A Close-Up At Ocho Rios Weather: When Is The Best Time To Go?


With gorgeous beaches, family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, and unique natural attractions like the Ocho Rios Blue Hole, Ocho Rios can be a wonderful place to vacation. Ocho Rios is a port town on the north coast of Jamaica. It is one of those areas that you can spend time in while in Jamaica and be assured of finding suitable accommodation and something to do for everyone.

When planning an Ocho Rios vacation, it's worthwhile to take a look at the weather from month to month. This can help you decide the best time to visit Jamaica. While Ocho Rios has absolutely beautiful weather year-round, a month-to-month synopsis can help you plan the best activities during your trip. You can also get details about the temperature variations from day to night and water temperatures as well. We’ve included these and other details in this post to help you plan a memorable getaway in Jamaica.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in January?

The weather can be a bit chilly in Ocho Rios in January because it’s generally the coldest month on the island. Keep in mind that ‘island chilly’ is different from what you'd consider chilly in other parts of the world. In the islands, a colder month means that you’ll probably just need to bring a light jacket and warmer clothing for the evenings.

In Ocho Rios, during the month of January, you can expect daily high temperatures of around 83°F. January temperatures are rarely below 79°F or over 86°F. Nightly temperatures in Ocho Rios during this month are typically around 74°F. Temps are pretty stable in Jamaica overall, and, in January, it would be unusual to experience anything below 70°F or above 77°F at night.

When it comes to planning your Ocho Rios vacation in Jamaica, keep in mind that this area tends to be at its chilliest towards the end of the month. The lowest average temperature during this time of year is 73°F, and this usually occurs on the 31st of January. The average sea temperature in Ocho Rios in January is 80.2°F.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in February?

The weather is usually a bit warmer in February. This is a good month to visit Ocho Rios if you want a vacation where you can enjoy the sunshine but still experience some cool breezes as well. In February, you can expect to find daily high temperatures of about 82°F in Ocho Rios. Temperatures at this time of year don’t usually go lower than 80°F or higher than 85°F. At night, temperatures are around 73°F and rarely fall below 70°F or exceed 76°F.

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Pictured: February is a great time to enjoy the ocean near Ocho Rios, Jamaica! The cozy beach at Beaches Ocho Rios is an excellent setting for a day of splashing with the family.

In terms of sea temperatures, the average for Ocho Rios during the month of February is 80.2°F. This can be a great time to enjoy some diving on the island, or just swimming in crystal clear seas. Also, February tends to see the least amount of average rainfall in Ocho Rios. This is great news for more beautiful and sunny days at the beach!


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in March?

February and March are both pretty dry months in Ocho Rios. If you visit this part of Jamaica during the month of March, you can expect to enjoy daily high temperatures around 83°F. It is uncommon for temperatures in this area to fall below 80°F during this time of year. Temperatures don’t typically exceed 86°F either.

During your Ocho Rios vacation in the month of March, you’ll be in just the right space to paint the town red or enjoy some fun nighttime outings with your family. At night, temperatures in Ocho Rios tend to be about 74°F. Very rarely are temperatures under 71°F or exceeding 77°F in the nighttime around this time of year. Average ocean temperatures in Ocho Rios in March are around 80.8°F.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in April?

April is one of the best times to go to Jamaica and daily high temperatures in Ocho Rios during this time are around 84°F. Temperatures are, for the most part, steady during this time of year, hardly ever going below 81°F or exceeding 87°F. At night, temperatures around 75°F are common. Temperatures don’t usually go lower than 72°F or higher than 78°F in Ocho Rios during this time of year.

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Pictured: Couples traveling to Ocho Rios, Jamaica can find find unlimited food and cocktails, and great times in the Jamaican sunshine at Sandals Ochi.

As April is still considered part of the high season, you’ll find a variety of things to do in Ocho Rios, whether you travel there on your own, or with family and friends. An April vacation in Ocho Rios will be ideal for spending endless days lounging on the beach. If you stay at an all-inclusive resort, pool time can also be on the agenda. In terms of the ocean, the average temperature is usually around 82°F in Ocho Rios during the month of April.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in May?

May is a good time to head to Jamaica if you're looking for a sunny all-inclusive vacation with lots of ocean breeze mixed in as well. Mid-May, winds typically start picking up, which can be welcome to help you cool off from the sun. Daytime high temperatures are usually around 86°F during this month. These temps don't often go below 83°F or above 88°F. At night, temperatures in Ocho Rios are around 77°F. It is uncommon to see temperatures in this area below 74°F or higher than 80°F at night in May. The average ocean temperature in May averages 82.8°F in Ocho Rios.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in June?

It isn't always windy in Ocho Rios, but the month of June tends to be a bit windier than most other months. This is also one of the hotter months of the year, so a little wind can be welcome. Daily high temperatures are around 87°F in June rarely falling below 84°F or exceeding 89°F. Temperatures are usually in the region of 78°F at night. Temperatures during this month don't typically fall below 75°F or go over 80°F. Ocean temperatures in June average at 83.5°F.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in July?

With a July vacation that leads to Jamaica, you can expect daily high temperatures of around 88°F. Temperatures during this time of year don't usually go much lower than 86°F or higher than 90°F. July is an excellent time to visit Jamaica for a beach vacation because it’s the hottest month of the year. The middle of this month tends to record the highest temperatures. To cool off, you’ll have plenty of amazing beaches to enjoy in Ocho Rios. There are also water park resorts in Ocho Rios where kids can have fun and stay cool.

