Jamaica travel guide

Weather and climate

Temperature: 25-29°C.

Sitting in the tropics, there’s swimsuit weather all year round with even sea temperatures in the mid-high 20s (°C). Air temperatures hover in the high 20s (°C) throughout the year, often rising to 30 (°C) in the summer season.

The island sits in the Caribbean hurricane belt and although hurricanes aren’t very common occurrences on the island, it can experience tropical storms between July and November.

Book your holiday to Jamaica for the spring or winter for slightly more comfortable temperatures and up to 10 hours of sunshine a day. Winter holidays here are usually drier than summer.

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Jamaica is best for...

Adventurers: Visit Dunn’s River Falls, one of the country’s most incredible sights. Scale this vast, cascading waterfall that’s steeped in history for a breathtaking start to your holiday.

Culture lovers: The birthplace of Reggae music, take a Bob Marley tour or just stroll along the Hip Strip in Montego to head this island’s iconic sound. Plantations, Georgian architecture, and numerous historic sites give a great insight into the country’s intriguing past.

Sun-seekers: Seven Mile Beach is famed for white sand, clear water, and palm trees. Dig your toes in and lie back under the Caribbean sun.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is English.

Currency: The currency used on the island is the Jamaican Dollar ($) although US Dollars are accepted in popular tourist areas.

Local time: Jamaica is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Sangster International Airport. Montego Bay is just 30 minutes away, while transfers to Negril take 1 hour and 15 minutes. To Runaway Bay it takes 1.5 hours and Ocho Rios is 2 hours away.

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

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

Visa and health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica for recommendations and advice if you need a visa and health for your holiday to Jamaica.

Holiday destinations related to Jamaica:

  • Montego Bay
  • Negril
  • Ocho Rios
  • Runaway Bay
  • Getting around

    By taxi: Taxis are a great way of getting around during your holiday, especially as many drivers are happy to act as tour guides for a fee. Booked taxis from your hotel will probably be priced in US Dollars while taxis you flag down will be in Jamaican Dollars. Always check the currency and negotiate a price before starting your journey. Taxis have meters, but they tend to go unused. Remember that fares are always negotiable, so start off by offering half the amount the driver asks for and go from there.

    Events

    A Reggae Extravaganza: If you love Bob Marley’s music, the annual week-long celebration for his birthday will be a great sight on your holiday. Some of the greatest Marley tribute acts can be seen during this momentous festival every February.

    Carnival beats: Easter is carnival time in the Caribbean and Jamaica’s version is known as Bacchanal. With pounding soca and calypso music on every corner, the streets of Kingston become a flurry of sequins and feathers so remember your camera!

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Jamaica, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jamaica/safety-and-security