While Jamaica is an incredible sun destination for escaping the winter chill, it's also a great destination for summer meetings and incentive trips. Hotel rates are more affordable and fewer people are on the beach and at major attractions. It's not as hot as one might think. Average highs range between 87.6° - 88.5°F and there is less chance of rain. Besides there are beaches and waterfalls where groups can cool off.
Start your meeting at 10:00 am and wrap at 4:30 pm to give your group a chance to enjoy the outdoors during the coolest periods of the day. For incentives, tour a historical great house, visit an art gallery, or plan an excursion to the Blue Mountains or the Cockpit Country, where temperatures are cooler.
Here are just a few of the special summer events providing an opportunity for exposure to the local cuisine, music, arts, and culture.
- Jamaica Film Festival
In Kingston, during the first week of July, showcases the best of films by local producers, and awards awards achievements. The festival includes workshops and a music day.
- Reggae Sumfest
Showcasing the best local and international reggae musical talent, this concert takes place in Montego Bay in mid-July every year at various vacations in Jamaica. This summer, the line-up included Jamaican international reggae artists Beenie Man, Capleton, Chris Martin, and African American artists Jennifer Hudson and Common.
- MoBay Jerk Festival
Also in Montego Bay, this culinary festival takes place on Emancipation Day, August 1st. Special menus showcase local creations.
- ICWI/Palmarium High and Low Goal Family Polo Tournaments
Towards the end of July, groups can enjoy fast paced polo action over 2 weeks at the one of the oldest polo clubs in the Western hemisphere, St. Ann Polo Club at Drax Hall near Ocho Rios.
- National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica's Season of the Dance
Featuring a fusion of African, British, and European dance traditions, this Season of the Dance has taken place from late July until mid August, every year.
The dancers usually perform at the Independence Day Gala Celebrations at the National Stadium.
- Emancipation Day
This national holiday celebrates the end of slavery in Jamaica and all British colonies on August 1, 1838. Festivities take place throughout the island and, in Kingston, there is a traditional market and the National Festival Queen is crowned.
- Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe Pageants
Speaking of pageants, the finals for where the Jamaican contestants for these international pageants are crowned, takes place in August every year.
- Independence Day Gala Celebrations
Jamaica became an independent nation on August 6, 1962. This important milestone is celebrated every year with a gala at the National Stadium in Kingston and festivities throughout the island.
Cvent's Jamaica Meeting Planing Guide has even more ideas for your time in Jamaica!
Photo: Y.S. Falls, Jamaica, Executive Oasis International