Runaway Bay travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: A wonderful 25-30 (°C) throughout the year.

Best time to visit: If you’re all about the beach, the whole year is sunny with slightly more rain in summer as the occasional tropical thunderstorm comes through. For hikers and sports lovers, December to April is a little cooler than the summer time.

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Runaway Bay is best for...

Divers: With shipwrecks, coral reefs and abundant marine life, the snorkelling and diving in Jamaica is astounding.

Beach lovers: Without cruise ship crowds or endless hotels, the beaches are serene, laid back and attract people who want to relax and get away from the crowds.

Golfers: Fancy a spot of golf? Check out the friendly Runaway Golf Club, with it’s beautiful course and sea view.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is English.

Currency: The currency used is the Jamaican Dollar ($) but larger hotels may accept US dollars.

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

Fly to: Sangster International Airport. Runaway Bay is between 1 hour away and 90 minutes away.

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

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

Visa and health: Before you travel, check out www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for advice on visas and health for your holiday to Runaway Bay.

Holiday destinations related to Runaway Bay:

  • Negril
  • Montego bay
  • Ocho Rios
  • Getting around

    By taxi: Taxis are the best way to get around. You can usually order an official red plate taxi from your hotel’s reception, but always agree on a price before you start your journey.

    By bus: With so much to do in the surrounding area, lots of hotels offer their own bus services to take you to sights and places of interest.

    By tour: Tours are a popular way to experience all sorts of adventures on your Runaway Bay holiday. These can often be booked at your hotel and a tour van will pick you up. 

    Events

    Bob Marley Experience: Bob Marley remains such an iconic figure in Jamaican history and culture that taking a tour to his home in Nine Mile is definitely recommended. Here you’ll learn all about the Rastafarian religion, see where Marley gained some of his inspiration, and even visit Mount Zion Rock.

    Jazz on the beach: It’s not all about reggae. Jazz has a huge following in Jamaica and each year there’s the week-long Jamaica International Jazz Festival. While there are concerts all over the island, Runaway Bay plays host to lots so you don’t have to go far at all to enjoy this incredible type of music, played at its best.