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At night, temperatures in Ocho Rios tend to be around 78°F. Rarely will you notice these temperatures going above 76°F or exceeding 80°F. Ocean temperatures in Ocho Rios in July are usually around 84.4°F.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in August?

In August, temperatures in Ocho Rios tend to be around 88°F. Very rarely will these temperatures go lower than 85°F or exceed 90°F. At night, temperatures tend to be around 78°F. Experiencing temperatures below 76°F or higher than 80°F is rare in Ocho Rios in the month of August. The almost predictability of the weather in Jamaica during this month can make it easier to plan your trip.

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If you want to go snorkeling or scuba diving while in Ocho Rios in August, you can expect ocean temperatures to be around 85.8°F (average high). These temperatures also extend to the month of September. The start of August tends to be the windiest in Ocho Rios. This is important to keep in mind if you plan on doing water sports and other outdoor Ocho Rios excursions. Halfway through and towards the end of this month, things tend to get a lot calmer in terms of the weather.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in September?

If you're planning a vacation in Ocho Rios during the month of September expect to find daily high temperatures around 87°F. These temps don’t usually fall below 84°F or go higher than 89°F. In the nighttime, temperatures tend to hover around 78°F. It is rare for temperatures in Ocho Rios to fall below 75°F or exceed 80°F in September.

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If you’re looking to partake in water sports in Ocho Rios in September, keep in mind that August and September see the highest ocean temperatures in Ocho Rios at an average of 85.8°F. This can make swimming on the beach a dream as you’ll be able to dip in and out of the water as you feel without worrying about cold temperatures.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in October?

There are lots of good reasons to visit Ocho Rios in October including the fact that you're likely to experience daily high temperatures of around 86°F. Temperatures don't often fall below 83°F or go over 89°F during the month of October. At night, temperatures are around 77°F in Ocho Rios. These temperatures won't typically fall below 74°F or go higher than 80°F. Sea temperatures tend to be in the region of 84.9°F during this time of year.

October is the least windy time to visit Ocho Rios, and, as a result, it is the most humid month as well. This month also sees the highest average rainfall, ending the wet season in Jamaica. While in Jamaica, you might want to check out these Ocho Rios resorts where you can find something exciting to do rain or shine.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in November?

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In the month of November, Ocho Rios records temperatures of around 85°F. As you're exploring this popular area in Jamaica, you’ll probably notice that temps don't often fall below 81°F or exceed 88°F around this time of year. At night, November temperatures average 76°F, rarely falling below 73°F or exceeding 79°F. This is a great month to try new water sports or even visit one of the best beaches in Jamaica as ocean temperatures are usually around 84°F.


What's the weather in Ocho Rios like in December?

December is a great time to visit Ocho Rios with daily high temperatures around 83°F. You can plan your Jamaica vacation around this time keeping in mind that temperatures are unlikely to fall below 80°F or exceed 86°F. There's quite a lot going on in Ocho Rios night and day, and if you head out at night, expect temperatures of around 74°F. It is not common to experience temperatures below 71°F or above 77°F in Ocho Rios during this time of year. During the month of December, sea temperatures in Ocho Rios average 82.6°F.

Expert tip: If you'll be vacationing in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, you can learn a lot from our Jamaica travel tips dos and don’ts. Follow these for a smooth and fun vacation!




Liquid sunshine: Rainfall in Ocho Rios

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Ocho Rios is one of the drier regions in Jamaica but, much like other parts of this island, the wet and dry seasons are still recognized. The wet season starts around July and ends in October. While the wet season will probably be just as sunny, you can expect a few partly cloudy days with showers here and there. The dry season tends to feature more consistent weather and less possibility of rain.

During the wet season, the month of October tends to see a bit more rainfall but this isn't always significant. The rain comes and goes as it pleases, and sometimes it can be welcome to cool off on a super hot day. If you already have your flight booked for October or intend to travel during that time, keep in mind that it is uncommon for rain to last for extensive periods in Jamaica. Once cloudy conditions go away, the sunshine will be right back and so will the warm temperatures.


The weather is just fine in Ocho Rios

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Pictured: A breathtaking view of Beaches Ocho Rios.

If you plan on going to Ocho Rios, Jamaica for a vacation, expect to have sunny skies and to feel like you should be at the beach every moment of the day! Fortunately, there are many beaches in this part of Jamaica, and, if you stay at an all-inclusive resort like Beaches Ocho Rios, lots of pools too! Catering to the comfort of guests, Beaches Ocho Rios has swim-up bars for both kids and adults, which means you can indulge in all your favorite drinks while relaxing in the swimming pool.

There’s quite a lot to love about this family-friendly resort, especially if you’re traveling in a group. Kids can enjoy the Kids Camp, a water park, endless land and water sports, entertainment, and other kids programs while adults can indulge in whatever it is they feel like including a spa! Whether you go to Ocho Rios today, tomorrow, or in the next few weeks or months, chances are you'll be able to enjoy some amazingly warm weather and exciting excursions and events.

Insider tip: There are just a handful of all-inclusive Jamaica resorts to choose from that cater to families. If you’re still planning your vacation, take a look at these all-inclusive family resorts and all-inclusive group vacation packages.




Kylie Morrow

About Kylie Morrow

Writing for 13-years, Kylie discovered that experiences tell the best stories. As a Caribbean mother who wrote for newspapers, magazines, and blogs, she believes inspiration is even found in our kids!