What is the weather in Jamaica like in May?


(USA)

QUESTION:


I'm coming the first week in May next year to celebrate my 60th birthday.

I hear that is the start of your rainy season. Will i be disappointed? Should I plan coming sooner?

My B-Day is May 3rd.
Thanks



ANSWER: October 21, 2010 by Wellesley

May is when it usually starts to get a bit hotter, but admittedly yes, mid to late May is when the rainy season usually begins and it extends through November or December.

The heaviest rainfall usually occurs in September and October though (no real surprises currently then).

The Dry Season, which is December to early/mid April is traditionally considered the best time for most visitors. No surprise either that it coincides with what we call the Tourist Season ( Dec. 15 - April 14).

Bear in mind however that this is the more expensive time (relatively) to come to Jamaica. Some people get around this by booking their vacation two to three months in advance while others just come during the summer.

Yes, the summer is when we tend to get a bit more rain, depending on each month, but it is also the time when booking rates are slashed drastically! and hardly anyone get stuck in their hotels for days because of rain anyways.

That said, I have lot's of Jamaican fanatics on this site who come over here whenever, and as often, as they can. I'm sure one of them will have something to add for your information as well.

Note also that this Q&A will also be posted on our popular facebook fan page so I am inviting you to follow the responses over there as well. Our address is http://facebook.com/myislandjamaica.

In the meantime, you can read more on the Jamaican climate here.

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