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February In Jamaica
What's the Weather? What To Do?

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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Planning an early trip to Jamaica? The month of February may be the perfect timing. Jamaica is great all year round as each month truly offers something special, and February is no different. So, let’s look into what February in Jamaica is like and why it would be a great time for you to visit.

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The Weather In February In Jamaica

First off, the weather. February is one of the best months to visit Jamaica because of the delightful weather. With less rainfall and temperatures closer to January's average, February is the driest month on the island. In February, the temperature in Jamaica might drop to about 66°F (18°C) from a high of 82°F (27°C).

The days are typically sunny and warm, perfect for enjoying outdoor activities such as lounging on pristine beaches, hiking through lush rainforests, or exploring historical sites. The evenings are comfortably cool, offering a refreshing reprieve after a day of adventure. It’s the perfect time for exploring the island.

Outside of the great weather, you can also look forward to a variety of festivities, such as:

Activities In February

  1. Bob Marley Day: On February 6th, we celebrate Bob Marley Day in Jamaica, commemorating the birth anniversary of our legendary reggae musician. February often sees various tributes, concerts, and cultural events honouring Marley's legacy. Fans from around the globe gather to pay homage to the man who brought reggae music to the world stage. It's a time for reflection, celebration and unity as Marley's music continues to inspire generations.

  2. Reggae Month: Not only is there Bob Marley Day, but February is also recognized as Reggae Month. It’s dedicated to celebrating our iconic musical genre and its cultural significance to us. Throughout the month, many events take place, including concerts, panel discussions, film screenings, and exhibitions highlighting the history and evolution of reggae music. As a visitor, it is an opportune time to immerse yourself in the culture and history of reggae, experiencing firsthand its power to uplift, educate, and unite not just us as Jamaicans but people from all walks of life.

  3. Jamaica Carnival: While the main carnival parade usually takes place in April, February marks the beginning of our carnival season with pre-carnival, and many soca-themed parties as well. It's a festive time filled with music, dance, and camaraderie, perfect for letting loose and having fun.

  4. Valentine's Day: Of course, we know that February is also the season of love. Jamaica offers the perfect romantic backdrop for Valentine's Day. As a couple, you can indulge in a ton of romantic experiences, from private beach picnics and sunset cruises to candlelit dinners at upscale restaurants. Resorts and hotels often offer special Valentine's Day packages complete with champagne, chocolates, and couples' spa treatments, allowing visitors like yourself to create lasting memories.

  5. Public Holidays: There is one major holiday in February - Ash Wednesday. Deeply significant for us as a predominantly Christian country, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of reflection and spiritual renewal.

    A practice carried forward from ancient Christian traditions, it is observed with solemn church services where believers receive ashes on their foreheads as a symbol of repentance and mortality.

    Most of us decide during the period of Lent to abstain from meat and engage in acts of self-denial and reflection, emphasizing the call to turn away from sin. Despite its roots in Christianity, culturally, it's the norm for us to use the day to have fun, go to the beach, attend community fun days and a variety of other events. So, even if the day doesn’t find you in church, there are many other activities to enjoy.

Is it a good time to go to Jamaica in February?

Absolutely. February is an excellent time for travellers to visit our island with its combination of favourable weather, cultural festivities, and fewer crowds compared to peak tourist season. With sunny days, mild temperatures, and minimal rainfall, you can fully enjoy our outdoor attractions and activities.

The array of special events, from Bob Marley Day to Soca and Ash Wednesday events offer unique opportunities to immerse oneself in the vibrant culture and music of Jamaica.

Additionally, Valentine's Day provides a romantic setting for couples to escape and reconnect amidst the island's tropical beauty. So yes, February is a wonderful time for you to visit.

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References & Sources For February In Jamaica

  1. When is the best time to visit Jamaica? (no date) Trip Canvas. Available at: (Accessed: 19 February 2024).Senior, Olive, Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage, 2003
  2. Wallace & Robinson, Creating Jamaica, Our Early Years, Carlong Publishers
  3. Black, Clinton V. History Of Jamaica, 2005
  4. Simpson, Joanne, M. Why Heritage, "A Guide To The Importance Of Our Jamaican Story"
  5. Sherlock, Phillip & Bennett, Hazel, "The Story Of The Jamaican People" (independence)
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