What's the weather like in Ocho Rios in July
July's weather averages are very similar to those experienced in June. The biggest consideration if planning to visit Ocho Rios in July, is being closer to the center of the hurricane season, and therefore having a slightly higher chance of experiencing a hurricane so it might be worth checking the forecast.
Average temperatures expected throughout the month are 29°C and are fairly consistent with temperatures expected during summer. Warm and humid, visitors to the resort during this period will appreciate buildings that are air conditioned, especially during the day where the cooler air offers some relief from the outside heat.
If you not fortunate enough to have an air-conditioned building, your resort's swimming pool or the ocean is the next best thing to escape the day time heat. If you're planning on spending the day in the water or by the sea, and few shaded areas are available, liberal use of sunblock won't go amiss as there is only a 9% chance of a cloudy day, and a 41% chance of the day being sunny.
The average sea temperature is at its highest this time of year (29°C).
You will have an average of 10 hours of sunshine in July.
Daily average temperatures fluctuate between 29°C and 30°C throughout the month. Between the 1st and 13th of July, the average temperature alternates semi-daily between 29°C and 30°C. Between the 14th and the 19th, temperatures remain consistent average at 29°C. From the 20th onwards, the daily average temperature holds steady at 30°C. The earlier on in the month you visit Ocho Rios, the cooler it will be. Peaks often reach 31°C with lows not dipping below 26°C so it is very warm.
98mm of rainfall on average are expected to fall during an average 14 days, very similar amounts to June. A 25% chance of rain daily, means the odds are in your favour of being a dry day versus being a wet one. Nevertheless, you should plan accordingly by organizing activities that do not to rely on the weather being 100% sunny. If you are lucky enough to have a sunny day, and the midday temperatures are not too unbearable, then a day at the beach will be bliss.
Ocho Rios Hotels in July
Set on a lush tropical acre, and just 10 minutes from the Ocho Rios town centre, you'll find Coral Cay. Suitable for couples and families alike, Coral Cay has 3 4-bedroom villas and 2 studio apartments set in an area also containing a Jacuzzi, fresh water pools, a barbecue and a bar. The villas are approximately 2000 square feet each, comprised of 4 bedrooms each with en-suite. A personal cook and house keeper is assigned to each villa with a Nanny service also provided to care for children whilst the parents relax.
An iconic small luxury hotel in operation for more than 50 years, Jamaica Inn offers guests the opportunity to "escape (their) busy lives and re-embrace the simple joys of living". Featuring 48 suites and cottages, the hotel caters to guests who prefer a more intimate setting. In-room amenities include; air conditioning, Wi-Fi, phone, robes, safe and mini fridges. The hotel offers a host of activities for guests, both indoor and outdoor, so there something to do rain or shine. The hotel's restaurant is also popular with guests and outside visitors.
Tastefully decorated and with views overlooking Ocho Rios and bay, Mystic Ridge Resort is comprised of several room options including standard, loft suites and 1 or 2 bedroom apartments. The property has a pool with swim-up bar, tennis courts and event facilities. Room features available to guests include; TV, Wi-Fi, king size beds, tub, private balcony, and coffee maker. Bonus packages are also available from the hotel, offering exclusive discount and free passes to nearby attractions for guests. The hotel has its own restaurant that is also open to the Public.
Ocho Rios Beaches for July
Located below the famous Dunn's River Falls, you'll find Dunn's River Beach. The beach offers some amazing scenery in addition to the fine white sand and crystal clear sea. An amazing sight where the river falls meet the ocean, affording beach visitors the choice of swimming in the warmer ocean waters or the cooler river pools. Restaurants are nearby, however, toilets and changing rooms are not, so bear this in mind if planning to spend the day there.
This month in Ocho Rios, the Summer Playground Fantasy Festival (or SPF Festival) takes place. The festival takes place over a weekend, and features a line-up of guest DJs at various locations. Some parties take place at the beach, and so expect to find beach chairs, au natural dance floors, beachside beverage and food services with plenty of dancing and partying into the early hours. This event is restricted to patrons ages 21 years and over.
Bars and Restaurants
Open for every meal of the day and offering a selection of traditional favourites and local delights, Jamaica Inn's Dinner Terrace restaurant is a popular spot - for good reason! On top of the delectable cuisine available, the restaurant/hotel also provides live music every night. Guests at the resort also have the luxury of having the meals delivered to your room, to be appreciated on their private balcony. Please bear in mind that after 7 PM there is a dress code, consisting of collared shirts for gentlemen and appropriate dresses for ladies, flip-flops are not permitted.
At Mystic Ridge Resort, tucked away in the hills above Ocho Rios, you find the AquaVue Restaurant. A perfect setting for a romantic night or for a group dinner, the restaurant has panoramic views overlooking the city of Ocho Rios. Featuring a Jamaican and international style of cuisine, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Things to do in Ocho Rios in July
If you are lucky enough to have a dry day this month, make the most of it by visiting Turtle River Falls and Gardens. Set amongst a 15-acre tropical garden, the attraction features; 14 waterfalls (don't forget your bathers and a towel, you can swim here!) and also a walk-in aviary with a large variety of tropical bird species. Some guests are permitted to interact with the birds and feed them. You can also find in the gardens a Japanese Koi pond and large lawn area that can be used for formal occasions (such as weddings).
One of the resort's most popular excursions is the Brimmer Hall Plantation Tour, which takes you on a journey through a working agricultural plantation, the Great House and a gift shop. Inside the Great House you'll get to see how the residents of the house used to live and their old belongings, as well as learning about the production methods of bananas, sugar cane, coconut and cocoa at the plantation.
The Seville Emancipation Jubilee takes place at the end of July in Ocho Rios at the Seville Heritage Park, one of Jamaica's most important cultural sites. This festive event celebrates emancipation and African heritage.