Averages for Montego Bay in January
January may be the coldest month to visit Montego Bay, but it's also a very popular one. Out of the Atlantic hurricane season, away from the wet season, January enjoys cooler temperatures compared to the previous months, whilst also being very warm indeed. An average temperature of 25°C greets visitors, making getting around the resort and surrounding area a little easier, reaching a high of 28°C, before falling to a comfortable 21°C during the evening hou...
January may be the coldest month to visit Montego Bay, but it's also a very popular one. Out of the Atlantic hurricane season, away from the wet season, January enjoys cooler temperatures compared to the previous months, whilst also being very warm indeed. An average temperature of 25°C greets visitors, making getting around the resort and surrounding area a little easier, reaching a high of 28°C, before falling to a comfortable 21°C during the evening hours. The sun also shines in abundance, with an average of 9 hours to be expected.
Whilst rain is possible during January, with an average of 70mm throughout the month, outbursts, as always in Jamaica, are often very short-lived, and leave behind cooler, more refreshing conditions after the passing storm. It's also very possible to enjoy water-sports and swimming in January, with a very comfortable sea temperature of 27°C, so perhaps snorkelling and scuba diving could be a suggestion.
Of course, traditional winter season in other countries throughout the world means visitors flock to the Caribbean during the first few months of the year, seeking sun and relaxation in much warmer conditions, so do be aware that crowds may be more so during this time. Despite that however, there is plenty to keep even the most fidgety of visitors occupied.
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Beautiful sunrise in Montego Bay. Photo by John H Kleschinsky
Where to stay
You'll find plenty of accommodation options in Montego Bay, not least plenty of large all-inclusive hotels.
If you're travelling with children then the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort is a fantastic choice. Here you will find one of the best kids' clubs on the island, with a large range of entertainment, as well as a private section of the beach, so you can enjoy the sun without major crowds. Alternatively, the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa offers a fantastic location, very close to Cinnamon Hill Golf Course and Rose Hall Great House itself, with an all-inclusive bonus.
If you're wanting to get away from the noise of kids' clubs and entertainment, then Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is the ideal place for you. This adults-only hotel is serious luxury, and again, the all-inclusive option means you have everything you need at your fingertips.
Holiday villas in Montego Bay. Photo by Larry Bradshow
What to do
The slightly cooler temperatures during January mean it's easier to get out and explore around Montego Bay's central attractions, and you will find plenty of tours which will help you do just that. A very popular spot is the Croydon Plantation. This working plantation will give you a precious glimpse into rural Jamaica, and help you understand a little more about the area, away from the beaches and touristic element. Here you can enjoy beautiful scenery, nestled in the foothills of the Catadupa Mountains, panoramic views, and explore the landscape of wild flowers and beautiful waterfalls. You can even try some exotic fruits and many different dishes and drinks made from them.
Alternatively, Rose Hall Great House will thrill and scare you! Famous for the White Witch of Rose Hall, Annie Palmer, this Georgian mansion is situated around 20 minutes away from the main city, and is famous within the region for the ghost herself, who is said to roam the grounds for this former plantation. If you're into ghost hunting, or you're simply intrigued, then this is a great spot, as well as being beautiful in itself.
You could always take advantage of the duty free shopping in Montego Bay by heading down to the city centre and indulging your credit card. Montego Bay Craft Market is great for local craft items and souvenirs with a difference, as well as the larger stores which line the streets. Sam Sharpe Square is a cultural and historic spot within the city centre, named after Jamaica's national hero, Samuel Sharpe, so be sure to learn a little about this whilst you're there.
Hit the beach
If you know anything about Montego Bay then you will know about Doctor's Cave, the most famous beach in the area, where you will find a private beach club to enjoy, and where the crystal clear waters are reputably healing as they are fed by underground streams. This is a beautiful spot to visit, but it is also a very busy one, and especially during the months when visitors flock to Jamaica for a break from winter in other parts of the world.
Overview of St James, Montego Bay. Photo by jeff_Prod
Because of this, you may feel like finding somewhere a little quieter. In that case, Walter Fletcher Beach, or Aquasol as it is also known, is a great choice. This is a compact cove, which is very family-friendly, and offers shade from the still quite intense January sun. Swimming is safe here, and you can kick-back and relax without major crowds.
Where to eat & drink
After a full day exploring and enjoying everything the beach has to offer, you will want to head off and find a delicious evening meal; you're spoilt for choice. Tokyo Joe's is a popular spot for anyone who enjoys sushi and seafood, where you get to pick what you want and what seasoning you like, and then watch the chef cook your food in front of you. The décor is stylish and this is a very popular restaurant.
Alternatively, if you want to try something more authentic, then head to MVP Smokehouse and try the legendary ribs this outdoor café is famous for. Portions are huge, and the setting is rural and traditional.
If you fancy a curry, then Mystic India is your destination, with simple, chic décor, you can chill out and relax, before enjoying some of the best Indian cuisine this side of Delhi.
Most of the large hotels will have several restaurants and bars on offer, especially those offering an all-inclusive choice, so you can decide whether to head out, or stay in.