What's the Weather Like in Montego Bay in March
Spring has officially sprung in March and temperatures begin to climb a little compared to the few months beforehand. Having said that, Jamaica's temperatures overall don't fluctuate enormously, and the island doesn't experience the same traditional seasons that some other countries do. Still in dry season however, the average March temperature is a wonderfully warm 26°C, with a high of 29°C, and an evening low of around 22°C, meaning air-con is an essential.
Getting out and about is not a probably in March, as you're not likely to experience much in the way of rain, with only an average precipitation of 30mm, or 9 days throughout the month experiencing some rainfall; although as before, any rain experienced is likely to be short-lived.
Average Sunshine Hours and Sea Temperature
Beach time is a good idea, as the sun certainly has its hat on now, with 9 sunshine hours every day on average, and a sea temperature of around 27°C. Swimming in Montego Bay's calm waters is a great idea to cool down, as well as checking out the underwater residents with a spot of scuba diving and snorkelling.
Montego Bay Hotels in March
Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa
For a touch of luxury, book a room or suite at the Breathless Montego Bay Resort and Spa. Set amid a lush oasis of gardens and greenery, this exquisite hotel features marble bathrooms, finely furnished suites and terraces with hot tubs. Room service is available 24/7, while there's the option of seven onsite eateries and five bars, meaning you'll never be stuck when it comes to drinking and dining options.
For laid-back, low-key accommodation that assures guests the warmest of welcomes, choose Toby's Resort. A short walk from the beaches and amenities of Montego Bay, this friendly hotel is surrounded by palm trees and offers rooms with all the necessary facilities and services. Breakfast is served daily and the hotel has its own swimming pools, fitness suite and onsite bar.
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay
Visitors in search of the all-inclusive experience should look no further than Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay. Lining the beachfront of Montego Bay, this hugely popular accommodation comprises a variety of rooms and suites which are suitable to both couples and families, all of which come with their own balconies that offer sea views. A complimentary breakfast is served daily, while there are a range of onsite restaurants along with outdoor pools, a gym, volleyball courts and a private island with sun loungers. Kids under 12 stay for free
Montego Bay Beach for March
Dead End Beach
Also known as 'Buccaneer Beach', Dead End Beach is one of the smaller bathing spots in Montego Bay which is as popular with locals as it is with tourists. Despite its rather compromised size, this is a lovely beach which offers wonderful views across the bay. There are no facilities here, although the beach is invariably less crowded than other beaches such as Doctor's Cave.
Bars and Restaurants
Those in the mood for some French cuisine in Montego Bay should pay a visit to Petit Pariz Restaurant. Located within the Hyatt Zilara Hotel complex, this elegant and upscale eatery offers a range of options and caters to vegetarians and those with similar dietary requirements. Make use of the warm weather in the evenings and dine on their outdoor terrace.
For blissful al fresco dining, Seagrape Terrace is known as one of the best outdoor restaurants in Jamaica and operates throughout the day. Diners have the option to choose from the a-la-carte menu or from one of the many internationally-themed buffets. Seafood is a big contender on the menu at this restaurant and it's not to be missed.
Mackie's Sports Bar and Grill
If you're after a spot to watch the latest sporting tournaments and sink a few drinks, pay a visit to Mackie's Sports Bar and Grill. Located along Poinsettia Drive, this family-friendly establishment serves a pleasing selection of drinks and makes a great spot to kick back in the evening. There's also a casual menu of light bites and bar snacks to choose from if you're feeling peckish.
Things to do in Montego Bay in March
Green Grotto Caves
One of Jamaica's most eminent natural attractions, Green Grotto Caves is a site you really can't afford to miss during your visit. A short drive away from Montego Bay, these natural wonders have had a colourful history: originally inhabited by the Arawak Indians, they were later used as a hideout by the Spanish, who were avoiding being run out of the country by British colonialists; in the 20th century they were used by smugglers sending arms to nearby Cuba. With abundant natural pools, unique rock formations and light holes, these caves have an atmosphere like few other places on the island.
Rockland Bird Sanctuary
Winged animal enthusiasts should check out the Rockland Bird Sanctuary in the St. James Parish. A 20-minute drive from Montego Bay, you can join a tour of the sanctuary and come up close with the hummingbird, the national bird of Jamaica which is known locally as the "doctor bird". When your tour ends you can also take a walk through the tranquil onsite gardens, home to a variety of herbs and trees.
A hiker's paradise, the Blue Mountains are a sight you'll want to see if you're looking to immerse yourself in the nature of the country and escape your resort for a day. Somewhat further afield, you'll encounter many winding mountainside roads but it's worth the journey to Blue Mountain Peak as the views are simply second-to-none.
Croydon in the Mountains
If you want to experience the splendour of the mountains in a location nearer to Montego Bay, Croydon in the Mountains makes an excellent compromise. Take a tour of the award-winning citrus and pineapple plantation which bears significance as the birthplace of Samuel Sharpe, a local hero who led the fight to abolish slavery on the island.