|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 5% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||January||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 615||Average for round-trip flights in April 2020|
|Round-trip from||C$ 308||From Toronto to Montego Bay|
YTO - MBJ
C$ 565 - C$ 1064
30 - 33 °C
28 - 152 mm
When to fly to Jamaica
Mid-December to mid-April, taking in the Christmas, New Year’s, Carnival and Easter holidays, is when most travellers arrive on their cheap flights to Jamaica.
Low season spans mid-April to mid-December. Although this means fewer crowds, travellers may not see a reduction in room rates as many hotels reduce their services during the off-season. May and June and October and November are when Jamaica gets most of its rainfall.
Most travellers booking cheap trips
flights to Jamaica will be headed to an all-inclusive resort – the island pioneered the concept 30 years ago – where the beaches are beautiful and bustling, the nightlife exciting and every whim is catered for. There will be loved-up couples on Jamaica flights too, the island has become a popular place to get married and, without wasting any time, honeymoon on the beach for a couple of weeks.
For those seeking adventure, Jamaica offers a wealth of activities from diving on Caribbean reefs to ziplining, even dogsledding.
Away from the all-inclusive resorts, what some would call the “real” Jamaica exists – with a friendly and generous people, mouthwatering cuisine and a wild variety of fruits including the ortanique, unique to Jamaica, a cross between a tangerine and an orange.
Kingston, on the east coast, is capital, centre of government, business and cultural scene. It’s a contrast to Montego Bay, on the west coast. Jamaica’s second city is more laid back with stunning beaches, championship golf courses, grand Colonial-era estates and hedonistic nightlife that make MoBay an unmissable destination.
The flight to Jamaica from Canada varies in duration depending on the number of stopovers and length of wait times. Typical indirect flights may take 17h to 18h if you are searching only for the lowest fares available or Jamaica flight deals. Nonstop service to Montego Bay typically runs a flight time of 4h 13m, offered via WestJet.
Direct flights to Jamaica from Canada are available from Calgary and Toronto, with arrivals landing in Montego Bay. Indirect service is available to Montego Bay and Kingston, as well, with origin cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and Edmonton. There are one-stop and direct flights available from Delta, American Airlines, Air Canada, and others.
There are a number of options for travel within Jamaica once you arrive. Flying is the fastest option, but it is also one of the most expensive ways to travel in the country. International Airlink provides scheduled flights from Kingston to Montego Bay, but other flights require charters. Helicopter tours and charter flights are plentiful, but you should book early for the best fares. There are a wide number of car rental services and the infrastructure of Jamaica is ideal for driving around, so many people choose to rent a car for their visit. For those who don’t want to drive, legal taxis (with red licence plates) and public buses are available in all major cities and tourist areas, as well, and motorcycles and mopeds are popular in north coast towns.
Jamaica is popular for its beaches and beautiful climate. There is plenty of outdoor activity to be found, including underwater exploration, golfing, hiking, swimming, kayaking and sailing, and more. Dunn’s River Falls and Park is a great attraction, while Montego Bay is home to some of the best golfing in the country. White Witch Golf Course and the Tryall Club are the most popular. Those visiting for the sand and sun will want to head to Negril, which has a seven-mile stretch of beach. Blue Mountains National park also has plenty to enjoy, including mountains, a coffee farm, and plenty more to explore.
If you fly to Jamaica from Canada as a Canadian citizen, you will be required to present a valid passport upon arrival. Canadian passports must remain valid for the entire period of your stay and most visitors are granted a 90-day tourism period on arrival. Tourist stays can last up to six months, with extensions available by request or based on travel plans. Business and student visas are required. Travelers who overstay their allotted time may be charged with a crime, which could include fines, jail, and deportation.
The temperature in Jamaica averages 27 C all year round. Winters are a little cooler thanks to trade winds but have little rain. It’s much hotter in the summer with high humidity in September and October. Hurricanes rarely hit Jamaica, but hurricane season is in September. The upper mountains get about 76cm of rain each year and can be much cooler. Kingston and the south coast have moderate rain all year, but summer gets a bit more rain.
There are six airports around Jamaica that offer convenient pick-up and stopping-off points for domestic flights. After disembarking cheap flights to Jamaica, renting a car gives travellers the independence to see the country on their own terms. Bus is one of the cheapest ways of getting around Jamaica, and may suit travellers without a strict deadline. Taxis too are an option. Negotiate a fare with the driver before setting off.