What’s it like in Jamaica in April – Events, Weather, and More. Updated for 2024

What’s It Like in Jamaica in April (Updated for 2024)

Everyone wants to know … What’s there to do in Jamaica in April? How is the weather in Jamaica in April? Is April a good time to go to Jamaica?

We answer those questions plus give a few insider tips to help you enjoy your vacation.

Jamaica in April usually meant flower shows, kite festivals, carnival, and the end of Spring Break. 

April is a great time to visit Jamaica. Read on and see how can you enjoy Jamaica in April!


So, is April a good time to visit Jamaica?

Yes, it is. April is one of the best times to visit Jamaica. Early April is still high season. The low season begins after the April 15th. There is quite a bit to do in Jamaica in April, especially if Easter falls in April.


Public Holidays in Jamaica in April

Jamaicans take public holidays very seriously. Do not expect much business to be conducted at holiday time. Some businesses close early the day before. Public beaches are often very crowded on public holidays.

Jamaica celebrates Easter! 

Many stores close early on Holy Thursday, the day before Good Friday. Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday) and Easter Monday (Monday after Easter Sunday)  are public holidays.

Easter Monday: April 1, 2024

Easter in Jamaica has changed. It used to be a quite solemn holiday and hardly any business gets done. Nowadays, hardly any business gets done but now there seem to be many parties.


Fruits and Foods in Season in Jamaica in April

There is always some fruit in season in Jamaica. Betcha never heard of some of these! Go should try some of these exotic goodies while you are in Jamaica. They will certainly taste better there than if you try to source them overseas.


Jamaicans say neez-berry. It is called sapodilla in other countries. The fruit had brown skin and brown pulp with black seeds and is in season from March through May


Otaheite apple

This almost pear-shaped fruit is dark red on the outside and snow-white on the inside. There is a hard seed in the center. These apples bear fruit in February and April and also in June and July.

Jamaican fruits in season - Otaheiti apple

Sweet sop

This fruit softens as it ripens at which point it is easily broken to reveal white flesh covering black seeds.

This fruit can be relied on to be sweet. It has a custard-like texture but is not as grainy as custard apples.

Fruits bear from April to July. To enjoy this delicacy, you have to suck the flesh off the seeds. Don’t even bother trying to be elegant about it.


Jamaican Fruits: Sweet sop

Lobster Season in Jamaica

Jamaica lobster

What’s the weather for Jamaica in April

We all want perfect weather conditions on our vacations. The reality is that nature has its own agenda. Here is a guide as to historical weather conditions in the Discovery Bay – Braco area during April in Jamaica.

On average, there are 3002 hours of sunshine per year in Jamaica out of a possible 4383 hours. The sunniest months are January through April, as well as July and August.

Average amount of bright sunshine per day in April: 8hrs

Average amount of daylight per day in April: ~13hrs

Sunrise: between 5:43 and 6:04am

Sunset: between 6:25 and 6:33pm

Northeasterly trade winds keep the coastal areas cool with island temperatures averaging around 71-88°F year-round. Nevertheless, there aren’t wide variations in temperature across the island.

Temperatures do tend to be lower in the mountainous areas such as in the Blue Mountains. Temperatures decrease by about 1°F for every 300ft increase in elevation. The plains such as in Kingston and the more flat and arid southern areas of the island, such as Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth, are hotter.

The warmest months in Jamaica are July and August with average maximum temperature of about 89-90°F. The coolest months are December through February with maximum temperatures of about 84.

Average maximum daytime temperature in Discovery Bay – Braco area in Jamaica in April is about 86°F/30°C.

Average minimum temperature is around 72°F/22°C.

Average Temperature in Discovery Bay Jamaica

If you’re planning a trip to Jamaica in April, you might be wondering whether you should pack an umbrella or not.

The good news is that April is generally considered to be a transition month from the dry season to the rainy season in Jamaica. While rainfall can occur during this time, it is not typically considered to be one of the wettest months in the country.

Regardless of the weather, Jamaica has plenty to offer visitors year-round, from stunning beaches and natural beauty to a rich culture and delicious cuisine. So don’t let a little rain (or the possibility of rain) dampen your spirits – embrace all that this beautiful island nation has to offer!

So, how much rain can you expect? It varies.

Traditionally, the rainy periods are April and May/June and again October to November/December. June and July are generally the driest months. February and March are also traditionally dry months too. This pattern does vary from year to year with much more variability noted in recent years.

The amount of rainfall and the frequency of showers or days of rain can vary quite a bit in Jamaica, even in nearby towns.

For example, there could be significant rainfall in the town of Discovery Bay with hardly a raindrop in our area, five minutes drive away.

