When to fly
The rainy season is May through to October, with September and October being the wettest months, however, the rain is usually brief and followed by sunshine. Hurricane season is around June to November, however, they are very rare. This period is also the low season and if you don’t mind chancing the rain, can be a great time to get cheap flights to Montego Bay. Resort rates usually drop during these months as well and you’ll still be able to enjoy the Caribbean climate with some lovely warm weather and sunny days.
The peak season throughout Jamaica and Montego Bay, runs from mid-December to mid-April. During this time hotels are booked months in advance, prices are higher and the area is packed full of tourists. Other notable busy times are holidays, such as Christmas, Easter and Spring Break. If you definitely want to visit Montego Bay during this period, make sure you book your flights and accommodation well in advance to get a better deal.
Montego Bay also boasts a whole host of travel-worthy festivals, throughout the year. October hosts the Soul in the Sun Music Festival, featuring R&B and Soul legends of the 80s and 90s. Montego Bay is buzzing during this 2 day event of The Best Soul Music Of Our Time, followed by an unforgettable Beach Party. Also during this month is the Jamaica Reggae Wine Festival, the first of its kind to be hosted in the Caribbean. Attracting wine lovers from all over the world, this is Jamaica’s chance to showcase their Jamaican branded music, wine and fashion.
Montego Bay is a resort in the heart of Jamaica’s Riviera section. It is known to the locals as “MoBay”. Travellers are eager to dip their toes into the smooth white sands of the Jamaican coast, whether it's for a break with friends or a romantic getaway, a flight to Montego Bay is the first step toward a holiday in paradise.
Aside from the 10-mile shoreline and aquamarine waters, Montego Bay actually plays a pivotal role in world history. Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot ashore Montego Bay in 1494, just two years after discovering America. Today, the resort area is Jamaica’s most popular destination. Explore the sugar cane hills or relax under a banana tree. Golf on some the greenest courses in North America or ride the river on a bamboo raft built for two. Enjoy the reggae sounds that play through the island and take in one of the various music festivals that happen year-round.
Montego Bay climate
The majority of people travelling to Montego Bay, wish to take advantage of Jamaica’s year-round warm climate. Temperatures stay the same pretty much all year round. July and August are the hottest months, with temperatures on average between 23 and 32 degrees Celsius. The coldest months of January through March, differ only slightly, with temperatures generally between high 20s to 30 degrees.
Getting around Montego Bay
Getting from the airport
Most travellers take a flight to Sangster International Airport (MBJ), which is an international airport located around 3 miles (5 km) east of Montego Bay. Many resorts and hotels organise transport from the airport. Taxis and car hire companies are also available.
Montego Bay insider information
- Samuel Sharpe, the slave who helped expedite the emancipation of Jamaica, was born on Montego Bay and today remains a national hero. He grew up on a 24-mile plantation and today, three-hour guided tours of the Croydon coffee and pineapple plantation have become a must-do in Montego Bay. You'll savour some of the best exotic fruits on the island and get some insight into pineapple and coffee production.
- Join the bathing club in Doctor's Cave. The famous beach club started in 1906 when a group of doctors formed a bathing club on beach property. The only access to the private beach area was through a cave, hence the name. The cave was destroyed by a hurricane in 1932, but the bathing club beach has lived on. Today, travellers can access the beach from Montego Bay's Gloucester Avenue. The entranceway is lined with changing rooms, showers, gift shops and bars.
- Don't miss a stop at the Montego Bay Marine Park. Anyone can visit the park but depending on what you want to do will depend on what zone you stay in. To conserve natural resources, different zones are designated for different activities (watersports and fishing, for example). Private operators also run undersea submarine tours of the reefs.