Averages for Montego Bay in October
October is the wettest month of the year in Jamaica, with an average of 130mm of rain throughout the month, or 15 days seeing some sign of the wet stuff; this can be a downpour which is torrential and lasts for a few minutes, or it can be continual rain for a few hours, however it will leave behind blue skies, so this need not ruin your holiday if you're planning on visiting Montego Bay during this time. Of course, we are still in the Atlantic Hurricane Seaso...
October is the wettest month of the year in Jamaica, with an average of 130mm of rain throughout the month, or 15 days seeing some sign of the wet stuff; this can be a downpour which is torrential and lasts for a few minutes, or it can be continual rain for a few hours, however it will leave behind blue skies, so this need not ruin your holiday if you're planning on visiting Montego Bay during this time. Of course, we are still in the Atlantic Hurricane Season at this time, coming towards the end of it, so you may experience a passing storm, however as before, this is unlikely to cause major disruption.
You can easily get out and enjoy water-sports and swimming fun in the warm waters of the Caribbean during October, with an average sea temperature of 29°C, and an average air temperature of 27°C. Evening temperatures dip a little, hitting a low of a pleasant 24°C, however the air temperature can spike to an average high during the day of 30°C, showing little difference throughout the year. The sun still shines in abundance, with an average of 8 hours per day over the month.
Take a look at the weather forecast for Montego Bay.
Where to stay
Many people like to base themselves just slightly out of town, in order to enjoy a little more peace and quiet, and in that case, there are still many options for accommodation in Montego Bay, whilst still being able to reach the noise if you want it. The Tryall Golf Club area is a popular spot, with more greenery than you would imagine on a Caribbean island, especially in such a large holiday resort.
View of Montego Bay. Photo by Derek Hatfield
The Round Hill Hotel is a good option for those who want to enjoy the golfing experience, and also kick back and relax in literal paradise, as well as the rather grand and opulent Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa. This particular hotel offers many treatments in their specialist spa facilities, meaning kicking back and relaxing is easy.
What to do
Montego Bay is surrounded by some beautiful natural sights, and it's important to get out and see as many of them as possible during your stay. Excursion companies are perhaps your best bet, giving you the experience of a knowledgeable guide to give you important information on what you're seeing. Real Tours Jamaica offer a range of tours to various different sights around Montego Bay, and indeed other areas on the island, including Chuck Norris Secret Falls, a day sampling the island's best known export at Appleton Rum Estate, and enjoying the peace and serenity of Dunn's River Falls.
A more nearby place to visit is certainly Greenwood Great House, and if you're interesting in learning about the history of Jamaica, including its sugar plantation past, then this is a great spot to head. Very well preserved, you will feel as though you have passed through a window back in time.
Historic downtown of Montego Bay. Photo by Derek Hatfield
After all that historical and natural sightseeing, you might want to cut loose and enjoy yourself, in which case make sure you time your visit with the Africa Jamfest, a celebration of the influence of Africa on Caribbean music. This is a fun, colourful, and lively celebration, which will surely get your toes tapping.
Hit the beach
Sandals Montego Bay is a wonderful choice for a day away from it all in total luxury. You can purchase a day pass if you're not a resident at this hotel, and this will allow you to spend the day on the private beach, and take advantage of the facilities, with a few restrictions.
This particular beach is quiet, cut off, and totally luxurious, as you would expect from this big-named brand of hotel. Water-sports, endless drinks, party fun, rest and relaxation, this is the perfect day out on the beach.
Beautiful nature to be found at Montego Bay. Photo by Derek Hatfield
Located about 30 minutes away from the port in central Montego Bay, you can easily get a taxi, bus, or obviously hire a car.
Where to eat & drink
Hot weather means you don't want to be eating anything too heavy, and in that case a spot of sushi might be the order of the day. Japanese Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar is a popular spot for those who are particular sushi connoisseurs, however the range of food other than sushi is particularly impressive.
Head to Mangos for a delicious meal in beautiful beach front surroundings. The fajitas here are particularly good, as well as the jerk chicken, which is always a top favourite to try.
Of course, you might want a bit of fun of an evening and in that case it has to be the Jamaican Bobsled Café. Try the pina colada bread and butter pudding for dessert, washed down with a few fun cocktails, mainly made of rum, and try and leave without a huge smile on your face!