The Best Time To Visit Jamaica Is Now

The Best Time To Visit Jamaica

Tourists visit Jamaica many different reasons: For example, some visit to get a taste of the Jamaican foods; Some to experience the Jamaican culture. Some for the sun, sea and sand, still others for other reasons, or a combination of reasons.

If you visit Jamaica at this time of the year (Summer: June to September), then you are going to experience the hottest time of the year.

So hot that the Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging Jamaicans (and I would believe visitors too), to take precautionary measures to reduce exposure to heat and limit the serious effects it can have on the body. 

That was reported in the Daily Gleaner on Tuesday June 25, 2019. The Ministry says excessive heat stress is harmful to our  health and can even lead to death.

The report noted that Jamaica, as other Caribbean countries, has a heat season that is usually experienced between May and October each year.

“Heat-related illnesses include heat exhaustion, heat rash, heat (muscle) cramps, and the most severe illness, heat stroke. Heat Stroke may be fatal,” cited Dr  Nicole Dawkins-Wright, Director of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services at the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Signs to look out for indicating the onset of a heat stroke include a very high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit), hot and dry skin, a throbbing headache and dizziness.

There are other signs to be mindful of include altered mental state or behaviour, flushed skin, vomiting, rapid breathing, nausea, and a racing heart rate.

“If any of these signs are identified or experienced, you are advised to get immediate medical attention, while finding ways to cool down the person, such as sponging with cold water, wrapping the person in a wet, cold sheet and fanning the person vigorously,” advised Dr. Nicole.

Extreme heat stress may also cause the failure of some organs in your body triggering medical conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension.

Some persons are also at greater risk of being affected by heat.

Those that are most vulnerable are the infants and children younger than six years of age, as well as the elderly, persons who are overweight and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Best time to visit Jamaica
Best time to visit Jamaica

In order to prevent illness associated with the heat, members of the public are encouraged to:

* Hydrate with purified room temperature water, especially when it is hot and humid.

* Drink more fluids, limit or avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and beverages that contain alcohol.

* Drink more water than normal before, during and after vigorous activities (at least 15 minutes before, and take fluid breaks at least every 15 minutes).

* Exercise indoors where possible.

* Drink more water than normal if you are exposed to heat for long periods (greater than two hours).

* Stay out of the sun as much as possible during the middle of the day, such as by limiting outdoor activities to mornings and evenings; and seeking out shade when outdoors.

*Wear light-weight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fabrics.

* You are also advised to avoid crowded locations and ensure that your homes or dwellings are well ventilated.

These tips and advise are for visitors and locals alike. Take precautionary measures while you are working or enjoying yourself.

And don’t be selfish, look out for others who may be at risk, especially the most vulnerable.

The weather pattern is changing all over the world, and nations are experiencing new and strange weather developments.

Here in Jamaica, vast improvement of the Weather Radar capabilities of the Meteorological Service is promised by Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Best Time to Visit Jamaica
Best Time to Visit Jamaica

Mr Vaz says this improved capacity will come with the installation of a new S-Band Doppler Weather Radar.

It is critically important to replace the 20-year-old almost obsolete radar, citing the increasing failure of the aged system.  The new system signals a resolve to meet the global challenges of weather and climate, according to the minister.

Mr Vaz during the signing of the contract said, “Jamaica will also be able to better serve the Caribbean Community as we integrate our observations into the mosaic of stations under operation in the region, and also contribute to the surveillance of the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, Florida, under their Tropical Cyclone Programme,” he noted.

So, if your goal is to enjoy the sand, sea and sun, then summer is the time of the year for you. During that time of the year also, you can experience some of the island richest culture like the world number reggae show called “Reggae Sumfest.”

The winter is celebrated as the best time for visitors to flood the island. This is so mainly because of the one climate all year round. If the truth be told, you can visit the island of Jamaica any time of the year, if you are just looking for vacation destination location.

Jamaica is only 4,411 square, or  11,424 square kilometers is known by almost every nation on earth as an ideal tourist attraction. To the extent that TripAdvisor recent rankings place Jamaica as the Number One Caribbean Destination and the 14th Best visitors Destination in the World.

These achievements are being hailed by Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett as a huge vote of confidence in the country’s tourism sector.

Mr Bartlett states that the rankings reflect the quality of the workers and operators of tourism entities.

