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Best and Worst Months to Visit Dominican Republic

Golf rises in popularity during cooler months of the year. © Dominican Republic Office of Tourism
Golf rises in popularity during cooler months of the year. © Dominican Republic Office of Tourism
The best times to visit Dominican Republic depend on where visitors are going. Punta Cana and Puerto Plata are only 200 miles apart, but their weather is quite a bit different.

That difference makes it important to research their weather patterns to find the best and worst months to go to each one of these hugely popular resort destinations.

Punta Cana is on the western tip of Hispaniola, the island that is home to Haiti and Dominican Republic.

Puerto Plata is on the northern coast of the island. Despite being more north, it is the warmer location of the two.

What's more unusual about Punta Cana and Puerto Plata is that they often have almost completely opposite dry and rainy seasons.

Punta Cana has the most rain during the normal peak times of the Caribbean hurricane season -- August through November. The worst rain months for Puerto Plata are November through January.

Best Times for Punta Cana

Punta Cana monthly rainfall
© 2020 Scott S. Bateman
The driest months of the year for Punta Cana are December through April. Rainfall averages two to three inches a month, according to historical averages from the Dominican Republic National Office of Meteorology.

But those months also are the coolest times of the year for Punta Cana. Average daytime temperatures area in the low 80s Fahrenheit or high 20s Celsius. These are good temperatures for land activities, but seawater may feel chilly at times, especially in the mornings.

Rainfall from May through August averages around four inches a month, but high temperatures average around 86 degrees F or 30 degrees C. Average rainfall of four inches during the month is slightly above average, but it should discourage people from going.

So the best times to go depend on how much time will be spent in the water or on the land.

Beach goers will find that the summer is better, while people who don't mind relaxing by a heated pool may want to choose the winter months.

Best Times for Puerto Plata

Dominican Republic tourism statistics
Tourism statistics show the most and least popular months to visit Dominican Republic. © 2019 Scott S. Bateman
Puerto Plata is clearly a summertime destination with average highs reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit or 32 degrees Celsius from June through September.

At the same time, rainfall averages only two to three inches those same months.

November through January are clearly the worst times to go because of higher risk of rain and low average temperatures.

Budget Travelers

People who travel on a tight budget know that the most popular times of the year to visit the Caribbean also tend to have the highest prices.

The truly budget conscious will go during the worst months with the hope of seeing better than average weather and lower than average prices, especially if they go at the last minute and check the weather forecast.

In those cases, December may be a good time to go to Punta Cana. April and October are decent months to go to Puerto Plata.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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July 03, 2020
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