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Things to Do in Jamaica in November

Dreaming of warm weather, beautiful beaches, and unforgettable activities? Look no further than Jamaica for your ideal November villa vacation destination. Stay at the luxurious Villa Serenity in Ocho Rios and explore the various offerings from food, events, activities, and must-see attractions.

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Here at Villa Serenity, we’re all about making your Jamaican trip as enjoyable as possible. Today we’ll give you the best things to do in November, what to wear, and what you should do when visiting us this November.

November Weather in Jamaica: Perfect for Beach Lovers

Forget about the cold and enjoy 80-degree days on Jamaican beaches in November. With perfect beach weather and minimal rainfall, November in Jamaica promises the sunny getaway you’ve been craving.

Before getting into this, I wanted to give you an overview of why you should plan a November trip to Jamaica.

  1. The Weather. Think of 80-degree days on the beach.
  2. Fewer Crowds. No lines for you! The tourism rush doesn’t start until mid-December.
  3. Save Some Money. Flights, accommodations, and activities are cheaper in November than in December to February. You can end up saving thousands.
  4. The Food. Jamaica has several food-themed festivals in November that will excite any foodie, including year-round food attractions.
  5. Long Days. You’ll be sunbathing in the 11 hours of light daily in November. (Read: you’ve escaped the dark days at home).
  6. Lounge on the Beach. Ok, we know the beach is always there. But, c’mon, escape from the pre-holiday blues with the white sands of Jamaica. With average water temperatures around 80 degrees, you can swim in the warm blue sea instead of shivering at home.

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November Weather in Jamaica

The best weather in Jamaica begins in November. November is the perfect time to visit if you’re looking for 80-degree days and little rainfall. 

You’re also coming at the tail end of hurricane season. The season ends on November 30, but historically significant storms are most likely in September and October. Even then, hurricanes are infrequent in Jamaica.

Buying good travel insurance that will cover you for unprecedented weather or a health crisis is still helpful.

But you’re likely to enjoy balmy days and low chances of storms.

November Holidays in Jamaica

There are no big holidays in Jamaica in November.

November 25 is a national holiday called Eat Jamaican Day, where locals are encouraged to support their community and eat locally.

The late Governor-General of Jamaica, Sir Howard Cooke, said the intent was to “eat what we grow and grow what we eat.” You can often find activities around that time.

In Jamaica, Thanksgiving is not a national holiday. 

But if you want to celebrate, you’ll have plenty of options. There are Thanksgiving food choices at the supermarket, places to eat, and honor, and if you tell your chef at Villa Serenity in advance, he’ll make a Thanksgiving meal, especially for you.

Check out another article about Thanksgiving in Jamaica.

November Events in Jamaica

There are many festivals and events in Jamaica during November. Here are a few festivals you can check out in November.

Jamaica Food and Drink Festival

Foodies, listen up. This festival in Kingston features the different foods you can find in Jamaica, from seafood and Asian food to street food.

At the beginning of November, the festival has food for every palate.

Restaurant Week

The highly anticipated week of new menu items and restaurant discounts all across the island is here. Restaurant Week is a great time to take the family out and experience somewhere new.

The event’s 15th year includes 104 participating restaurants offering signature dishes and pre-selected three-course meals for a special rate. Don’t miss this chance to taste the best of Jamaica!

NyamJam Food and Music Festival

Enjoy food from world-renowned local and international chefs at this festival known as Eat and Music in Jamaica and held in mid-November on James Bond Beach.

Reggae Sunsplash

This exciting music festival began in 1978 and has been operating off and on since. In 2020 offered a virtual event; you are likely to have this option again this year to enjoy Jamaica’s phenomenal music scene.

The Collection Moda

Fashion lovers, this is for you. Local and international designers and artisans showcase and promote their work on November’s second or third weekend. Located in Kingston, it’s a great way to shop locally and have fun at the runway show.

What to Do in Jamaica When it Rains

When the vibrant Jamaican skies take on a softer hue and the land is delicately kissed by the warm tropical rain, fear not; the radiant rhythm of the island pace doesn’t miss a beat. Our guests find a haven of engaging opportunities within the lavish comforts of Villa Serenity. Settle down in our cozy living space with a classic Jamaican board game, and feel the laughter bubble up as you enjoy quality time with loved ones. Slip into the serene indoors of our wellness spa for a rejuvenating massage while the rain pitter-patters outside, or head to our movie room and gather the family for a cinematic adventure. If you choose to step outside your villa, the Jamaican rain only enhances the island’s beauty. Take a leisurely, umbrella-shielded stroll through the Diamonds Botanical Gardens, visit the intriguing Bob Marley Museum or immerse yourself in the fascinating underwater world at the Montego Bay Marine Park. Rain or sunshine at Villa Serenity, every moment is a canvas for an unforgettable Jamaican experience.

Ripe Fruit in November

There are many events to fill your November days, but the fruit begins to ripen in Jamaica this month.

What’s better than fresh fruit? Jamaica grows a diverse number of fruits in its warm tropical climates. 

You can enjoy them fully ripened, freshly picked off the tree this November in Jamaica. Here are some of the fruits that are ripe in November.


Citrus begins to ripen in November. You’d be amiss to think of only orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Jamaica has many citruses that you’ve probably never tried before. 

The ugli is a cross between the common citrus fruits and is deliciously sweet and juicy.

The ortanique is a mix between the orange and tangerine and the sour-sweet flavor, something you won’t want to miss.