In general, the more north-eastern sections of Jamaica gets the most rain. These areas would represent areas east of Ocho Rios and on into Portland, where rainfall averages can be significant.

Rain in Jamaica often is at night or early mornings. Sometimes, rain comes on during the daytime in short quick spurts only to disappear just as quickly as it came. In the rainy period, there can be several consecutive days of rain.

On average, there are about 7 or 8 days with some rainfall during the month of April.

Average monthly rainfall in April is less than an inch. The Discovery Bay area gets less rain than Ocho Rios.

If there are heavy rains, on-river activities, such as river rafting, might be canceled due to high water levels or rapid rivers. Water clarity could also be affected depending on how much rain occurred in the mountains.

Sea water temperature

The sea is warmest during July through October. Average sea water temperature in Discovery Bay in April is about 81°F/27°C.

Average sea water temperature in Discovery Bay Jamaica


April is one of the windiest months. This makes it perfect for kite flying!

In some areas, the wind can cause rough waves which could interfere with snorkeling or scuba diving, which are best in calm waters. The waters in Discovery Bay are generally calm.

Risk of hurricane

April is not in hurricane season.

Hurricane season is June 1 – November 30.

Tropical storm risk is basically zero.


Is April high or low season in Jamaica?

High season runs from December 15th to April 15th. The rest of the year, from April 16th is low season. At the end of the tourist high season, hotel rates go down significantly. Easter, however, is a very popular time in Jamaica so expect higher rates during this week.


What are tourist crowds like at the airport in Jamaica in April?

April is a fairly busy month primarily due to visitors for Spring Break and Easter.

The five busiest months for arrivals at Montego Bay’s airport are March, June, July, August, and December, with July being especially busy. This makes sense as it coincides with many holidays, including school holidays.

September, October, and November see the fewest number of arrivals every year. Hint, those are great months to snag deals!


Busiest Months for Arrivals at Montego Bay’s airport in Jamaica

Where in Jamaica should you stay for your vacation

There are six general tourist reasons in Jamaica – Ocho Rios (which encompasses Discovery Bay, Montego Bay, Negril, South Coast, Kingston, and Portland. Each area  offers a different experience.

Read our blog post on how to decide where to stay in Jamaica for a description of the various tourist regions on the island.


Which property to choose for your stay in Jamaica?

Stay at a property that is licensed by the Tourist Board and certified COVID-resilient by Jamaica’s Tourism Development Product (TPDCO). This ensures that the property meets the standards for health and safety. 

Pick a villa or resort that is loaded with amenities so that you won’t be bored and you can spend more of your vacation relaxing, unwinding, and getting to know your travel partners better.

If you are traveling as a group, consider a stay at a villa, such as Mais Oui Villa in Discovery Bay, a much better option than a resort to socially-distance from strangers.


If you love our house (Mais Oui Villa) and want to stay with us, here is the link to our own website to book directly with us: https://MakeItJamaica.com

If for whatever reason you wish to book through an online agency, here are the links to our listings. They will charge you a fee, but if you don’t mind, and it makes you feel better, even safer, then, by all means, go ahead and book through them. We prefer for you to book through them than to not book at all.





Which attractions are open in Jamaica?

There are tons of things to do in Jamaica. The options depend on what your interests are. 


Here are three popular ones to get you started.

1. Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay

Puerto Seco Beach Club Discovery Bay Jamaica

2. Swamp Safari in Falmouth

Holding a crocodile at jamaica Swamp Safari Village

3. Konoko Falls in Ocho Rios

Konoko Falls, Ocho Rios, Jamaica


If you want other ideas for things to do in Jamaica, click here.


What’s going on? Things to do in Jamaica in April

After researching this topic, there is one thing I know for sure. Most event calendars in Jamaica are woefully inaccurate. 

Many popular websites still list events that have long been abandoned or happened in the distant past. Outdated websites and inactive Facebook pages are not uncommon.

Additionally, except for the large shows that draw an international crowd, most of the events are not well publicized and neither are they advertised far enough in advance.

Most events have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and never returned.

If you are planning your vacation around a specific event, make sure you double-check the dates, ideally with the organizers, before confirming your travel plans.


Typical Annual Events in Jamaica in April

Held in Black River, St. Elizabeth, this is one of the biggest and best flower shows in Jamaica. It has been held on Easter Monday since 1963. Combined with sightseeing options on the South Coast, this would be a great day trip to take from the Discovery Bay area.

Date:  Easter Monday
Location: Independence Park, Black River, St. Elizabeth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/St-Elizabeth-Horticultural-Society-Flower-Show

This is an annual sailing event involving several races over Easter Weekend.

