When to Travel to Jamaica

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When to visit Jamaica

Jamaica is a very popular vacation destination for people around the world. Jamaica has tropical, warm weather year round and beautiful beaches everywhere you look. If you are thinking about a trip to Jamaica, you may be asking yourself when the best time of year to visit is. There are several different factors to be considered when deciding on the best time to visit the beautiful island of Jamaica

Low Season

Mid-April to Mid-December is often considered the low season for Jamaica. It is the cheapest time to go, in terms of getting the deals and the best prices. There are several advantages to going during the off season including the fact that the swimming pools and beaches are less crowded, so you can enjoy your time outdoors with less people around. Everything is offered year round, like snorkeling, scuba diving, and boating, but is at reduced rates during the off season. Many stores offer summer sales to clear out their merchandise. You will be able to eat at most restaurants without a reservation. However, there are some disadvantages to traveling during the off season. Many hotels save renovations for this time period, which could make for a noisy stay. Many hotels and restaurants also reduce their staff and services during this time period.

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High Season

Jamaica's most popular time to visit is from mid-December to mid-April. The reason it is busier during this time is because winter has set in and people are wanting to escape the cold North and enjoy the sunshine that Jamaica has to offer. The pros and cons of this time period are opposite of those listed in the low season section. No matter the time frame you decide, try and avoid Spring Break, which runs from March to mid-April. There are lots of parties and events, but there often many rowdy college students around.


The weather in Jamaica is beautiful year round, ranging from the mid-seventies to the mid eighties. Along the beaches, the northeasterly trade winds act like an air conditioner, keeping the island at a perfect year round temperature. It can get a little chilly in the mornings and late in the evening. The winter is the driest season. The two rainy seasons for the island are May, and October through November. Hurricane season is also a consideration for most people. It runs from June first to November thirtieth. With accurate weather forecasting, there is not much need to worry about a hurricane and many safeguards are in place to keep visitors safe from any possible hurricanes during your vacation.

Cheap flights

July through September is the time of year that you will find the cheapest flights to and from Jamaica. Visitors are afraid of hurricane season and with it being summer, many don't consider going to a tropical destination until the cold winter sets in.

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Best hotel rates

The highest hotel rates are during the high season of mid-December to mid-April. If you want to travel during this time periods, it is best to book hotels several months in advance and if you want to stay at Christmas or in February, an entire year in advance is advisable. The summer time offers the best hotel rates, when prices are slashed drastically to get visitors to come to the island.

Least amount of crowds

The summer boasts very low crowds. March has the highest crowds on the beach, thanks to the Spring Break crowd. If you want to avoid crowds and loud parties, the summer and early fall are your best bet for having the beach to yourself.

There are pluses and minuses to every month and season when visiting Jamaica. October through December is often considered the best time to visit the beautiful island. You will get the best mix of good weather and low prices during this time period. In the summer you run the risk of hurricanes, but the prices are at the absolute lowest during this time. However, depending on your needs and circumstances, the best time for you to visit may be different. No matter what time of year you decide is best for you, you will enjoy a warm, beautiful vacation to one of the most wonderful islands in the world.