Jamaica is tropical with nice, year round temperatures. It is hot, sticky and damp in the summer (June to September) and dry and cooler in the winter (December to April). Most people come during the winter when there is no risk of hurricanes and the sun shines the longest.

Though it is mostly warm, the climate in Jamaica is quite varied on account of trade winds hitting the north shore and a mountainous interior. Temperatures range from 71°F to 88°F on the north coast from day to day, with cooler nights and mornings in winter. The yearly average is a balmy 80°F.

The mountains naturally have cooler weather, losing 1°F every 300 feet of altitude, and are the wettest, particularly in the northeast area of Port Antonio. Rain falls mostly in May and October-November with more precipitation from April through late November. Showers are mostly short and tend to appear in the afternoon. Hurricane season is officially June through November, but, Jamaica is sheltered somewhat by the nearby Dominican Republic and Cuba.

Best Time to Visit Jamaica

Although everyone under the sun comes to Jamaica in the peak tourist season, mid-December through mid-April is really the best time to visit if you’re looking to save money. Hotels lower their rates by as much as 60 percent, with all-inclusive packages down 20 percent or so. Airfares don’t drop too much, but is easier to secure.

Temperatures are pleasant, with an average of 78°F and nice coastal breezes, and there’s a good nine hours of sun a day with rainfall at its lowest. Be aware, however, that while the weather can still be nice, some bars and restaurants close for the season.