The Yacht Club is a little over an hour’s drive from Discovery Bay.

For questions or interest in racing, contact Mike Morse at 876-327-7038

Yacht club’s phone number: 876-979-7038

Dates:  Easter weekend

Jamaica National Dance Company

Every Easter Sunday morning for more than 30 years, the National Theater Dance Company’s (NDTC’s) dancers, singers, and orchestra in collaboration with the Little Theatre Movement have put on a program that is a sight to behold – an experience that stirs the soul and stimulates the mind.

In their own words, they describe the performance as follows: “NDTC’s diversity and texture catch the moods of worship, utilizing Black spirituals, Native American spiritual music, Jamaican revival, and ritual chants, South African praise songs as well as Europe’s liturgical music, providing audiences with what has been repeatedly dubbed a sense of fulfillment in observing the Easter mood of resurrection, renewal, and spiritual upliftment”.

Date: Easter Sunday at 6 am
Location: Little Theatre, Kingston
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NDTCJamaica/

Carnival runs from February through April with the events getting bigger and bigger towards the end of the period. Traditionally, it is a 6 week season ending on the Sunday after Easter Monday. The finale is a weeklong series of fetes, concerts, and street parades.

Most events take place in Kingston, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay. If you want to be directly in the mix of things, then Discovery Bay would not be for you. If you want to partake but want breathing space, then Discovery Bay would be a great location for you. Definitely stay outside of the hub hub of Kingston, Ocho Rios, or Montego Bay.

Carnival really started in Kingston so that is where you will find the more spectacular events. With the new toll road, you could be in Kingston in just over an hour making it an easy day or half-day trip from Discovery Bay. There is so much to see and do in Kingston so you would be better off planning this as a day trip.

This annual event has really taken traction and gets bigger every year. There is a big focus on the art of kite making and flying but what’s a festival without music and food. Even international reggae artist, Shaggy, was there one year.

Date: Easter Monday
Location: Grizzly’s Plantation, Richmond, Priory, St. Ann
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Jamaica-International-Kite-Festival

Jamaica Biennial

Jamaica Biennial

The National Gallery of Art’s flagship biennial exhibition showcases works of art in all media and genres by a wide variety of artists who enter the exhibition through a juried system or by special invitation.

If you are an art lover, you will want to see this exhibit. The National Gallery in Kingston has the largest collection. This would be a great stop on a visit to Kingston.

Dates:  February through May in odd years
Locations: National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, National Gallery West in Montego Bay, and Devon House in Kingston
Website: http://www.natgalja.org.jm

Carnival of Speed

Jamaica Race Drivers Club puts on exciting races over Easter Monday, Independence Day, and Heroes Day at Dover Raceway, St. Ann.

Dover Raceway is on the way to Browns Town, about 20 minutes or so from Discovery Bay

Dates: Easter Monday 
Location: Dover Raceway, St. Ann
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dover-Raceway

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

The festival has long been considered a premier music event in the Caribbean for over 20 years. Past artistes have included Romain Virgo, Arturo Tappin, Kes the Band, Jon Secada, Alicia Keyes, Crystal Gayle, and others.

After a 5-year hiatus, the festival was held virtually in 2021. A live event was planned for 2023. Let’s see what happens for 2024.

Website: https://jamaicajazzandblues.com

Jamaica Pantomime

Jamaica Pantomime

Jamaica’s Theatre season runs from December through May. The national pantomime, a central main event of the season, has been running annually since the 1940s.

The pantomime is a play that is usually a musical comedy making satirical references to Jamaican culture, folklore, as well as historical and or current events and politics.

The costumes and sets are usually vibrant, creative, and colorful. The dialog is primarily in Patois and without some local knowledge, it can be difficult for foreigners to follow along.

Most Jamaican plays cater to mature audiences; however, the pantomime caters to patrons of all ages and backgrounds.

Date: December 26 –  May 31st
Location: Little Theatre, Kingston
Website: http://www.ltmpantomime.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamaicanTheatre/

International Jazz Appreciation Day

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. In 2011, UNESCO designated April 30th as International Jazz Day.

Look out for a concert put on by the Edna Marley Center for the Visual & Performing Arts to celebrate International Jazz Day. Details are not yet available.

Date: end of April
Location: Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, 5 Arthur Wint Drive, Kingston
Website: http://www.ltmpantomime.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamaicanTheatre/

Have you been to Jamaica in April? Did we miss something? Do you know of an event that we should include? Let us know so that we may update the post.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.


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‘Til next time.

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Sherry, Darrell & Darrian

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