Averages for Montego Bay in July

July

July is the hottest month of the year in Jamaica, and the beaches and swimming pools of Montego Bay are packed during this time. Humidity and heat are both high during the peak summer months, so if you don't deal well with either then perhaps this isn't the best time for you to visit!

The average July temperature sits at around 29°C, reaching an average high of 33°C and sometimes above during an occasional heatwave. There isn't much respite from the Ca...

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July

July is the hottest month of the year in Jamaica, and the beaches and swimming pools of Montego Bay are packed during this time. Humidity and heat are both high during the peak summer months, so if you don't deal well with either then perhaps this isn't the best time for you to visit!

The average July temperature sits at around 29°C, reaching an average high of 33°C and sometimes above during an occasional heatwave. There isn't much respite from the Caribbean heat during the evening hours either, with the temperature only dipping down to an average low of 24°C.

Of course heat means sun, and this is the month when the sun makes its biggest appearance, at a huge 11 hours, the most all year around, yet rain could still temporarily make an appearance, with an average of 60mm, or 10 days showing signs of precipitation, throughout the month. Any rain you experience may be a welcome event, to cool down in this heat, however swimming is also a good go-to, with an average July sea temperature of 29°C.

Take a look at the weather forecast for Montego Bay.

Panoramic view of Montego Bay 

Where to stay

The heat of July means you don't need to be basing yourself too far away from the central area, allowing you to explore without feeling like you're going to drop from humidity and heat exhaustion. There are countless all-inclusive huge resorts, including the very highly regarded Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, with so many amenities and facilities that you are unlikely to have to leave the grounds.

Equally, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is a fantastic choice for those who want an adults-only base, without families around the pool. This is obviously a personal choice, but this particular hotel caters for those requirements, as does Secrets St James Montego Bay. Another popular choice is the Coyaba Beach Resort and Club Montego Bay Hotel, offering a beach-base with entertainment on hand.

What to do

July is the month of music, with the Reggae Sumfest celebrating the life and music of iconic musician and activist Bob Marley, as well as reggae music as a whole. The festival begins with a beach party on the Friday night and basically continues with musical fun throughout the weekend, with plenty of rum thrown in for good measure.

Once you've recovered from musical party fun, perhaps heading into nature could be a great way to escape some of the July heat, with shaded trails giving you the ideal way to explore the countryside. The Mount Zion Hill Walk may sound challenging, but this two hour trip can be taken at your own pace, with beautiful scenery to check out along the way, including the famous old church at Mount Zion, built back in 1861.

Palm Trees on Montego beach

The golf courses around Montego Bay are top-class, and Cinnamon Hill Golf Course has the added bonus of being set in such beautiful surroundings that you won't know whether to focus on your game or what you're seeing. This is also a great course for all abilities.

Aside from the outdoor fun you can have in July, it's always a good idea to get away from the heat for a while, especially during the peak sun hours, so head to Freeport Shopping Centre and enjoy the air conditioning whilst you shop!

Hit the beach

July's heat means you will not want to be venturing too far away from the centre of resort, and whilst the crowds at Doctor's Cave Beach may put you off a little, if you can find a sun-lounger in the first place that is, next door you will find a secluded piece of heaven – Cornwall Beach.

Enjoying the stunning sea at Montego Bay

Separated from the most famous beach in Montego Bay by a thin walk-way, Cornwall Beach is where the locals go at the weekend, and if you're lucky enough to visit on a Sunday, you may find you are invited to the residents' beach party, and enjoy a few glasses of rum whilst you watch the sun go down.

Where to eat & drink

If you are a fish lover, then there is one restaurant you need to go to, and that is the Far Out Fish Hut. Set back on the beach, laid-back, and with a menu that is full of freshly caught fare, the fish is cooked slowly and spiced as it should be. Anyone who loves fish will probably go back here time and time again, as the restaurant is often packed with residents. Alternatively, for a more varied menu then head to Day-O Plantation, just outside of the main city lights, with an amazing view. This is full of authentic food, again, spiced and cooked as it should be.

If you want somewhere you can head to after the beach without having to dress up, then Chili Pepper is the place to go. Located on Hip Strip, this is a bright and colourful restaurant, just as you would expect a Caribbean restaurant to be. The menu is packed, and the curried goat is one to try for first timers.

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