December Weather Averages for Montego Bay

What's the Weather Like in Montego Bay in December

Temperature

Christmas brings very sunny conditions to Montego Bay, and a very popular time to visit for the festive season, certainly away from the snow! Again Caribbean cruise season is hitting its peak, and with an average December temperature of a very warm 26°C and a high of 29°C, you can understand why so many people choose to he...

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  • Temperature Temperature 26°C 78°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 29°C 84°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 22°C 72°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 100 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 12 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 28°C 82°F

What's the Weather Like in Montego Bay in December

Temperature

Christmas brings very sunny conditions to Montego Bay, and a very popular time to visit for the festive season, certainly away from the snow! Again Caribbean cruise season is hitting its peak, and with an average December temperature of a very warm 26°C and a high of 29°C, you can understand why so many people choose to head to Jamaica for the Christmas period.

Rain and Average Sunshine Hours

Rainfall is becoming lower during this time, with an average during December of 100mm, or 12 days seeing some rain, and 9 long hours of sunshine per day.

Average Sea Temperature

A Christmas Day swim is certainly possible, with the Caribbean Sea still at an average temperature of 28°C in December.

Montego Bay Hotels in December

For friendly and uncomplicated accommodation in the central area of Montego Bay, choose Donway, A Jamaican Style Village. Placed within walking distance of the beaches, shops and other amenities, each of its rooms come with TVs, furnished balconies with garden views and free internet access. The hotel boasts a relaxed buffet restaurant and bar, while there's also a spa for those who want to be pampered. 

For self-catering options, SeaWind On The Bay makes an appealing choice. Located on the promontory overlooking Montego Bay town, this two-bedroom apartment comes with all the amenities you could wish for, such as a fully-equipped kitchen, relaxing garden area, patio and swimming pool. 

Ideal for family vacations, Mango Walk Country Club boasts a range of rustic villas with views that are hard to beat. Situated on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea and within a gated community, this accommodation site encompasses a clubhouse, swimming pool and a garden area. 

Montego Bay Beach for December

If you're looking for a glistening beach spot in the heart of Montego Bay, visit One Man Beach, which is mostly popular with locals. Featuring a crescent-shaped bay, shallow aquamarine waters, coconut trees and white sands for which the Jamaican coastline is famous, this has everything you could want in a Caribbean holiday spot. Its only drawbacks are the sparse facilities. 

Bars and Restaurants

For daytime indulgence head to Cafe Blue for a variety of cakes, coffees and other delectable sweet treats that will get your tastebuds tingling. A comprehensive range of hot and cool drinks are available, including herbal teas, while there's also the chance to sample some unique and delicious Jamaican cakes that you won't find anywhere else. 

If you're after Caribbean fusion food and al fresco dining, make reservations at the Half Moon Resort's Sugar Mill restaurant. Boasting an award-winning wine cellar, a menu made up of exquisite continent-crossing creations, this restaurant is ideal no matter if you're having a romantic meal or a group gathering. 

Things to do in Montego Bay in December

Although you could easily spend your holiday in Montego Bay on the beach or beside the pool, there's plenty in the surrounding country to see and do while you visit. It's well worth travelling over to Kingston, the capital and cultural hub of Jamaica which is teeming with attractions and tourist sights. 

Art lovers will get their fix a the National Gallery of Jamaica, which showcases centuries of artwork produced on the island, from the indigenous peoples to the landscapes of the Colonial period. Another option is to take a guided tour of the impressive Devon House, which was built in the 1880s by George Stiebel, the first Jamaican millionaire. 

Jamaica is famous for giving birth to the reggae genre of music and Trench Town Culture Yard is a place where you can explore this in greater detail. Once a housing project planned by the British, this colourful museum is decked out in reggae paraphernalia and can be viewed with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. 

December events in Montego Bay

Sport event

Reggae Marathon

2nd December 2018 to 4th December 2018

Reggae Marathon & Half Marathon is Jamaica's premier International Marathon Event. This is where marathoners, sports enthusiasts as well as beginners converge in Negril, Jamaica for a fun event characterized by good vibes and lots of Reggae music. Reggae Marathon takes place over a 2-day period with events such as the rated gourmet Pasta Party and Marathon Expo that features some of the island's best art & craft with running related products.

Website:

https://www.reggaemarathon.com

Annual Event

Christmas

20th December 2018 to 26th December 2018

Christmas in Jamaica features plentiful servings of fruitcake and sorrel juice along with sightings of Junkunoo parades (perhaps equivalent to Halloween in the USA). These masqueraders dressed in “scary” costumes dance in the streets across the island. Had too much fun on Christmas Day? Don’t worry, the day after Christmas is Boxing Day and still a holiday when you can celebrate the joys of the season and your Jamaican holiday.

Culture

New Years - Watch Night Service

31st December 2018 to 1st January 2019

The tradition of Watch Night began on December 31, 1862. Slaves in the U.S. gathered in churches to await news that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. Watch Night services have always been a favorite of those who prefer to start the new year on a reflective and holy note. Locations like Family Church on the Rock in Montego Bay or Fellowship Tabernacle in Kingston are both popular venues. Starting just prior to midnight, communities come together to see in the New Year.

Website:

https://theculturetrip.com/caribbean/articles/how-to-spend-new-years-eve-in-jamaica/

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