Visiting Jamaica in July? Everything you would want to know before you go (Updated for 2024)
Thinking of going to Jamaica in July?
Everyone wants to know … What’s there to do in Jamaica? What’s in season? What’s the weather like in Jamaica in July? We answer those questions plus give a few insider tips to help you enjoy your vacation.
Is July a good month to go to Jamaica?
In my book, every month is a good month to be in Jamaica. In July, the temperature will be up a bit into the low 90s, but still very comfortable. It’s the beginning of hurricane season; but, the risk of a direct hit is statistically low.
July is the off-season. There are fewer tourists in Jamaica then than during the high season, but it’s still a pretty popular month.
Lodging prices are generally lower than in December through April but aren’t as low as in September. Read why the offseason is a great time to go to Jamaica.
July in Jamaica usually means the start of dance season for the National Dance Theatre Company and Reggae Sumfest.
So how can you enjoy Jamaica in July?
Read on for a more detailed view.
Public Holidays in Jamaica in July
There are no public holidays in Jamaica in July. That’s a good thing because Jamaica almost shuts down for business on public holidays.
July 4th is not a holiday in Jamaica. You could find that airfares are higher for that weekend since many people do come to Jamaica for the long weekend.
Fruits and Foods in Season in Jamaica in July
There is always some fruit in season in Jamaica.
Every Jamaican knows mango season. It is one of the blessings of Summer. Traditionally, mango season has been from May to July.
Mangoes of all types abound – Julie, Bombay, East Indian, Number 11, Stringy, Millie, Fine skin, common mango, Millie.
Everyone has a favorite. Which is yours?
Jamaicans use this to make a very refreshing drink.
Many believe that it helps to soothe the nerves and also with high blood pressure. It is very rich in Vitamin C.
Some believe that it has cancer-fighting capabilities; however, that has not been proven.
This fruit (or vegetable) was responsible for all that commotion with Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty.
This very versatile fruit is a staple in the Jamaican diet. Many believe that this high-protein plant has the potential to end world hunger.
It is most abundant during June through August. It is eaten roasted, boiled or fried in the manner of rice or potatoes. There are even drink recipes using breadfruit.
Roasted or fried breadfruit is a great accompaniment to ackee and saltfish for breakfast or with jerk anything for lunch.
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.
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 in April to July.
Lobster Season in Jamaica
Lobster season is now open – from July 1 to March 30th!!
Officially, lobster season is closed between April 1 and June 30th each year. The Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries can change the end date to close the season, but so far we haven’t heard anything about that.
Conch Season in Jamaica
Conch season is open in July!
The season is closed from August 1st to February 28th the following year.
Weather in Jamaica in July
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 July 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 sunshine per day in July: 8hrs
Average amount of daylight per day in July: ~13hrs
Sunrise: between 5:37 and 5:47 am
Sunset: between 6:50 and 6:45 pm
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 daytime 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 July is about 86°F/30°C. Average minimum temperature is around 72°F/22°C.
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 9 days with some rainfall during the month of July.
Average monthly rainfall for the month of July is less than 3 inches. 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 July is about 84°F/29°C.
Risk of hurricane
Hurricane season is June 1 – November 30.
Tropical storm risk for the month of July is, historically, <1%.
Be sure to get trip insurance when you travel, especially internationally. This is particularly true during hurricane season.
Is July high or low season in Jamaica?
July is low season, which runs from April 15 – December 15th.
Hotel rates may be lower than during high season. See our blog post – 8 Reasons You Should Visit Jamaica in the Off Season.
What are tourist crowds like at the airport in Jamaica in July?
July is traditionally the busiest month for arrivals at Montego Bay Airport. March, June, August, and December are also 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!
Where in Jamaica should you stay for your vacation
There are six (6) established tourist regions – Ocho Rios (which includes Discovery Bay, Montego Bay, Negril, South Coast, Kingston, and Portland. Each area has its own flavor.
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?
Always stay at a property that is licensed by the Tourist Board. 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.
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 great to visit in Jamaica in July?
There are tons of things to do in Jamaica. The options depend on what your interests are.
Here are two popular ones to get you started.
1.Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay
Puerto Seco Beach Club in Discovery Bay Jamaica
2. Martha Brae Rafting in Falmouth
Martha Brae River Rafting Jamaica
If you want other ideas for things to do in Jamaica, click here.
What’s going on? Things to do in Jamaica in July
Take note: Most Jamaica events calendars are woefully inaccurate. This is even more true as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Typical Annual Events in Jamaica in July
Do you love to watch polo matches? Well, you will be in luck. The local polo season continues through the month of July at the St. Ann Polo Club in Drax Hall, about 20 minutes east of Discovery Bay.
If polo is your thing, you can catch a match on Saturdays in July.
Location: St. Ann’s Polo Club, Drax Hall, St. Ann
Shout out to the National Theater Dance Company (NDTC) on its 56th anniversary this year!
Their dance season runs from July to August. They don’t do many performances on the island as they travel frequently. Catch a show if you can.
As one fan on their Facebook page describes them … “An extraordinary high caliber performing group that is part of the Jamaican culture as Ackee and Salt fish … captivating movements to watch, skin tingling music to listen to .. totally professional, absolutely world-class.”
I could not have said it better myself.
Date: Season of Dance runs from late July to mid-August. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 5 pm.
Location: Little Theatre, 4 Tom Redcam Avenue, Kingston
Morphed out of the former Reggae Sunsplash, Reggae Sumfest is a 5-day annual music festival that was started in 1993.
Held every year in mid to late July, this almost week-long event tends to attract a younger crowd with more current artistes, and doesn’t have a spiritual or “holistic” vibe like, for example, Rebel Salute. See their website for the lineup.
If you plan on going, buy your tickets online ahead of time. Prices go up on the day of the show!
Date: Generally held mid to late July.
Location: Catherine Hall Festival Grounds, Montego Bay
Phone: (876) 953-2933 or (876) 906-7644
The annual Emancipation Jubilee will be held at the Seville Great House in St. Ann. The event honors the African ancestors and their contribution to present-day Jamaica.
Usually beginning at about 6 pm with the main event starting at about 8 pm and lasting to dawn, the event features music and dancing by cultural groups and traditional foods. The Emancipation Proclamation is read at midnight. Several reggae and gospel artistes perform from after midnight to morning. Traditional chocolate tea is usually served during the night.
Date: July 31 – August 1. Celebratory events will go on through the first week of August at various locations throughout the island
Location: Seville Heritage Park, St. Ann
Facebook (Seville Heritage Park): https://www.facebook.com/Seville/
Facebook (Jamaica National Heritage Trust): https://www.facebook.com/JNHT1/
Have you been to Jamaica in July? Did we miss something? Do you know of an event in Jamaica in July 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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