Montego Bay has two distinct faces: there’s the smooth tourist countenance that grins contentedly from the pages of a thousand glossy Caribbean brochures; and there’s MoBay proper, a pretty gritty city, second only to Kingston in terms of status and chaos. Most of the big all-inclusive resorts are located well outside the urban core in the fancy suburb of Ironshore. Stay in the city, however, and you’re faced with an entirely different proposition – a riot of cacophonous car horns and bustling humanity that offers an unscripted and uncensored slice of Jamaican life, warts and all.
For the traveller looking to just visit Jamaica, Montego Bay is a great starting point as the entrance to the eastern part of the island, the resort towns, and an overview of all things Jamaican. Book your flights and hotels now to start saving
Montego Bay: The best time to visit Jamaica is November to mid-December. That's when the island's already beautiful weather (ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round) is the most pleasant and the hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find. Rates are also cheap during the summer, but you'll risk the wrath of hurricane season. January to March is the peak travel season to the island — room rates can spike to more than $700 per night at some hotels..
January to March is the peak travel season to the island
Off peak Season:
April-June: Average temperatures are between the mid-70s and high 80s, but the weather can be a little rainy. Given the mist, the golf courses and beaches are relatively quiet, and hotels offer incentives to visit in spring.July-October:Flights and room rates are probably the lowest at this time of year, but decreased tourism and increased rain showers cause many of the key attractions and hotels to close.