Averages for Montego Bay in March
Spring has officially sprung in March and temperatures begin to climb a little compared to the few months beforehand. Having said that, Jamaica's temperatures overall don't fluctuate enormously, and the island doesn't experience the same traditional seasons that some other countries do. Still in dry season however, the average March temperature is a wonderfully warm 26°C, with a high of 29°C, and an evening low of around 22°C, meaning air-con is probably a ...
Spring has officially sprung in March and temperatures begin to climb a little compared to the few months beforehand. Having said that, Jamaica's temperatures overall don't fluctuate enormously, and the island doesn't experience the same traditional seasons that some other countries do. Still in dry season however, the average March temperature is a wonderfully warm 26°C, with a high of 29°C, and an evening low of around 22°C, meaning air-con is probably a must.
Getting out and about is not a probably in March, as you're not likely to experience much in the way of rain, with only an average precipitation of 30mm, or 9 days throughout the month experiencing some rainfall; although as before, any rain experienced is likely to be short-lived.
Beach time is a good idea, as the sun certainly has its hat on now, with 9 sunshine hours every day on average, and a sea temperature of around 27°C. Swimming in Montego Bay's calm waters is a great idea to cool down, as well as checking out the underwater residents with a spot of scuba diving and snorkelling.
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A path into the ocean, Montego Bay
Where to stay
If you want to centre your Montego Bay holiday totally around the beach, and why not, then Doctor's Cave Beach Hotel is a great choice. Literally a stone's throw from the shore, the sunsets here are amazing, and you're in the perfect spot to enjoy them, in totally relaxed surroundings. If you prefer to stay away from the main beach, then the Grandiosa Hotel is close to Dead End Beach, still a very popular spot, but not as busy as Doctor's Cave Beach can get. For even more rest and relaxation, the tranquil surroundings of Sandals Carlyle will certainly soothe the soul.
Of course, not everyone enjoys big named hotels, and in that case Emerald View Hotel has a more homely, intimate feel, with comfortable rooms, a great setting, and a varied restaurant on site for your food needs.
What to do
A visit to Montego Bay is not just about enjoying the stunning beaches, although that is certainly something to do in abundance! There is plenty of nature and wildlife to get out and explore, especially before the peak summer heat hits, and a good way to find out a little more about the region you're visiting, including its culture and heritage, is to visit Martha Brae River. You can enjoy a peaceful rafting experience down the river, stopping along the way, with the help of an informative guide, taking you through gardens and landscapes that seem a million miles away from the beach. The tour overall takes around 90 minutes, and is a great half-day activity to enjoy.
Historic landmark at Montego Bay
If you prefer something a little more adrenaline-boosting then zip lining is for you. Jamaica Zipline Adventure Tours will take you to some of the greenest scenery in Montego Bay, and you can be assured of a safe and thrilling experience as you fly through the air at speed. Certainly one for the adrenaline junkies out there!
Continuing the off-the-beaten-track vibe, Sunny Tours Jamaica offer many different one day excursions out into the countryside and surrounding area. You could enjoy a day trip to Negril, visit Dunns River Falls, or visit the Falls in St Ann. The list is quite extensive, so pick your day out according to your interests, and enjoy your experience with the help of a friendly and knowledgeable guide.
Hit the beach
There are many beaches around Montego Bay, however without a doubt the most famous is the iconic Doctor's Cave. This has its own beach club, is rather exclusive, and is also one of the most photographed beaches on the island, if not the world. Aquamarine, inviting waters, soft, white sand, and the beating sun makes this the ideal backdrop for a Jamaica holiday.
Montego Bay, Jamaica. Photo by Adrian Lawrence
Doctor's Cave Beach Club is reputed to have healing waters, due to the underwater streams that feed into the ocean, however that aside, it is a very easy beach to reach, located between the city's marine park and the Hip Strip, where the night-life action can be found. You can snorkel at the nearby National Marine Park, before heading for total tranquil rest and relaxation on the beach. You won't find noise here, but you will find total heaven on a beach.
Where to eat & drink
If you want to experience Jamaican food without the bright lights, then the intimate and classy Bayou Café is for you. Here you'll find a huge range of seafood dishes, as well as Cajun spiced cuisine and creole-inspired dishes. There is something to meet every taste-bud need, and in a quiet, laid-back setting too.
Once you've filled your belly, well, it's time to hit party central. Montego Bay's most central nightlife area is known as The Hip Strip. This is located mostly on Gloucester Avenue, very central and easy to get to, and you will find more 'up all night' party fun here than anywhere else. Margaritaville is one of the most popular venues in this area, and should certainly be visited once or twice during your time here.