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Best Times to Visit Jamaica

The best time to visit Jamaica is November to mid-December. That's when the island's already beautiful weather (ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round) is the most pleasant and the hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find. Rates are also cheap during the summer, but you'll risk the wrath of hurricane season. January to March is the peak travel season to the island – room rates can spike to more than $700 per night at some hotels.

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Weather in Jamaica

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Average Temperature (°F)
82.2
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Average Precipitation (in)
3.35
2.72
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3.94
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6.54
4.33
4.06
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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November-December

In late fall and early winter, the Caribbean hurricane season tapers off, leaving behind sunny skies and average temps somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees. For the best value, try to get your vacation in before the mid-December holidays start (the threat of rainy season tends to keep prices down at most of the area's resorts ).

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January-March

Beachgoers flock to Jamaica's shores at this time – particularly in late March for spring break – because the hurricane season is over and the temperatures are idyllic and breezy. But if you want to save some money and avoid crowds, don't plan your vacation for this time of year. If you're intent on visiting during these months, book your accommodations at least two to three months in advance.

Key Events:

  • Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (Montego Bay, January)
  • Bob Marley Week (Kingston, February)
  • Bob Marley Birthday Bash (Negril, February)
April-June

Average temperatures rest between the mid-70s and high 80s, but the weather can be a little rainy. Given the mist, the golf courses and beaches are relatively quiet, and hotels offer incentives to visit in spring. Keep in mind that hurricane season technically starts on June 1.

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July-October

Flights and room rates are at their lowest at this time of year since these months fall within hurricane season (in the past, Jamaica has experienced the brunt of hurricane season in late August and early September). If you choose to travel here during the summer, it's best to buy travel insurance should some inclement weather halt your vacation plans. Because this is Jamaica's tourist low season, many hotels operate with smaller staffs. This slow period is also when many properties complete construction projects. If you don't mind these caveats, you'll be greeted with uncrowded sands, restaurants and golf courses. Pack an umbrella and some rain gear just in case.

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Popular Times to Visit Jamaica

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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