Jamaica's off-season falls from July through September, when hot temperatures and the threat of hurricanes drive most tourists elsewhere. Travelers willing to risk Jamaica's hurricane season will be rewarded with off-season rates that appeal to your pocketbook. Expect hotel rate reductions of up to 60 percent, with significant discounts on package tours and excursions as well. Hurricanes are most likely to strike in August or September, so early summer travelers shouldn't face anything more than an occasional afternoon shower.
Jamaica is beautiful, affordable in summer — Photo courtesy of 04deveni
Temperatures hover in the 80s with cool Atlantic breezes cooling things off, and everything from beaches to golf courses will be blissfully quiet during the summer months. While some hotels and attractions close for renovations during the slow summer months, Jamaica's abundant natural wonders are always open for business. Snorkeling and diving excursions are still offered but at greatly reduced rates, and you'll be even more likely than usual to find your own private stretch of sand to laze away the day on.
If you time your trip right, you may be treated to one of Jamaica's delightful festivals. In early June, Jamaica hosts more than 30 events as part of the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, where you'll see performers from around the world showcase their talents. Mid-July brings Reggae Sumfest, Jamaica's largest music festival, to Montego Bay. The concert series typically features a range of local reggae artists with appearances by internationally known artists as well. Past performers have included Rihanna, 50 Cent and Usher.