Averages for Montego Bay in September
Although we class September in Jamaica as typically Autumn, it's a ridiculous statement considering the temperatures only seem to fluctuate by a degree or so from the height of classical summer. Rain can be a problem during this time of year, and September averages 110mm of precipitation throughout the month, with 14 days seeing some rain, albeit in varying amounts. The average temperature during September is a very warm 28°C, with an average high of 31°C...
Although we class September in Jamaica as typically Autumn, it's a ridiculous statement considering the temperatures only seem to fluctuate by a degree or so from the height of classical summer. Rain can be a problem during this time of year, and September averages 110mm of precipitation throughout the month, with 14 days seeing some rain, albeit in varying amounts. The average temperature during September is a very warm 28°C, with an average high of 31°C – only 2 degrees less than the hottest month of the year.
Despite the higher rain level, the sun still shines in Montego Bay for a massive 10 hours per day, and the Caribbean Sea is still very warm indeed, with an average of 29°C, if you fancy a refreshing dip at one of the beaches around the long coastline.
September draws the crowds for the Marlin tournament, which is certainly a fun fishing event to catch if you're visiting Montego Bay at this time.
Take a look at the weather forecast for Montego Bay.
The Marina at Montego Bay. Photo by Jeremy T. Hetzel
Where to stay
Not everyone wants to spend a fortune on their accommodation, and whilst it's easy to do that in any of the Caribbean islands, there are plenty of cheaper options for somewhere to lay your head. You don't have to go down the all-inclusive option, and there are many guesthouse-style hotels which are still quite central, so you don't have to deal with humidity and heat too much on a daily basis.
Toby's Resort Hotel is a fantastic budget option, with a large pool for those days you don't feel like venturing out much, and a central location. Equally, Bethel Court Guesthouse gives you a more residential feel to your holiday, which could mean a more authentic experience, for a lesser price tag. Additionally, the Grandiosa Hotel is a very popular choice amongst those who don't want to be stuck with an all-inclusive tag and prefer to get out and sample some of the resort's restaurants instead.
What to do
Surrounded by the clear and very well populated waters of the Caribbean Sea, Montego Bay is the ideal destination if you're into your fishing, and deep sea fishing in particular is very popular in this part of the island. You will be able to find many different companies offering charter tours, taking you out to the best parts of the region, with a chance to catch some very unusual fare indeed, whilst also enjoying the scenery. Of course, you could also enjoy the scenery from up in the air and tick an activity off your bucket list. Paragliding is something many people want to do, and in Montego Bay you can do this with ease, again with stunning scenery to enjoy. There are many companies who offer this activity and it's a case of seeing which fits your needs, with Paragliding Jamaica offering trips throughout the year.
Occassional foggy day in Montego Bay. Photo by Derek Hatfield
The slightly less busy September month means you can get out and explore the surrounding area a little easier, and Lethe Estate is a great day out for the family, with Rhea's World part of the grounds. Here you can walk around the botanical gardens, visit the mini-zoo, as well as taking a rafting trip down the river, with swim breaks as you go. The banana plantation will also remind you that you are in the heart of the Caribbean.
Negril is also a good choice for a day out, with many operators running day trips, as well as the bus network to get you there and back. Beautiful Seven Mile Beach is certainly worth a visit, as well as the stunningly beautiful Negril Cliffs, to give you an idea of the sheer natural beauty of the island.
Hit the beach
The great thing about Montego Bay is that you can choose to venture out for your beach fun, which let's face it, is a major part of a Caribbean holiday, or you can stay at your hotel and basically do the same thing without having to walk very far.
Palms on Montego Bay. Photo by Sean Ness
Most large all-inclusives in Jamaica are practically beach resorts in their own right, and have private stretches of sand to enjoy, where you can be assured of less crowds, plenty of water-sports and facilities, and not too far to stumble back to your room. Of course, Doctor's Cave Beach is always going to be crowded, simply because it is so popular and famous, so a day there is always to be recommended.
Where to eat & drink
If you have a romantic night out planned, perhaps an anniversary or even a proposal, then head to Richmond Hill. This is where you will find views to blow your mind, right over the bay, and with food which is equally as good. Quite a classy establishment, and by no means the cheapest in the area, but certainly worth it for a special occasion.
If you want something more low-key however, then you can't beat some good Chinese food. Two of the best Chinese restaurants in Montego Bay have to be China House and Dragon Court, which will more than cater for your eastern food needs.
You might just want to cool down in the heat on the go however, in which case Devon House I-Scream will blow your mind with a huge range of different ice cream flavours. Attempting to choose might take you a while!