What's the weather like in Ocho Rios in September
As compared to the rest of the year, September has a relatively high average rainfall expected with a marked increase since August. The month is central to the hurricane season in Jamaica, therefore, visitors should consider the risk of the resort being affected by bad weather at this time of year is moderately higher. That being said, it is not uncommon to have a day of rain and thunderstorms followed by a week or two of sunshine.
The tropical location of Ocho Rios, means there is very little variation between various weather averages throughout the year. Average air temperatures expected in September are 29°C. Average sea temperatures this month are also 29°C. With little variation between the air and sea temperatures at this time of year, visitors will have no qualms going into and coming out of the water. In some instances, you may in fact feel cooler coming out of the water rather than staying in it.
Half of the month sees rainfall, with an average of 129mm across 15 days. There's a 40% chance of rain and just a 12% chance of a cloudy day.
Nine hours of sunshine are still expected, and there is a 34% chance that you will have a sunny day. So not to worry, most rain that does fall in Ocho Rios very rarely extends beyond a day or two. There are plenty of umbrellas and restaurants along the main beach that will offer you some shelter from a passing rain shower. Many people find the rain to be a blessing, helping to cool the air and provide some relief from the high humidity.
There is a 12% chance of a windy day during the month. While having minimal wind might be a blessing to some, it also will result in the air (and you) feeling more warm. Remember to keep up the fluid intake and consider taking refuge from the midday sun under shade.
Ocho Rios Hotels for September
Defined as an "Artful getaway", Hermosa Cove Hotel offers guests the option of several villas all ranging in size and features. All villas have a private pool and most common amenities as expected in a resort, with the addition of decorative artworks within the villas and the surrounding grounds. The resort is popular with painters, musicians and writers from around the world who come here to find inspiration. Weather averages for the resort during September make this an ideal spot to stay if you are looking for some creative inspiration, as you can explore the area whilst the weather is fine and work on your masterpiece during the cloudier/wetter days.
Suitable for the budget conscious traveller, Freedom Palace is a Bed and Breakfast located close to central Ocho Rios. 4 bedrooms are available, each able to accommodate 2 people (more available on request at extra cost). The rooms have air conditioning, ceiling fan, TV. Facilities are shared (kitchen, bathrooms) with the exception of 1 studio room that is self-contained. In the area you will find beaches and markets, as well as a variety of tourist attractions such as Dolphin Cove, Little Dunn River and Ocho Rios Fort. Breakfast is served in the garden each morning, and lunch/dinner options are available.
Sample Caribbean living in true island style by opting to stay at Mammee Bay Villas. Several room options are available; waterfront, beach front or short walk to beach access, with room sizes varying between 1-7 bedrooms and comfortable to luxurious (the choice is yours!). Add-on services include transfers and tours, kiddie kits and a nanny service. If you require space for multiple guests that exceed the number of available beds in a particular villa, Mammee Bay Villas will partner neighbouring villas to accommodate. Most villas have pools that are for private use (assigned to that villa) or have easy access to the beach.
Ocho Rios Beaches in September
Close to Mammee Bay Villas, Mammee Bay Beach Club is available for use by guests of the villas. The beach club has many activities including water sports & beach sports. You will also find lounge chairs and umbrellas which may come in handy for both rain and shine conditions, as is expected at this time of year. Restrooms are available for guests of the villas and patrons of the restaurant close to the beach.
Bars and Restaurants
At Hermosa Cove Hotel, Christopher's Bar and Restaurant has been a favourite for locals and travellers from afar, for all the right reasons. A menu inspired and designed to capture the essence of Jamaican cuisine -with a splash of elegance thrown in. The restaurant offers patrons seating on an open-air veranda, a perfect setup for this time of year, allowing the cool island breezes to flow through the restaurant, whilst keeping patrons dry during a very possible passing rain shower.
If you are looking for somewhere to go on a date or a romantic evening Caliente Bar & Grill will offer you all the ambience you need. A perfect spot to take a special someone at sunset, the restaurant deck overlooking the ocean offers beautiful, unobstructed views of the Caribbean. Remember to check the weather forecast before you head there, as best seating is outside under the sky (although there are under cover seating options as well). The restaurant specializes in Mexican style food, and a variety of drinks and cocktails are also available to complement your meal and the view.
Things to do in Ocho Rios in September
To really be immersed in Jamaican culture, the Bamboo Beach Club offers a unique cultural experience for visitors. Local dancers, musicians, singers and acrobats entertain guests throughout the day. Your entrance fee also includes unlimited food and drink. Don't forget to take your bathers and a towel as there may be an opportunity to swim. Most importantly, don't forget your camera!
If the day is cloudy or rainy, consider taking a trip to internationally acclaimed; Harmony Hall Gallery. Displaying a large collection of Jamaican art and craft, the gallery aims to broaden the appreciation of local art and offers some items for sale. A variety of art works are on display, ranging from naïve to highly sophisticated. Close to the gallery is Toscanini's Restaurant, a popular dining spot that is worth calling into whilst you are in the area.