Best time to go to Jamaica

The best time to visit Jamaica starts in February. It’s the coolest month, but that still means temperatures averaging around 26°C. Then it heats up in July and August, topping up to 32°C. Rain-wise, May, June, October and November are traditionally the wettest months. Showers tend to come and go pretty quickly, though. It’s worth noting that hurricane season runs from June to November as well, with August and September being the ‘peak’ months when storms are most likely to hit. Saying that, hurricanes are pretty rare.

Just a heads up – the beaches here are sometimes affected by sargassum, a type of seaweed. It’s influenced by things like weather patterns and the currents in the sea. If your hotel’s affected, the staff will do everything they can to clear it.

Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Jamaica, but must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit

It's now mandatory that you complete the online passenger declaration form before checking in for your flight to Jamaica. Make sure your departure is smooth and hassle-free by completing the online Jamaica declaration form on before you head off for the airport.

Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
  • Things To Do
  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Kingston
    • Language - English
    • Timezone - GMT -5
    • Population - 2,702,300
    • Currency - JMD:Jamaican Dollar
    • Flight Time - 10 hours 30 minutes from Gatwick

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