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Ocho Rios holidays

30 ℃

Average temperatures are around 26°C in January and 29°C in July. If you love activities like hiking, December to April are the cooler months, but expect the occasional splash of rain and remember that September to November is hurricane season, although storms rarely make landfall in this sheltered spot.

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The nearest airport is Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, 100km from the resort.

Weather and climate in Ocho Rios

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

Best time to visit: Between December and April when it’s slightly cooler with little rainfall, especially if you want to hike. Jamaica basks in year-round sunshine so the air and sea are always warm. Summer is a hot 29-32°C for sun worshippers.

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Explorers: Take a canopy tour through the Jamaican rainforest and head underground to the eerie Green Grotto Caves. Venture deep into the Blue Mountains and discover amazing vistas and Jamaica’s world-class coffee.

Beach lovers: Kick back on Turtle Beach and swim over the coral reefs at Mahogany Beach. There are lots of beaches and coves to explore.

Foodies: With Jamaican favourites like spicy jerk chicken and fried dumplings, you’ll experience the best food Jamaica has to offer. Try a Caribbean hamburger and dip your fries into a little hot sauce.

Fast facts for Ocho Rios

Language: The language spoken is English.

Currency: The official currency is the Jamaican Dollar ($) but large hotels will accept US dollars.

Local time:  Ocho Rios is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sangster International Airport. It takes about 2 hours to transfer to Ocho Rios.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Ocho Rios is 9 hours.

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

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

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Getting around Ocho Rios

By taxi: Taxis are the most popular way to get around the resort. Make sure you book a taxi with a red number plate, as these are the official taxis of Jamaica. Check the price before you start your journey as well as the currency you’ll be charged in.

By bus: With so many interesting places in the area, many hotels will provide their own bus services for day trips.

By tour van: Tours go everywhere from here. Into the jungle, up into the mountains, down to secret beaches and over to Dunn’s River Falls. When you book onto a tour, the van will come and pick you up right from your hotel. Don’t forget your camera!

Events in Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios Jazz Festival: This eight-day music event is held every June. With some of the biggest names in jazz appearing, this is a real insight into this wonderful form of music.

The Bob Marley Experience: For anyone who loves the music of Bob Marley, or simply wants to know more about this iconic man, the Bob Marley tour is a must. Visit Nine Mile where Marley lived and see his world with your own eyes.

Bacchanal Jamaica: Easter is carnival season when revellers descend on Chukka Cove for some of the best parties in Jamaica. Celebrated all over the island, carnival is a great way of experiencing Jamaica’s personality.

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