BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO JAMAICA (Things you need to know)
Jamaica is an island country in the Caribbean sea. It’s the third-largest island in the Caribbean. The country Base with Kingston as its capital and largest city. This is where the Monarchs seat of government rests. However, making a visit to Jamaica is something worth to be considered.
Jamaica has hot summer and winter, the winter is a dry one. Unlike most Asian islands with very cold winter ordeal, the Caribbean nation is an exception.
These amazing facts make it one of the coolest countries in the world to visit at any time. Nonetheless, we will address the issue of the best time to visit Jamaica in this article. I’ll also let you know that what’s important is why you travel and not if the climate is stable.
Best Time To Visit Based On The Climate and Weather Conditions In Jamaica.
Generally, the average climate conditions in Jamaica are Tropical. Hence, hot, dry weather is the case here. Also, due to this constant invariability in the climate conditions in Jamaica, there are nominal differences between the summer and the winter episode in Jamaica. Even the average daytime temperature in winter is 27 – 30 °C (81 – 86 Fahrenheit ) and the average night-time temperature is around 20 – 23 °Celsius (68 – 73 °Fahrenheit).
Moreover, the southern coast of Jamaica, regarded as the part with the lowest temperature ordeal has a maximum temperature of 30 °Celsius (86 °Fahrenheit). However, rainfall ordeal is more intense on the northern coast than on the southern coast due to the blockage of the north-east trade wind by the Blue Mountains or by the hills of the west-central part of Jamaica.
Oftentimes, when travelling to the Caribbean, winter is not a good term to use in describing its low climate events. Also, Jamaica experience only two kinds of weather conditions, the dry and the wet.
Summer In Jamaica
The summer ordeal in Jamaica is intense indeed. Normally, the average temperature in summer peaks at 33 °Celsius (91 °Fahrenheit) in June, the dryest and hottest month. But July is as hot as June through June is the dryest month. However, from time to time during these periods, thunderstorms usually break out to add colour to the summer experience.
Also, summer in Jamaica spans from June to August and the rainfall experience in summer lowers significantly. Summer is the proper time for the tourist season. In summer you can walk through the picturesque beaches on the island, having a wonderful time.
In addition, one of the most celebrated events in Jamaica is the country’s independence day. The nation usually celebrates its independence day on the 6th of August.
Autumn In Jamaica
Autumn in the country spans from September to November. It seconds the peak of moisture. So from September to October, there is no variation in the temperature changes however, hurricanes may surface with a high probability.
Albeit, one of the most lovely experiences in autumn is swimming, especially during rainfall.
Though the temperature doesn’t vary in November, the Hurricane and other showers experience a drop. Yet, sunburns have now become a new challenge. Therefore, to visit Jamaica during the autumn, you need to come with additional packs for protection against sunburns.
Generally, autumn is a good season for visiting Jamaica having a good weather conditions for outings and adventures.
Winter In Jamaica
Winter in Jamaica is a dry season. Also, this is when the Northern-east begins to blow. This windiness successfully takes away the rainfall occasion. The winter season spans from December to February. However, the welcoming of the winter drops the temperature to a lower degree. January and February are the coldest months in Jamaica. Still, the minimum temperature in January is 30 °Celsius (86 °Fahrenheit).
In view of the facts above, recall that there is no true winter (as compared to the winter in Islands in Asia and other European countries) in the Caribbean region.
Also, in February, natives and visitors travels to Jamaica massively to celebrate Bob Marley day. It’s a day set aside to pay tribute to the reggae legend, thus, all fans of reggae gather around to pay their respect. Likewise, the two worldwide celebrated events, Christmas and New Year also attract many to Jamaica.
Springtime In Jamaica
Springtime in the country spans from March to May. The activity of the north wind occasion a drop in temperature in the month of march making it one of the coolest months. On the other hand, April becomes the end of the dry months in Jamaica. But in March, the rainy season is introduced. At this time you should expect frequent manifestations of hurricanes.
Thus, in general, springtime is good for visits. The season bloom with numerous activities. Also this season, you can have the chance to explore Jamaican diverse and multinational foods.
When Is The Best Time?
