The most popular and expensive time to visit Montego Bay is during high season, from December to April. Holidays like Christmas, Easter, and spring break draw the most crowds, but the impeccable weather is a draw all its own. From January to March, rainfall is at its lowest, and average highs reach 86 degrees. Montego Bay also boasts a smattering of travel-worthy festivals across high season, including the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival with concerts at Rose Hall in late January, the annual Bob Marley Birthday Bash concert in February, and Montego Bay Yacht Club’s four-day Easter Regatta.
If you don’t mind a little summer heat, you’ll find reduced rates during Mo Bay’s shoulder season from mid-June to late August. July and August are typically the hottest months of the year, though average daily temperatures are only around 90 degrees. Even better is the evening cool-down that whisks through the resort area, dropping the average low to 73 degrees. July borders on peak season as reggae fans come out in droves for Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica’s world-famous, five-day music festival featuring top reggae performers from across the globe.
For rock-bottom rates on hotels and air, visit Montego Bay during low season. Spanning May to mid-June and late August to November, low season comes cheap, but not without a cost. It is the wet season, so there’s the chance of more rainfall, especially from September to October, as well as an increased risk of hurricanes, peaking from August to October. Still, there’s a bright side if you’re game to gamble on the weather. Rain showers are typically brief and effectively cooling, most hotels offer hurricane protection policies (not to mention the island is rarely touched by hurricanes), and festivals still color the scene, like June’s Jazz month and September’s Falmouth Blue Marlin Tournament, a local favorite. Note that hotels often undertake their improvement and expansion projects during low season, so ask before booking your trip, lest you awake to 6 a.m. construction