Averages for Ocho Rios in April
April is considered to be a part of the summer season, but still receives many of the weather benefits as observed in the winter months (between December and February). Average temperatures are only slightly higher and the average rainfall is only marginally increased from previous months. You will find that the prices of hotels and resorts have reduced at this time of the year as the busy tourist season comes to an end, but rainfall does not pick up ...
April is considered to be a part of the summer season, but still receives many of the weather benefits as observed in the winter months (between December and February). Average temperatures are only slightly higher and the average rainfall is only marginally increased from previous months. You will find that the prices of hotels and resorts have reduced at this time of the year as the busy tourist season comes to an end, but rainfall does not pick up significantly until May with 37mm this month.
As the summer months draw nearer, the days get longer. April sees an average 9 sunshine hours per day. The longer days give you more time to do exploring around the resort, with the low chance of rain meaning it is very unlikely you will get rained on whilst you are outside. There is a 58% chance of a sunny day throughout the month, so don't forget to take your sunblock and maybe a hat with you.
The average sea temperature at this time of year is 27°C, combined with a low 3% chance of a cloudy day, presents you a great opportunity to spend your day either in the water or at the beach. Water sports are extremely popular in Ocho Rios, and a 19% chance of a windy day is enough to give you a couple of days of good breeze for sailing during your time there, or if it is a calmer day, you can spend the day on a kayak or paddleboard.
Throughout the month the daily average temperature is a fairly consistent. A vast majority of the month sees an average temperature of 27°C. During the latter half of the month, the temperature fluctuates between 27°C and 29°C. these temperature variations are as expected leading up to the warmer, summer months of the year. With the warmer temperatures expected towards the end of the month, there is also the increase in the possibility of rain as the wet/hurricane season approaches.
Where to Stay
Recently renovated and overlooking the ocean, Silver Seas Hotel features rooms that are oceanfront and offers guests first class views of the Caribbean from their room. Built in a colonial style, the hotel is built within a garden area that contains a variety of plants and fruits to add to the properties character. A swimming pool is available to guests, and easy access to a beach and snorkelling should you prefer to bath in the ocean. A restaurant and bar is open to guests and the public. Room amenities include air conditioning, full bath and a private balcony/terrace. The hotel can also help guests organize tours and water sports, and 2 golf courses are nearby.
With its own private beach and golf course, Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge is a 3-star resort located approximately 4 km from Ocho Rios town centre. Room rates include a complimentary breakfast and the restaurant also offers a variety of international dishes to suit. Room features include; Air conditioning, balcony, Internet access, bathtub and non-smoking rooms. The resort can help organize Diving and snorkelling trips as well as massages, all available from a dedicated tour desk. A 24-hour reception is also available to assist when required.
Executive Mammee Bay Hotel is an intimate hotel with only 39 rooms and suites. Rooms feature private balconies, wood furniture and tiled floors. In-room amenities include; air conditioning, TV, ironing facilities, Jacuzzi, full bath, cooking facilities and different bedding options depending on your requirement. The hotels swimming pool is surrounded by a bar, restaurant serving traditional Jamaican cuisine and restroom facilities. Close by attractions include bicycle tours, scuba diving operators, golf and various hiking/trekking spots.
Things to Do
The Jamaica International Kite Festival takes place at the beginning of April in Ocho Rios and is a wonderful activity that the whole family can enjoy. This unique event is a fantastic opportunity to see the long-held tradition of kite design, construction and flying. In addition to the kites, the festival also features Jamaican food and a children's village.
A historical building, Firefly is the original home of playwright, composer, director, actor and singer; Noel Coward. The house has been restored to its former glory and contains various historical items and pictures, allowing guests to take a step back in time and experience how Coward lived and worked in his later years. From the house you are also offered spectacular views of Blue Harbour.
Hit the Beach
Reggae Beach is a 400-meter stretch of white sand, nestled in lush tropical jungle. Make the most of the warm air and sea temperatures by renting a kayak, or some snorkelling gear and spending your day in or by the sea. On the beach you'll find a selection of amenities including restaurants & bars, showers and changing rooms, water based activities as well as lifeguards.
Eating & Drinking Out
In the Mammee Bay Estate you will find Bamboo Blu restaurant. Featuring a menu consisting of island and western favourites, Bamboo Blu has something to cater for everybody's taste. The restaurant also has an impressive variety of cocktails that you can enjoy whilst relaxing on a sun lounge by the sea. A popular favourite with patrons, it is recommended you try the lobster or the BBQ jerk ribs.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios not only offers an impressive menu, it's also a great place to spend the afternoon through to the early morning hours. The restaurant has family-fun activities both in the sea and on land along with entertainment. After 10 p.m. a nightclub opens for those wanting to continue on into the early hours.
For the night prowlers, a popular night club is: Jamaic'n Me Crazy. A favourite spot for tourists and locals who wish to dance the night away. The light show and sound system cater to large crowds and an extensive drinks menu is available.