Jamaica Water Temperature

Jamaica is the third largest island in a group called the Greater Antilles after Cuba and Hispaniola which is home to Cuba and the Dominican Republic. It is the 5th biggest of all the Caribbean islands and one of the most popular destinations in the world.

From it’s mountainous interior which is famous for Blue Mountain coffee to the white, palm fringed beaches, this friendly island has it all. A fabulous climate, plenty of historic attractions and excellent watersports and beaches make it a favourite with all ages. It is also a highly popular wedding location, and there are several upmarket resorts to cater to romantics and newlyweds. Jamaica is easy to reach from most parts of the world, via flights to Norman Manley International Airport close to its capital city of Kingston.

Jamaica: The current water temperature 82.4 °F

The temperature is suitable for swimming

Jamaica’s beaches and stunning coast are blessed with clear, warm waters that are always warm enough to swim in, even during the winter months. The lowest temperatures in January are approximately 64F or 18C. The temperature rises steadily as the hours of sunlight per day increase to their peak of 8.9 in April and the average is 66F or 21C. You’ll find the warmest Caribbean waters in July, August and September when the temperature is around 84F or 29C or a nice hot bath. The sea is perfect for swimming, diving, snorkelling and sailing, and though surfing is not widespread there are several fairly good sites.

Climate for Jamaica

Average high °F Average low °F Daily mean °F Avg. Rainy days Avg. Sunny hours
January 25,7 9,3 17,6 16 3,2
February 27,5 11,3 19,4 14 4,2
March 37 21,6 29,5 13 4,7
April 50,5 33,6 42,1 12 6,2
May 61,5 44,6 53,1 13 7,1
June 70 53,4 61,7 12 8
July 76,6 60,3 68,5 9 9,1
August 75,4 58,8 67,1 10 8
September 67,5 51,1 59,4 11 5,6
October 55,6 40,3 47,8 13 4,7
November 44,1 30,7 37,4 16 2,8
December 31,8 16,5 24,3 17 2,4

At just 10 metres above sea level, the land temperature in Jamaica is warm throughout the entire year. You can expect temperatures to be lowest in January through February, with an average of 72F or 22C which is still warm enough for shorts and t-shirts. The highest temperatures are in July right through to October when the mercury rises to around 88F or 31F on most days. The month that is likely to be driest is March, while October is usually the month with the most rainfall. Take light cotton clothing and sunscreen and be ready to spend long, sunny days on the beautiful beaches.

14 Days Weather Forecast for Jamaica

You should see this when you in Jamaica

Kingston is Jamaica’s capital and it is an essential stop for music fans, and the Bob Marley museum on Hope Road has numerous exhibits and lots of memorabilia pertaining the the island’s most famous son. There are lots of friendly cafes and bars where you can catch up and coming musicians and lots of clubs where you can hear reggae, dancehall, r&b and soca. Plan a trip to Port Royal; the city was a haven for pirates back in the 17th century until it was struck by an earthquake in 1692. Henry Morgan was once of the most famous of all and you can learn all about him in the museum and explore Fort Charles, St. Peter’s Church which dates from the 18th century and Fort Rocky.

Once you’ve discovered a little of the history and culture of Jamaica, relax with a cool drink on one of the spectacular beaches such as Turtle Bay at Ocho Rios. Ochi as the locals call it is famous for its star attractions, the spectacular Dunn River Falls, a series of waterfalls which have graced posters, advertisements and films all over the world. Try snorkelling at the reef just off Mahogany Beach or relax on the quieter Reggae Beach. From Montego Bay to Port Antonio, there are literally dozens of fabulous beaches to discover, and the warm Caribbean waters add to their allure and make them extra special.
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