Averages for Montego Bay in May
The final month of May sees temperatures rising and the wet season edging into place throughout Jamaica. Visitors to Montego Bay during this time may see a little rain, but any precipitation is likely to be short-lived, although possibly heavy at the time. The average May temperature is around the 27°C mark, with an average high of a very warm 30°C, before falling to 23°C during the evening hours. Humidity can become a problem during this time, especially if r...
The final month of May sees temperatures rising and the wet season edging into place throughout Jamaica. Visitors to Montego Bay during this time may see a little rain, but any precipitation is likely to be short-lived, although possibly heavy at the time. The average May temperature is around the 27°C mark, with an average high of a very warm 30°C, before falling to 23°C during the evening hours. Humidity can become a problem during this time, especially if rain has fallen.
Speaking of rain, May averages around 80mm of rain, which when it does fall can be quite refreshing until humidity kicks in, with around 13 days of the month seeing some of the wet stuff. This shouldn't deter you from visiting Montego Bay in the slightest, as the rest of the time is blue skies and very warm sun indeed, making swimming and water-sports continually fun, with an average sea temperature of 28°C.
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Where to stay
Half Moon Resort is one of Montego Bay's premier places to stay, to the point where you have everything on-site and might not feel the need to leave! A range of board basis' mean that you can choose what suits you best, with six on-site restaurants to choose from. Alternatively, Blue Sea Garden Beach Resort is another top-class hotel, an all-inclusive option, close to everything you will ever need, with a location that will blow your mind every morning you open your eyes and peer through the balcony window.
Stunning sunset at Montego Bay
Want to be a little more out of the way and in a more homely, less commercial setting? Cazwin Villas are a great choice, a small guest house, offering complimentary breakfast, and allowing you the freedom to get out and explore the region to your heart's content.
What to do
May is the time to start enjoying everything the beach and outdoors has to offer in Montego Bay, but first it's worthwhile taking a daytime stroll down Gloucester Avenue, also known as the Hip Strip, to see it from a different point of view. Shopping is very souvenir-based here, so it's good to pick up a few different gifts to take home for loved ones.
Once you're shopping is out of the way, get your adrenaline pumping by heading off for a spot of Flyboarding. Fly High Jamaica offer this quite specialist water-sport, making you feel like you're being pushed high into the air on a plume of water. Great fun, and certainly an experience you won't forget.
The volcanic coastal landscape at Montego Bay
If you want to enjoy water-sports but you don't really fancy the idea of flyboarding, then Kelly's Water Sports at Sunset Beach Resort will help you learn how to dive and snorkel, helping you see some truly amazing underwater sights. You don't have to be experienced in order to head here, as instruction and training is given, and you work to your abilities.
A little more central to the action in Montego Bay you will find Aqua Sol Theme Park, on Walter Fletcher Beach. This is in the heart of the Hip Strip, shaded from the main road by coconut trees, giving you a cut-off feel. The beach is great fun regardless of the activities, however you can do go-carting, play tennis, scuba dive, parasail, go diving, and in the evening there is nightclub and occasional outdoor shows to enjoy too.
Hit the beach
Seven Mile Beach in Negril is certainly worth a mini-road trip to visit. Literally seven miles of pure, castaway beach material, with plenty of water-sports on offer, bars, restaurants, and the most perfect backdrop to your day of sun-worshipping.
Relax on the beaches at Montego Bay
Negril is around a two hours' drive from Montego Bay, however it is worth it for the sights you'll see passing you on the way, as well as the beautiful beach you will reach at the end of your journey. Many people deem this particular beach to be better than those in Montego Bay itself.
Where to eat & drink
If you're staying around the Rose Hall area then be sure to head to the White Witch, part of the Hilton hotel here, with views over the golf course, and amazing food to boot. Alternatively, if you want something a little more Caribbean and laid-back, then the Pork Pit is certainly one not to be missed, with delicious chicken and pork jerk, seasoned perfectly, knocked back with a cold beer. It might not look like much from the outside, but then appearances can certainly be deceiving.
The Pelican Grill is also another fabulous local restaurant to give a try, with real authentic dishes, and extremely fresh seafood. Again, the jerk chicken is a popular choice here, and although the prices are a little higher than some of the other local restaurants serving similar dishes, the quality makes up for it.