Averages for Montego Bay in December
Christmas brings very sunny conditions to Montego Bay, and a very popular time to visit for the festive season, certainly away from the snow! Again Caribbean cruise season is hitting its peak, and with an average December temperature of a very warm 26°C and a high of 29°C, you can understand why so many people choose to head to
Christmas brings very sunny conditions to Montego Bay, and a very popular time to visit for the festive season, certainly away from the snow! Again Caribbean cruise season is hitting its peak, and with an average December temperature of a very warm 26°C and a high of 29°C, you can understand why so many people choose to head to Jamaica for the Christmas period.
Rainfall is becoming lower during this time, with an average during December of 100mm, or 12 days seeing some rain, and 9 long hours of sunshine per day. A Christmas Day swim is certainly possible, with the Caribbean Sea still at an average temperature of 28°C in December.
Take a look at the weather forecast for Montego Bay.
Where to stay
Add a spot of total and utter luxury to your Christmas break by staying in one of the top-class resorts around Montego Bay; you have plenty of choice and you will be spoilt no doubt. We’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth reiterating, the Sandals resorts are probably the best you can get, and certainly the Royal Caribbean & Private Island is a top choice. This is obviously an all-inclusive deal, and with everything you could ever need, you will treated like a king or queen. On top of this, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa is another fantastic option, as well as the Half Moon Resort, which is always hosting major events throughout the year. If you want more Sandals action, then the Sandals Carlyle All Inclusive is for you.
View of Montego Bay. Photo by Jeremy Bradford
What to do
Christmas Day in Jamaica is a big deal, with fun, frolics, and plenty of family-orientated festivities to be found. Most locals will go to church on the morning of Christmas Day, and have a big meal in the afternoon, with local specialities a staple part, including rum cake and gungo peas. If you get the chance to try rum cake, certainly do, it’s delicious! You’ll find fun all around the resort on the big day itself.
A great place to head to keep up with the fun of the festive period is Margaritaville. This might be a little to Americanised for some, but it is certainly a great way to chill out in the afternoon, sat on the terrace overlooking the sea, with a cold drink in hand. During the days when cruise-liners are in the port, you will probably find that this particular location is a lot busier, but this just adds the vibrant atmosphere. During the evenings, there is certainly plenty of fun to be had here.
To mark the big day in a special way, you might want to do something totally different, in which case head to the remarkable Montego Bay Marine Park and enjoy snorkelling and scuba diving under the watchful and skilled eye of knowledgeable instructors. The marine life around Jamaica in general is bright, diverse, and extremely colourful, and the chance to meet them up close should not be ignored.
Montego Bay port. Photo by Heather McLaughlin
Hit the beach
If you choose to spend Christmas Day at the beach, then make it the most famous in perhaps the whole of Jamaica. Montego Bay’s Doctor’s Cave Beach has a private club and although there are no water-sports, swimming in the reputably healing waters which are fed from underground streams, may just help your health at the same time!
Located centrally on the Hip Strip, you will be able to get to this particular stretch of beach quite easily, without having to venture too far. The on-site Groovy Grouper Beach Bar & Grill is also great for an afternoon snack.
Where to eat & drink
Whether you’re actually in Montego Bay for Christmas itself or not, there are still plenty of options for dinner and fun. Everyone craves an Indian meal from time to time, and that doesn’t change when you’re on holiday. Prakash Restaurant Indian & Thai Cuisine has a huge menu of delicious dishes which would fit into India itself, sure to make even the most curry-mad of people happy. The Real Jerk Montego Bay must also be tried, for authentic Jamaican cuisine in colourful and fun surroundings.
Stunning sunset over Montego Bay. Photo by traveljunction
Once your food has gone down and you’re ready for a few drinks, head to the Hip Strip for your evening’s entertainment. The Drunken Squid is as fun as it sounds, however Margaritaville has to be where it’s at, with colourful entertainment, plenty of drinks to choose from, and a casual, laid-back atmosphere to while the night away.
Whatever month you visit Montego Bay you’re in for a treat where the weather is concerned. Beautiful, bright blue skies will greet you ever day, even if you’re unlucky enough to experience a tiny bit of rain at any point. The Caribbean is probably on everyone’s wish list, and Montego Bay should be at the top of it.