When it rains in Jamaica, it is usually a welcomed relief from the heat and humidity. However, when you are on vacation, the rain can put a damper on your plans. After all, you’re here to enjoy the sun and the sea!
So, what is there to do in Jamaica when it rains?
Below I’ll present a few ideas that can help make the best of a wet day in Jamaica.
What to do if it rains in Jamaica?
Nobody likes hearing the sound of raindrops falling on their vacation. That’s not to say that a little rain can’t be refreshing, but when it pours all day, it’s hard to enjoy yourself. If you’re caught in this predicament, here are some things you can do:
Relax and Catch Up on Some Sleep
If it’s raining, then that is the perfect opportunity to catch up on some well-needed sleep that you’ve probably been missing out on.
Of course, it would be great to be on the beach getting a tan or enjoying the water, but sometimes you just need to relax and take it easy.
The rain on the roof can actually be pretty soothing, so use this time to recharge your batteries for the rest of your trip.
Read a Book or Watch a Movie
Have that book that you’ve been wanting to read but never had the time? Now is your chance! Curl up, get cozy, and start reading.
You can also use this opportunity to watch some movies you may have missed. The good thing is the rain generally doesn’t last too long, so maybe by the time the movie is finished, the sun will be out again.
Do an Indoor Tour or Activity
Nobody wants the rain on vacation, but Mother Nature does not always agree with us. That is why we suggest doing a tour or indoor activity that doesn’t require you to be outside. If you are in Montego Bay, you can visit the Rose Hall Great House. Kingston, there is the Bob Marley Museum, along with many other museums and galleries.
If you are staying at a resort, they are bound to be plenty of activities to do on the property.
Check Out the Hotel Bar
If you’re not feeling like staying in your room, then take a walk around the hotel and check out the bar. You might find other tourists, like yourself, enjoying a few drinks while waiting out the rain. This is also a great opportunity to meet new people and make some friends. Who knows, you might even find yourself a new drinking buddy for the rest of your trip.
Visit Another Parish
Even though Jamaica is a “relatively” small island, it can be raining cats and dogs in Montego Bay and Kingston could be having beautiful weather. If you don’t want to be locked up in your room while it rains, then consider visiting another parish. It is best to check the weather map to get an idea which locations are getting rain and which ones aren’t.
With enough planning, you could experience a different side of Jamaica that you may not have otherwise seen.
Visit a Highly Rated Restaurant
The rain is the perfect excuse to enjoy some of the best food that Jamaica has to offer. Do a little research and find a top-rated restaurant close to where you are staying. While outside may be a bit wet, you can enjoy a a really good meal inside a cozy and warm restaurant.
Haven’t picked up your souvenirs yet or forgot to pack certain items? Use the rain as an opportunity to do some shopping. You can visit one of the many duty-free shops or local stores to find what you are looking for. You can also visit a local supermarket or grocery store to pick up some snacks or ingredients for a meal.
Take a Cooking Class
If you love Jamaican food and want to learn how to make some of your favorite dishes, then consider taking a cooking class. There are many classes available that will teach you how to cook authentic Jamaican cuisine. This is a great activity to do with the whole family or a group of friends.
Listen to Some Sweet Reggae Music
Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae music, so what better place to listen to it than while you are on the island? You can pull up a Youtube mix or Spotify playlist and enjoy the sound that help put Jamaica on the map.
If you want to get out and about, then head to a local bar or club that has live music. You will need to check ahead of time to see if there are any events happening while you are on vacation.
Write Out Your Goals
Vacation is the perfect time to sit down and reflect on your life. One way to do this is to write out your goals. This can be anything from personal goals to professional goals. If you are having trouble coming up with ideas, then think about your passions and what you want to achieve in the future.
Sit and Watch the Rain
This is by far my favourite activity to do when it rains. You can simply sit on the balcony, porch or open a window and enjoy the sound of the rain. This is therapy! Take a deep breath and let the rain wash away all your worries.
Having a rainy day on your vacation can be a bit of a bummer. But, if you are prepared and have a plan, then you can make the most of it. With a little creativity, you can have just as much fun on a rainy day as you would on a sunny one.
So, when you ask what is there to do in Jamaica on a rainy day? Just pull any suggestion from our list. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy your vacation, rain or shine.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below what your favourite rainy day activities are in Jamaica.