Now, herein lies the question many will ask. But to justifiably answer this question, you should know that the weather conditions don’t decide the best timing. Contrary, what is supposedly the prime factor to define the best travelling time is the purpose for travelling. Therefore, purpose decides and not any external factor.
However, since tourism is a basic factor used as the indicator to define the best travelling moments, there are reasons to consider.
First, the summer is generally the best time to visit any country. In this case, the best time to visit Jamaica is between June and August. Secondly, I’ll admit that the Caribbean weather conditions differ from most countries. Thus, even the winter in Jamaica is a good time for a warm and pleasurable visit.
Packs To Come With On Your Trip To Jamaica
For the winter and spring packs, bring light clothes, a sun hat, sunscreen, and also a sweatshirt for the evening. For the mountains adventure, endeavour to add a jacket and hiking boots.
Spanning from summer to autumn, bring tropics-friendly, lightweight apparel, and possibly a light sweatshirt and a light slicker for thunderstorms. Also, Sun hats and sunscreen can be useful too. For the mountains, you can also add a sweatshirt or sweater.
Festival Events In Jamaica
Many people usually pay a visit to a particular country due to the events the country will host at the time. Thus, if this is your case, then the ultimate reason for your travelling experience to Jamaica is the festivals and holidays. For this reason, climate and weather conditions can not decide, as you will proceed with your travelling no matter the condition.
Therefore, let’s take a swoop into the fascinating festivities of the Caribbeans.
Summer Festivities (June to August)
These are the festivals you will enjoy if you travel to Jamaica during this period.
- Little Ochi Seafood Carnival: in this occasion, the Jamaicans beckon you to try their mouthwatering and delicious dishes and cuisine. The peppered shrimp and escovitch fish, a fried filet spiked with hot sauce topped with pickles.
- Reggae Sumfest: it’s a five-day reggae concept organized to attract reggae lovers. It takes place in late July.
- The National Independence Float Parade and Grand Gala: Jamaica celebrates its independence on the 6th of August. Kingston is the central location for its celebration. Also, marching bands, ceremonial and uniform and costumed groups accompany it.
Autumn Festivities (September to November)
When you travel to Jamaica during this period these are the festivals you will enjoy.
- The Falmouth Blue Marlin Tournament: hosted every late September for locals. Therefore, to share in the local’s spirit, you won’t miss this.
- The international marlin tournaments: are often held in Port Antonio and Montego Bay. People interested in fishing will find this fun. However, there are other party events to attract crowds.
- Kingston Restaurant Week: this comes with a good discount on cuisine offered in all restaurants in Kingston. You can also grab this opportunity to explore their cuisines.
Winter Festivities (December to February)
If you take a trip to Jamaica during this period these are the festivals you will enjoy.
- Boxing Day: it’s a public day in the country. Here, you’ll experience an open house celebration where friends and friends’ friends are welcomed to celebrate.
- Accompong Maroon Festival: held in Accompong Village every 6th of January. This event observes the signing of the peace treaty between the Maroons and the British government. It’s into existence for over 200 years now.
- Bob Marley day. Celebrated his birthday, on February, 6th. However, the day’s events feature lectures, celebrations, and events held in honour of the legendary musician. The often held location is the national museum in Kingston.
Spring Festivities (March to May)
Traveling to Jamaica during spring festive will give you a beautiful experience as you will enjoy all of these activities.
- The Bacchanal Carnival: usually begins in mid-February and runs through April. However, the events feature colourful costumes and more colourful and stunning reggae and DJs performances. Also featured on the occasion is the display of native foods and drinks. The Bacchanal road march parade in Kingston usually takes this event to its end.
- Jamaican Carnival Week: this kickstart on Easter and usually take the Bacchanal Carnival to its end.
- Calabash International Literary Festival: held on treasure beach to celebrate authors and literary enthusiasts.
To crown it all, We’ve seen the invariability found in the climate state of Jamaica. The Caribbean nation seems to amaze us with such a season. Even the winter can be described as summer in a place like Indonesia. Indeed, this isn’t much like what is expected of an Island. Notwithstanding, we’ve been able to take a glimpse of what it means to travel to Jamaica, its festivities and the packs to come with it.
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