Spicy jerk and smooth rum, reggae and ska music, beautiful beaches and spectacular natural wonders like Dunn’s River Falls—they all come together to make Jamaica a wonderful vacation destination. And the people, who really are as friendly and laid-back as their reputation, enhance the island’s beauty and culture. Come summer, Jamaica tends to gets overlooked, but it really is an ideal season for an island getaway. It’s hot, yes, but that just means you get to spend more time in the ocean, or by the swimming pool with an icy rum punch. Plus, Jamaica’s best festivals run through this season, and many of the country’s famous attractions, such as YS Falls or the Black River, experience fewer crowds, so you get more value for your money.
Accommodations can be discounted by as much as 50 per cent, making those formerly prohibitive private villas or five-star resorts accessible. And tour operators like Island Routes offer great deals on catamaran trips and other tours.
Jamaica’s lineup of summer events highlights everything from art to music. The Kingston on the Edge Urban Art Festival runs every June, and foodies will be in spice heaven during MoBay Jerk Festival, held in Montego Bay in early August. Music fans, meanwhile, can’t miss July’s Reggae Sumfest, the country’s largest live music festival featuring local and global artists at the beach and other venues in Montego Bay.
Average summer temperature: Montego Bay’s average summer daytime high hovers around 33°C.