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Montego Bay holidays

30 ℃

Average temperatures are usually between high 20s and low 30s (°C) during summer and winter. The sea temperature is warm all year round.

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The nearest airport to Montego Bay is Sangster International Airport, 6km away.

Weather and climate in Montego Bay

Temperature: A brilliant 25-30 (°C) all year round.

Best time to visit: Jamaica basks in year-round sunshine making it a great destination in any month. If you’re interested in trying lots of outdoor activities, the cooler months are between December and April.

Montego Bay is best for...

Party-goers: Cocktails on the beach and lazy days prepare you for the all night partying in the reggae bars of Gloucester Avenue. 

Beach lovers: Relax on the warm sand at Doctor’s Cave Beach and soak up the Caribbean sunshine. 

Golfers: One of the best golf courses in the world, the Tryall Golf Club makes a holiday here ideal for keen golfers.

Fast facts for Montego Bay

Language: The language spoken in Montego Bay is English along with the rest of Jamaica.

Currency: The currency used in Montego Bay is the Jamaican Dollar ($) and US Dollar is accepted in many tourist resorts.

Local time: Montego Bay is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sangster International Airport. It's a short 30-minute transfer to Montego Bay.

Flight time from the UK: The Montego Bay flight time is 9 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Montego Bay tourist information can be found at www.visitjamaica.com.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

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Getting around Montego Bay

By taxi: Stick to the official taxis with the red licence plates. While they do have meters, it’s a good idea to agree the price with the driver before you set off. Make sure you confirm whether the price is quoted in Jamaican or US dollars. 

By bus: Free bus services to points of interest and tourist spots are often put on by hotels.  This is a great way to see the most impressive sights. 

By tour van: Picking you up from your hotel, a van tour is an easy way to get a real view of Jamaica during your Montego Bay holiday.

Events in Montego Bay

Reggae party: Visit the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s biggest reggae music festival. With over 50 world-class acts and musicians, the party starts on Walter Fletcher Beach but continues for a week of non-stop partying. If you’re about in July, this is a must-see.

Jamaica’s favourite son: The Bob Marley Experience is a tour which departs from the resort and journeys to Bob Marley’s home at Nine Mile. This eye-opening tour teaches you about the Rastafarian religion, and takes you to Mount Zion Rock, where Marley enjoyed meditation. This tour is unforgettable for the Marley fan and gives a real glimpse into Jamaican culture, too.

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