One word- Jamaica- and one’s mind is rushed with colourful, vibrant and lively people and culture. Situated in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is an island country, roughly 10, 990 square kilometres in size. It was originally inhabited by indigenous Arawak and Taíno people, who arrived and settled on the island in ancient times. Discovery of the isle by Christopher Columbus was followed by a wave of man slaughter, where thousands of these natives were brutally killed; the remaining succumbed to alien diseases, for which they had no immunity.
Despite a history that dark, the present Jamaica is one of the brightest places on the planet. Known for the warmth, happiness and adventure that hangs in its aura, this island country attracts tourists in huge flocks. The breath-taking beaches, crystal blue waters, unique culture, exotic cuisine, beautiful sceneries and lush gardens and forests promise a distinct experience to its visitors.
It is important to plan your trip to Jamaica carefully. This is primarily because of its location on the climate map. The country can be classified as tropical; therefore, high temperatures, uncomfortable levels of humidity and precipitation are no strangers to Jamaica. However, a tour through this isle is no disappointment. In fact, if timed accordingly, the Jamaican experience turns out to be the best, one can ever get. So, if you want to live to your fullest while you journey through Jamaica, read the detailed, month-by-month guide of the Jamaican climate:
January enjoys a cooler temperature and is a great time to visit Jamaica. The average daily temperature reaches almost 25°C, while the highest and lowest during the day and the night time might just reach 28°C and 21°C. There is sun shine of about 9 hours each day during this month. The average rainfall volume sums to about 70mm over a course of 12 days of the month. History buffs should visit the charming town of Falmouth, a site of serious historical significance in Jamaica.
This month is usually classed as a winter season however Jamaica is warmer and mild. The average daily temperature during this month reaches around 25°C, while the highest and the lowest temperatures during the day and during the night touch nearly 28°C and 21°C. The sun shines 9 hours each day during this month. The average rainfall during this time of the year reaches 30mm over a course of 8 days only. Situated along the Great River in the Lethe Estates, Jamaica Zip-line Adventure Tours is the ideal attraction for adrenaline junkies who want a unique way to see the surrounding country.
This month is marked as the start of spring season here in Jamaica. The average daily temperature during this month reaches around 26°C. While the day time may reach almost 29°C, the nights might touch 22°C during this month. There is 9 hours of direct sun shine during the day. The precipitation is in the form of rainfall spread over 9 days of the month totaling 30mm in volume. A hiker’s paradise, the Blue Mountains are a sight you’ll want to see if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the nature of the country and escape your resort for a day.
The month of April is similar to the previous month. The average daily temperature reaches around 26°C. The days and nights might reach an average temperature of about 29°C and 26°C at most. The sun, however, shines longer, totaling 10 hours each day. The average rainfall during this month totals to about 60mm just over a course of 9 days. Jamaica is abundant in natural beauty and Irie Blue Hole is no exception to the rule which is a must visit.
The month of May sees an increase in the temperature. The average daily temperature might reach almost 27°C. During the day it can get as warm as 30°C and at night it can get as low as 23°C. The average sun shine hours during this month totals to about 10 hours. The precipitation is in the form of rainfall totaling a volume of about 80mm over a course of 13 days of the month. For land-based thrills, head to Mystic Mountain near Ocho Rios to ride the bobsled on a 1000-metre track down the hillside, inspired by the Jamaican bobsled team who featured in the film Cool Runnings.
The month of June is a hot month. The average daily temperature during this month reaches around 28°C. Temperatures during the day can reach nearly 31°C, and 24°C during the night hours. The sun shines 10 hours each day. The average rainfall volume during this moth reaches around 80mm over a time of 11 days only. Situated in the Parish of St Elizabeth, YS Falls is the place to go during your June-holiday, if you want to witness some of the breathtaking natural beauty Jamaica has to offer.
This is the hottest month of the year. The average daily temperature during this month reaches around 29°C. The highest temperature during the day, and the lowest one at night time can be around 33°C and 24°C. There is plenty of sun shine during this month which sums up to around 11 hours each day. The average rainfall settles in volume, to about 60mm during this month, spread in scattered showers over a 10 day time period. July is the month of music, with the Reggae Sumfest celebrating the life and music of iconic musician and activist Bob Marley, as well as the reggae music genre as a whole.
This month is considered to be the final summer month. The average daily temperature reaches around 29°C. The highest and the lowest temperatures during this month may reach nearly 33°C and 24°C. The sun shines 10 hours straight. The average rainfall during this month reaches 80mm over a course of 12 days only. Jamaica is home to a number of tropical gardens and animal sanctuaries, most of which are in easy reach of Montego Bay which is a must visit.
The month of September may be considered to be the start of the fall season. The average daily temperature during this month reaches around 28°C, while the days can be expected to be as hot as 31°C and as low as 24°C. The sun shines 10 hours each day during this month, however, there is a lot of rainfall during this month. The volume may reach 110mm over a course of 14 days. Visitors, young and old, will find something to enjoy at Yaaman Adventure Park, which makes for a great day of family fun.
October is the wettest month of the year. With an average rainfall reaching 130mm over a course of 15 days, the weather is much unanticipated. The average daily temperature during this month reaches around 27°C, while the highest and lowest may touch nearly 30°C and 24°C. The sun shines bright for 8 hours each day. One of the oldest attractions in Jamaica are the Hope Gardens, which date back to the 1870s and house a fabulous array of endemic and exotic botanical life.
Winter season returns in this month. The average daily temperature reaches around 26°C, while the highest and the lowest temperature during the day can be around 29°C and 23°C. The sun shines for 8 hours straight every day. The rainfall volume totals 120mm over a course of 14 days of the month. For those who feel like getting out and exploring, what the rest of Jamaica has to offer, it’s worth visiting the stunning Blue Lagoon near Port Antonio.
The average daily temperature during this month reaches around 26°C, while the highest and the lowest temperature of a day may reach around 29°C and 22°C. The sun shines for 9 hours each day while the precipitation may total 100mm over a course of 12 days in the form of rainfall. Jamaica is famous for giving birth to the reggae genre of music and Trench Town Culture Yard is a place where you can explore this in greater detail.
Conclusion – Best time to visit Jamaica
From the aforementioned, it is evident that the months November through March are the best for travelling to Jamaica. In November, the Caribbean hurricane season begins to die off, the skies get clearer, the temperatures drop, and the average precipitation levels reduce significantly. The weather becomes increasingly pleasant; hence, the tourist attractions become very feasible in terms of access. One gets the chance to enjoy sun bathing alongside the glistening waters and trek over lush green mountains without having to worry about bad weather.
If you are on budget, then plan your trip from November till mid- December. Since this is the time right after the wet season, precipitation levels are relatively high, but still considerably lower than the rest of the year. This is also the time when it is overall cheaper to travel to Jamaica because all rates are significantly lower. Number of tourists are also low, which allows you a comparatively exclusive experience. However, if you are all about liveliness and budgeting is not an issue, then you should go for months following December, which are regarded as the prime time for tourism in Jamaica.
Jamaica is a wonderful country. It does have a dark side to it, having a high crime rate. However, this rarely affects incoming tourists if they travel intelligently. Government travel advisories regard the country safe for international visitors, and this is true, based on the number of tourists arriving in the country, which is almost 1.5 times the number of citizens. Therefore, feel free to drop by and have the best time of your life!
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