Jamaica is white-sand beaches that sway gently to the reggae rhythms of one of the island’s most famous exports. Crystal-clear waters lap its pristine beaches, while banana groves snake off into the surrounding hills, leading to hidden waterfalls and swimming holes.
The third largest island in the Caribbean offers relaxation and pulsating nightlife in equal measures. Grab a cheap flight and discover Jamaica’s charms for yourself.
The temperature in Jamaica averages between 80 and 90oF throughout the year.
The winter temperatures are a little cooler – and that can be a blessing – and generally dry. The dry season itself runs through to April.
When the heat picks up in summer – with July and August too hot for some – the chance of rain and occasional hurricanes is at its highest. The rainiest months are May, September and October.
Peak season for Jamaica is between December and April: the weather is warm with little rain. You’ll need to book your flights early to have any chance of securing a cheap air fare during this time.
As soon as this period finishes flight prices tend to lower. It is not unusual to save at least half the price of a peak season ticket by booking outside of it. The rains and threat of hurricanes in September and October make them the least popular months to visit Jamaica. For cheap flights and better weather you should try booking in November or June.
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There are three international airports in Jamaica. These are Sangster International Airport (serving Montego bay), Norman Manley Airport (serving Kingston) and Ian Fleming Airport (serving Ocho Rios).
All three have good transport links for onward travel, including car hire services. Ian Fleming is the newest of the three, but it is only suitable for smaller aircraft travelling to the north coast of the island.
On a direct flight you can reach Montego Bay in just three hours from the States. It’s a six-hour flight from Los Angeles, five hours from Denver, four hours from Chicago and three from Washington and New York.
Airlines offering direct flights include:
Driving is an experience in Jamaica, with the roads not always in great condition, especially in the mountains. But car hire is certainly an option here – do remember they drive on the left.
Local buses and taxis are widely available for short trips – but if you are heading from one end of the island to another you may wish to look into a quick flight. The longest flight takes just 40 minutes and, as well as the three main airports, there are smaller aerodromes at Port Antoni and Negril.
Seven miles of pristine beach guarantee the best sunsets on the island – take it all in as you watch the cliff divers as you kick back at the legendary Rick’s Café.
Explore the waterfalls, caves, forests and plantations that surround this resort before taking the opportunity to swim with dolphins at Dolphin Cove or with stingrays Oracabessa.
Visit the birth and burial place of Bob Marley, Jamaica’s most famous son.
The ten-mile shoreline sees not only cruises arrive and depart but also offers coral reefs and blue lagoons that meet stunning beaches backed by lush green hills.
This is where the celebrities hide away in a quiet haven that’s ideal for fishing, rainforest treks, diving and relaxing.
Arrival and departure taxes of US$35 are usually included in the cost of your plane ticket, but it’s worth double checking that this is the case with your chosen airline.
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