Averages for Montego Bay in November
Winter returns in November, although this is also edging into the busiest time of the year in Jamaica overall, with visitors flocking to the island to escape typically cold winters in other countries, and Caribbean cruises calling in at Montego Bay’s port very regularly. Despite the so-called winter, November still reaches an av...
Winter returns in November, although this is also edging into the busiest time of the year in Jamaica overall, with visitors flocking to the island to escape typically cold winters in other countries, and Caribbean cruises calling in at Montego Bay’s port very regularly. Despite the so-called winter, November still reaches an average temperature of 26°C, with a high of 29°C. It may be marginally easier to sleep at night now, as the low temperature reaches an average of 23°C.
Rain is a little less now the wet season has abated, with only an average rainfall throughout the month of 120mm, with 14 days seeing some precipitation, and the sun continues to shine for a huge 8 hours per day.
Take a look at the weather forecast for Montego Bay.
Sunset over Montego Bay. Photo by Mel Stoutsenberger
Where to stay
If you’re dedicating much of your time in Montego Bay during November to shopping, then you need to be somewhere that is close enough to carry all those shopping bags. In that case, the Gloucestershire Hotel is the perfect choice, comfortable enough for your holiday, but with a lower price tag, and a perfect location. In addition, El Greco Resort is also a middle of the road budget hotel, with a large outdoor pool for cooling down in the still rather warm November heat.
If you want something a little more homely but rather luxurious at the same time, then check out Pimento Villas for something a little different. These are located in a slightly more residential area, but that has many advantages, not least a more authentic experience for you.
What to do
If you’re visiting Montego Bay in November, why not take advantage of the duty free shopping status and stock up on your Christmas presents ahead of time? Shopping in the city is great, with malls, smaller stores, and markets to find your ideal gift for your loved ones. Montego Craft Market is a great place to spend an hour or so, checking out the more unusual items on offer, before maybe heading to Fairview Shopping Centre for a more main-stream shopping experience.
The wild nature behind Montego Bay. Photo by Derek Hatfield
Whist you’re in the heart of the city, check out Sam Sharpe Square, and learn about the island’s national hero, before heading to Richmond Hill for a panoramic view which will take your breath away. You could also head down to the port and see if you can spot one of the huge cruise-liners waiting to whisk passengers away to their next Caribbean destination.
Aside from retail therapy, November hails the Jamerican Film & Music Festival at the Rose Hall Resort, a great place to head for a celebration with a bit of a difference, including music and film acts from not only Jamaica itself but America too.
For a break from the city, head to Montego Bay Yacht Club and enjoy the amazing seafood on offer, whilst dreaming about which yacht you’d like to own when you win the lottery!
Hit the beach
Sometimes it’s good to get away from it all, even on a holiday, and head off the beaten track to somewhere that can truly be described as a hidden gem. In this case, heading a little along the coast to Ocho Rios will take you to a small area called Prospect, and here you will find the rather fun named Reggae Beach, part of Bamboo Beach Club.
Boats on the coast, Montego Bay. Photo by Five Furlongs
This beach is secluded, with the jungle running down to the shoreline; you will feel like you are in another world. You won’t find water-sports here, but you can totally relax and swim in the calm, warm waters. You will need to hire a car to get to this beach however.
Where to eat & drink
Laid-back food is sometimes all you want after a long day sightseeing, shopping, or relaxing on the beach, and in that case Montego Bay has plenty of options. G’s Sports Bar & Grill is perfect for what many would call junk food, albeit delicious junk food, with fish and chips, burgers, and tapas to enjoy with a cold drink or two. If you feel the need for pizza, then Lee’s Pizza has some of the best in town.
Alternatively, maybe you want to stop for a coffee and a slice of cake in-between all that shopping and sightseeing, in which case Butterflake Pastries is the place to go for a huge range of delicious and mouth-watering cakes. The Coffee n Crème Café also cater for those coffee and cake needs, with a range of delicious sandwiches and quick snacks to go too.