’s River on the south coast of the island. There you can explore the wetlands and see some crocodiles! Some of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Jamaica, so make sure you go see some like the famous Climb Dunns River Falls. The Blue Mountains are famous for being the source of production of Jamaica’s delicious coffee and beer, but you can also bike and hike on the mountains.

Finally, hit the beautiful beaches of Jamaica. You’ll have never-ending options of all-inclusive resorts in Montego Bay or Ochos Rios. Swim in the sea, lay on the beach, and relax all day!

Things to Eat and Drink in Jamaica

Jamaica is such a diverse country and that has influenced its food and drinks. Many have influenced the island nation and as such, the cuisines end up being a mix of different cultures. 

Let’s start with the must-tries! Jerk chicken, a total Jamaican chicken dish is essential for you to eat. Slow-cooked over a fire and spicy seasoning, it’s a delicious treat after a long day exploring the sights!

If you’re craving seafood, try ackee and saltfish. Ackee is a fruit that tastes kind of like a lychee fruit and it goes well with salted cod. And for some bread on the side, make sure you order a basket of fried breadfruit. Hungry at the beach? Go for some quick eats like Jamaican beef patties, which are similar to Cornish pasties, only spicier.

Have dinner at Margaritaville Bar and Restaurant and get a sunset view of the ocean. You might even be lucky and hear the actual song by Jimmy Buffet while you’re there. Pair the sunset view with some of Jamaica’s specialties — Blue Mountain coffee for a little pick-me-up, Jamaican rum, or a Jamaican Red Stripe beer.

Fun Facts About Jamaica

Flag of Jamaica waving in wind

Jamaica is the largest-speaking island in the Caribbean that speaks English, although they also speak Creole and Patois.

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  • Jamaica’s mountains contain prehistoric fossils.
  • The world’s second-largest coral reefs are in Jamaica.
  • Jamaica claimed independence on August 6, 1962, the first Caribbean island to do so.
  • The infamous Captain Morgan made Jamaica his home. And yes, the rum is named after him.
  • Before the English ruled the island, the Spanish held control for 150 years.
  • The Jamaican flag consists of three colors: green, which stands for agriculture; gold, which stands for sunlight; and black, which stands for the strength of Jamaicans.

Final Thoughts

Jamaica is world-famous for its sandy beaches, its near-perfect weather all year round, and its wonderful, vibrant culture. Every day you spend in Jamaica will be filled with fun activities like city exploration, nature hikes, and beach getaways. You will learn about the rich cultural history of a country that is joyous and upbeat.

As you explore Jamaica and relish in its glorious sun, with a cocktail in hand, think about how amazing that view of the Caribbean Sea is. You will end your trip in a positive way, joining in on the jubilance of this amazing island nation. When that holiday is over, you’ll wish you stayed in Jamaica!


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Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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