All are ripe in November.


The national fruit of Jamaica is ackee. They ripen throughout the year, but the peak season is September to December. Ackee is related to lychee and has a slightly nutty taste. It is the flavor of the ingredient it is marinated. It’s well-known in the unofficial Jamaican national dish, ackee, and saltfish.

June Plum

Think of a mix of sour pineapple and mango flavors with the crunch of an apple, and you have an idea of the taste of t June plum. June plum ripens from October to December in Jamaica.


If you hear Jamaicans referring to “pear,” they’re probably talking about avocado! Enjoy fresh avocados from the tree in November.

How to Prepare to Visit Jamaica in November

Now that you know some of the reasons you should visit Jamaica in November, let’s help you plan your trip.

What to wear

The weather in Jamaica is temperate year-round. It’s generally a quick downpour when it rains in November, followed by clear blue skies.

Pack clothes that are loose and comfortable. And plan for it to be between 70 to 85 degrees. The average low temperature in November is 72 degrees, and the high is 86 degrees.

You should bring one or two pairs of long pants max. Use your packing space for shorts, tops, sundresses, swimsuits, a light coat/raincoat. A light sweater or coat might be helpful if you’re out late, but it hardly ever gets below 65 degrees in Jamaica, no matter what month.

The Perfect Stay: Villa Serenity in Ocho Rios

Experience luxury and comfort at Villa Serenity in Ocho Rios, featuring oceanfront rooms, a personal staff, and a private chef. With access to a private beach and resort amenities, Villa Serenity offers the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.

Don’t let this opportunity slip away. Book your November vacation at Villa Serenity and soak up Jamaica’s beauty, activities, and events.

Visiting Jamaica in November is considered shoulder season for tourism: the weather is good, and the crowds are fewer. That means that you have a lot more options for accommodation.

You can get some of the year’s best deals wherever you stay.

There are many benefits when you are renting a villa in Jamaica

Luxury all inclusive villa in Jamaica Ocho Rios


Unlike many US house rentals, many Jamaica villas come fully staffed with housekeepers, laundry, chefs, and drivers, all taken care of for you.

You won’t have to worry about pool space, crowded dining halls, or having to dress up. You’ll have your pool, dining room, bar, and beach space. Talk about privacy!

Located in Ocho Rios, Villa Serenity offers oceanview rooms, personal staff, and a private chef. Our property is spacious, ideal for enjoying the Caribbean with the whole family.

Hospitality is in our genes. Your staff will ensure you feel at home during your stay. 

When you arrive at the villa, you can discuss what you want to eat with your chef during your visit, and they’ll plan the rest. The villa staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding safety, events, or anything about Jamaica.

You can enjoy the privacy of your villa in Jamaica from your private dining room, bar, and private pool. 

Your staff will do all the shopping, cooking, cleaning and driving.

Don’t want to stay in the villa? The villa boasts a lot with a private beach and resort access, but Jamaica has so much to offer outside the villa. Step out and experience the attractions, beauty, and freedom. You’ll have your driver/tour guide o navigate for you and not get stuck in a resort. 

The best place to stay on your vacation to Jamaica is at a villa in Jamaica, but we know we’re slightly biased. 

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Covid considerations in Jamaica

Because of the ongoing Covid-situation, here are a few ways to stay safe and up-to-date when planning a trip to Jamaica this November. 

The best way to know what’s currently happening in Jamaica is to check the website. ( The official tourism website of Jamaica will have the most up-to-date info on the rules and regulations regarding pandemic procedures.

Getting cancel-for-any-reason insurance is also worthwhile. Because the pandemic can change in Jamaica or at home, it’s a good idea to book travel insurance that you can rely on so that if something unprecedented happens again, you won’t lose your money.

It’s also a good idea to choose a suitable villa or resort with all the amenities you could desire. 

If rules change and attractions close, you want to go to a place you know will care for you.

Staying at a villa instead of a resort also limits your exposure, as you won’t eat, swim, or drink in a common area. 

You’ll be able to join the wonders of Jamaica with just you and your cohort.

At Villa Serenity, we have a cancellation policy that is often more lenient than third-party sites or hotels. 

We always recommend talking to us if you need to cancel or the unexpected comes up.

Must-See Attractions in Jamaica

You must visit some places in Jamaica no matter what month you visit. We recommend visiting the following during your stay.

Dunn’s River Falls and Park. The tallest waterfall in Jamaica is the most popular tourist attraction.

Famous Dunns River falls

Blue and John Crow Mountains Park. Even if you aren’t outdoorsy enough to enjoy hiking, you can book tours to visit the tropical landscapes of the mountains.

Blue Lagoon. Catch your breath when you come upon the gleaming blue water hole near Ocho Rios. A must-see look and swim.

Martha Brae Rafting. Going to Venice is unnecessary to enjoy a romantic ride through the water. A local will guide you through the waters as you relax on the raft.

Top Jamaican Resort Cities

We know we’ve mentioned a few different cities in this article. Here is an overview of the central city destinations in Jamaica.

Montego Bay: Best and Most Choices of Resorts.

When you want to stay at a resort for your stay in Jamaica, this is the place to stay.

Negril: Best Beaches.

We recommend staying here if you want to lie on the beach.

Ocho Rios: Best Variety of Activities.

You can combine beach living with other fun events and activities here.

If you need help choosing, we wrote an article about how to pick the perfect resort town.

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