Jamaica in April
Want to get some early summer sun? April is a great time to head to Jamaica.
Holidaymakers who fly during this off-peak time will benefit from less crowded hotels and some great offers, while still enjoying balmy weather. Plus, Easter break usually falls within this period, making it the ideal time for families to visit.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: families, couples and adventure travellers
- Flight type: long haul
- Flying time: approximately 10 hours from London
- Time difference: GMT -5 hours
- Average temperature: 28°C
- Tourist information: VisitJamaica.com
How to get there
- British Airways offers flights from London Gatwick to Kingston three times a week.
- Virgin Atlantic offers flights from London Gatwick to Montego Bay three times a week.
- Thomson Airways offers flights from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester to Montego Bay.
Where to stay
What to do
A Jamaican national treasure, this world-famous waterfall cascades down step-like sections dotted with lagoons before rejoining the Caribbean Sea. Visitors can climb Dunn's River Falls, with many great photo opportunities along the way.
See Ocho Rios from a different vantage point from the peak of this 700ft mountain. Journey up by sky explorer and ride a bobsled (Cool Runnings anyone?) or zipline at the top.
Visit the birthplace and final resting place of reggae legend Bob Marley, located in Nine Mile, which displays many historical artefacts, including his guitars, awards and photographs.
Journey through nature via a series of decks and platforms mounted in the trees of the rainforest. A tour highlight is the Inter-Parish Express, which is more than 1,000ft long and not for the faint hearted.
Doctor's Cave is a beautiful white-sand beach nestled between the Marine Park and the Hip Strip. Its translucent water is known for its mineral content and therapeutic properties.
This adventure specialist offers a range of activities suitable for the family, including Horseback Ride 'n' Swim, jungle river tubing, 4x4 jeep safaris, sea treks and canopy tours.
- For authentic jerk chicken and pork, visit Scotchies, which has branches in Kingston, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Columbus Park.
- Visit Rick's Café in Negril for the best sunset on the island. People gather here for cocktails and to watch professional cliff divers.
- Follow in the footsteps of James Bond author Ian Fleming, who lived in Jamaica and wrote the spy novels on the island. His old estate, GoldenEye, is now a luxury resort.
- Take a swim in the iconic Blue Lagoon in Port. Antonio, where Tom Cruise filmed Cocktail
- Head for Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios and climb aboard a Jamaican bobsled, made famous in the movie Cool Runnings.
- Try a Juici Patty – a delicious Jamaican pastry sold all over the island.
What Mumsnetters say
- There's lots to see and do, and the beaches and sea and the mountains and countryside are very beautiful. I really like the liveliness of the place - local 'jump-ups' on Saturday night are great fun - street parties with food and music and dancing in the street. aloha
- I've just been to FDR resort in Jamaica. It's not posh, and perfect for little ones as you get a nanny, plus they also have loads of facilities and activities for children. I have a two year old and a 10 month old and it was perfect. tvfriend
- We loved Jamaica for everything it had to offer, but most of all because we were made to feel so welcome. RachelMumsnet