What's the weather like in Ocho Rios in May
Throughout May, the temperatures and humidity rises with the oncoming hot and wet summer season being just around the corner. During the month expect temperatures to reach a sizzling 30°C, so be sure to pack plenty of lightweight clothing and sunscreen to keep you protected from the sun and feeling cooler throughout the warm days.
Daily temperature variations during the month see an average high temperature of 30°C, and average lows of 25°C which is not very low at all! These warm temperatures mean you can wear light clothing both day and night. There is no need for any jackets or jerseys in Ocho Rios! The closest thing to a jacket one might need, is a raincoat. May sees a marked increase in the average rainfall and average rain days as compared to previous months with 92mm of precipitation across 12 days. Despite this increase, you can expect most rainfall to occur at night or late afternoon, and so plan accordingly. Be sure to check the weather forecast before traveling any distance from your hotel room, where your raincoat may no longer be accessible.
All the rain aside, May has an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day. A 45% chance of a sunny day and 9% chance of a cloudy day might offer some relief from the direct sunshine that normally falls throughout the day. Even when it is cloudy you are still very much able to receive sunburns, so be sure to keep the sunblock close by.
If you choose to wear a hat or have your own umbrella, bear in mind there is a 29% chance of a windy day, so you might end up chasing your umbrella or hat along the beach if it is carried away by wind.
Average sea temperatures of 28°C are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. You can quite easily spend the whole day in the water without feeling cold, and in some cases the water can feel warmer than the air temperature.
Ocho Rios Hotels for May
Just 3 minutes' walk from a beach offering a wealth of water based activities, Village Hotel is also walking distance from entertainment and other facilities. There are 34 rooms available, with a few rooms offering a kitchenette for those who wish to prepare their own meals in-room. 2 of the rooms also feature Jacuzzis if you enjoy unwinding after a day spent exploring in a hot tub. Rooms come standard with; air conditioning, TV, phone and an in-room safe. The hotel has its own restaurant offering continental and Jamaican options.
Couples will be tempted to consider checking in to the exclusive Couples Sans Souci resort. Nestled on a hillside affording impressive ocean views from each of the 150 suites, Couples San Souci's rooms feature; air conditioning, king beds, mini-bars, coffee/tea, ironing facilities and an in-room safe. Included in your room price, guests are treated to the following unlimited options; 24-hour gourmet dining any of the hotels 3 restaurants (or in-room dining), drinks, Scuba diving & water sports, golf, tennis, Wi-Fi and area excursions. The hotel also has its own Private Au Naturel Beach and pool.
Overlooking the Ocho Rios bay, Little Shaw Park Guest House provides 27 luxurious rooms and studio apartments at very competitive rates. The location of the guest house puts you within a stone's throw of the beach, town centre and various attractions. The resort also has a cruise boat that is available for a sunset/dinner cruise and tours around the area by sea. Room amenities include; TV, kitchen and air conditioning. The owner and operators of the resort will happily help you organize taxi/airport transfers and tours.
Ocho Rios Beaches for May
Couples Sans Souci Resort features its own private beach. Here you will find a wealth of activities that can be done from the beach including; Hobie Cat sailing, kayaking, water skiing, windsurfing, hydro bikes and paddle boards. The beach can only be accessed by guests of the hotel who will also have access to the hotels bars and restaurants and other facilities.
Bars and Restaurants
Oceans 11 Seafood Restaurant & Watering Hole is a great spot to get some seafood and enjoy some live entertainment whilst overlooking the harbour. The restaurant has 2 sections, a semi-outdoors patio with a rustic setting offering live music and entertainment, and a covered deck area offering a more sophisticated café style atmosphere. The restaurant is able to cater for occasions such as weddings and banquets, seating up to 180 people. There are events held just about every night at the restaurant, including karaoke, games and movie nights.
Close to Mystic Ridge Resort, June Plum restaurant & bar offers a dining experience featuring local and international cuisine. Set amongst a beautiful garden and in a semi-casual setting, the restaurant is a great place to come for lunch and to enjoy the garden scenery, or to bring the family for dinner. The coolness of the garden will offer some relief from the midday heat, and the large airy restaurant promotes natural air flow and breeze to keep the dining area cool. Guests at the resort are treated to a complimentary breakfast at the restaurant every night's stay.
Things to do in Ocho Rios in May
A Museum offering visitors a glimpse into the rich history of Ocho Rios and Jamaica, Coyaba River Garden and Museum is part of the Shaw Park Estate. Along with the historical cottage and its contents, there is also a botanical garden. Featuring a water garden complete with koi pond and waterfall, and aerial trams - allowing guests to view the 3-acre garden from the comfort of a chair. Also, a lookout point offers views of the Bay of Ocho Rios and the cruise ship terminals.
Just 5 minutes from the centre of Ocho Rios, you'll also find the impressive Konoko Falls Park. The park includes a botanical garden, zoo and waterfall. An ideal way to spend the afternoon with the family, where the cool river waters will offer some relief from the hot and humid air. The park can also cater to weddings and functions, carried out on the large lawn area or waterfall terrace.