What's the Weather Like in Montego Bay in May
The month of May sees temperatures rising and the wet season edging into place throughout Jamaica. Visitors to Montego Bay during this time may see a little rain, but any precipitation is likely to be short-lived, although possibly heavy at the time.
The average May temperature is around the 27°C mark, with an average high of a very warm 30°C, before falling to 23°C during the evening hours. Humidity can become a problem during this time, especially if rain has fallen.
Speaking of rain, May averages around 80mm of rain, which when it does fall can be quite refreshing until humidity kicks in, with around 13 days of the month seeing some of the wet stuff.
Average Sea Temperature and Sunshine Hours
The rain shouldn't deter you from visiting Montego Bay in the slightest, as the rest of the time is blue skies and very warm sun indeed, making swimming and water-sports continually fun, with an average sea temperature of 28°C. Sunshine hours are similarly very favourable, with an average of 10 hours per day.
Montego Bay Hotels in May
With tastefully decorated rooms, brilliant sea views and a range of amenities at hand, Sandals Inn is an obvious choice for anyone holidaying in Montego Bay. This welcoming-yet-luxurious hotel comprises a range of rooms and suites and all the facilities under the sun. If you're feeling truly adventurous, you can windsurf, scuba dive, snorkel or kayak; land-based activities include tennis, basketball, gym and volleyball, while those wanting to be pampered can make use of the spa or simply laze about by the pool.
Another luxury option is the Half Moon, which is located in a secluded getaway spot along the ocean-side road. This five-star accommodation offers finely furnished rooms with patios and balconies, while those travelling in larger parties are better off booking a villa, which comes with its own pool and butler service. All in all, the hotel is home to more than 50 swimming pools, a playground and a spa; golfing fanatics are well served by the onsite course and there are also tennis facilities too.
Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica
Set on the beach overlooking Mahee Bay, Hotel Riu Palace Jamaica is a fine all-inclusive option that's available for adults only, therefore ideal for a romantic getaway. Couples have a choice of modern, elegant rooms with magnificent ocean views to choose from; upgrade to a suite to benefit from a whirlpool tub in the bathroom. The hotel also houses a steakhouse, as well as Japanese, Italian and fusion eateries and 3 bars. With swimming pools, a spa, water sports, an onsite gym and live entertainment provided, you really have all your needs covered at this lovely hotel.
Montego Bay Beach for May
Despite what its name might suggest, Dump-Up Beach is one of the finest bathing spots in Montego Bay and is known for its sloping crescent shape, topaz waters and fine white sands which are backed by a pleasant green space that's used for events. The beach derives its name from the 1970s when it was in disrepair and referred to as "dumped upon" by locals. A government cleanup programme was soon in order - today it's one of the town's best seaside locations.
Bars and Restaurants
Holidaymakers in search of authentic Indian cuisine in Montego Bay should make reservations at Mystic India. Combining lovingly-prepared dishes using family recipes and attentive service, you'll receive a warm welcome at this popular restaurant. Vegetarians needn't worry, as there are meat-free options available on the menu; there's also a fine selection of wines and drinks to accompany the food.
For locally-sourced and fresh-caught seafood, head straight to Lobster Trapp, which occupies a fine spot on the beachfront of Montego Bay. With a big emphasis on shellfish, lobster, crab and prawns are abundant on the menu here, but there are other options available for those who aren't as keen on seafood. The restaurant is also worth visiting for its fine selection of cocktails.
Stush in the Bush
Nestled away in the hills near St. Ann's Bay, Stush in the Bush is a bit of a trek to get to but the fine food is certainly worth the journey. The restaurant is home to a 15-acre organic farm and makes use of all the fresh produce grown here; guests can choose between a 4-course pizza set menu or a more extensive 6-course gourmet menu. This restaurant is one of a kind in Jamaica and has drawn international acclaim; a must-visit for lovers of organic produce!
Things to do in Montego Bay in May
Fly High Jamaica
Montego Bay has lots of offer in the way of adrenaline-pumping watersports and it's worth taking advantage of these opportunities when you visit. Flyboarding certainly merits a try: Fly High Jamaica offer this specialist water-sport, making you feel like you're being pushed high into the air on a plume of water. It's great fun, and certainly an experience you won't forget.
Kelly's Water Sports
If you want to enjoy water-sports but you don't really fancy the idea of flyboarding, then Kelly's Water Sports at Sunset Beach Resort will help you learn how to dive and snorkel, enabling you to see some truly amazing underwater sights. You don't have to be experienced in order to head here, as instruction and training is given, and you work to your abilities.
For land-based thrills, head to Mystic Mountain near Ocho Rios to ride the bobsled on a 1000-metre track down the hillside, inspired by the Jamaican bobsled team who featured in the film Cool Runnings, no less. Other options include a scenic chairlift up the mountainside and the Canopy Zip Line which skims the treetops of the rainforest. A guaranteed day of fun for the whole family!
Cinnamon Hills Golf Course
For something a bit less vertiginous, catch a round or two of golf at the Cinnamon Hills Golf Course. This gorgeous seaside golfing location makes an excellent place to pass the time on a sunny afternoon, of which there are many in Montego Bay in May.