The tourism minister’s comments came against the background of TripAdvisor, the social travel website’s rankings being highlighted in a feature by expert travel writer Debbi Kickham in the online edition of Forbes magazine.

Kickham, in her article published on June 21, confirmed that after a week-long visit to Jamaica, she was happy to report that the island is filled with alluring beauty and charm.

“Is it any wonder, then, that Jamaica, in 2019, has been ranked by TripAdvisor as the Number One Caribbean Destination, and the Number 14 Best Destination in the World?

But the story does not end there, here are some more first for this little island: The International Council of the Pacific Area Travel Writers’ Association named Jamaica as the “Destination of the Year”; while TravAlliance Media has lauded it as Best Culinary Destination, Best Wedding Destination, and Best Honeymoon Destination.

“All it takes is one look at the over-water bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean resort to see why. Over-water bungalows, to be honest, are one of the world’s most seductive sanctuaries!” Kickham wrote.

But it is Jamaica’s friendly people that are one of the biggest reasons for the best time to visit Jamaica.

Jamaican people, I have found, are some of the world’s friendliest people, who genuinely wish to see you enjoy their native country. For example, we took a beautiful raft ride down the Martha Brae River and our guide couldn’t have been more warm, down-to-earth, and real.

You could just tell that he was proud of his island, and wished to share all of its beauty with us,” added Kickham.

You need to know that the economic growth that the nation is currently experiencing, is boosting international investment confidence.  One such is AC Hotels by Marriott, who announced the opening of AC Hotel Kingston, Jamaica.

I have more to say about AC Hotels by Marriott, but it is very important to draw your attention to growth in the economy. Here is a video by the Bank of Jamaica

The Bank of Jamaica is celebrating the Caribbean island’s economic turnaround with the above reggae video teaching citizens about the need for steady inflation. 

The Market Insider reported that “Jamaica’s central bank has helped to revitalize the country’s economy in recent years.” According to Theron Mohamed who wrote the article carried on June 21, said that inflation was 4% in April and 4.8% in May, within its target range of 4% to 6%.”

Government debt has shrunk to below 100% in this year’s budget, coming from 150% of national GDP about seven years ago. Unemployment fell to an all-time low of 8% in January, and the country has grown for 18 quarters in a row.

However, Jamaica’s economy grew a modest 1.9% last year, and critics have flagged crime and aging infrastructure as major problems. There is a whole lot more work to be done before we can have a “Redemption Song” released.

Now let us continue the AC Hotels by Marriott launched in Kingston Jamaica.

AC Hotels by Marriott has a global expansion intent. Locations so far include France, Denmark, the United States, Latin America, Puerto Rico and now Jamaica.

You are invited to embrace the AC brand’s focus on purposeful design, the AC Hotel Kingston Jamaica, features 219 rooms to provide you with thoughtfully designed moments of beauty and experiences that elevate your stay and help you to focus on what is important to you.

Best time to visit Jamaica
Best time to visit Jamaica

The result is sophisticated yet at the same time, not attempting to impress you with an appearance of greater importance. The style and innovative food and beverage programming guided by locally inspired experiences will capture the attention of both international travellers and locals alike.

You will have a 24-hour access to a spacious fitness centre; a large outdoor pool; the brand’s signature AC Kitchen which provides a daily European-inspired breakfast buffet style with a dash of Jamaica flavour; and the AC Lounge, an open and comfortable ambiance, ideal for co-working and socialising.

“We are delighted to welcome our first AC Hotel to Jamaica, offering you a modern aesthetic and intuitive service, as well as an opportunity to slow down and uncover the beauty in the essential, while visiting the destination,” said Toni Stoeckl, global brand leader, AC Hotels by Marriott.

This new addition to the city of Kingston is expected to have positive implications for the country’s tourism sector.

In a recent walk-through of the hotel, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, said: “The debut of a brand like AC Hotels in Kingston will solidify the city’s status as a strong city tourism destination.”

“My family and I are determined to play our part in building the economy in the Caribbean.”

“This is a monumental occasion as we venture beyond the beach to establish our first AC Hotel by Marriott,” said Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of Sandals Resorts International.

“We are excited to work with a global company like Marriott International, while retaining the local Jamaican touch for guests visiting the city,” Mr Stewart confidently addressed the gathering.

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