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Dominican Republic Weather in March

Puerto Plata ocean
Puerto Plata weather is best from June through September. Wikipedia
Dominican Republic weather in March is great in one popular destination and not so great in another.

One of the joys of going to Dominican Republic is the luxury of its famous all-inclusive resorts, especially in Punta Cana and Puerto Plata.

One of the miseries of being in an all-inclusive resort is picking a month when it rains a lot.

The weather in March is likely to be fairly dry for anyone going to Punta Cana. Puerto Plata is a different story.

In fact, the weather for these two popular destinations are completely different because of their locations on opposite sides of Hispaniola, the island that is the home to Dominican Republic in the east and Haiti in the west.

Punta Cana in March


The resort oasis of Punta Cana has a distinct rainy and dry season. March is part of the dry season, which lasts from January through April.

Punta Cana March Weather

Avg. High
82.6 degrees F
Avg. Low
71.6 degrees F
Rain Inches
2.1
Total rainfall averages between two and three inches a month, according to Oficina Nacional de Meteorologia, the national weather service of Dominican Republic.

By comparison, rainfall picks up somewhat in May to five inches during a brief rainy season, drops back down to four inches in June and July, and then picks up during the main rainy season of August through November. October is the worst month for rain with an average of six inches.

Temperatures in Punta Cana are mild throughout the year and have an average high ranging from the low to upper 80s Fahrenheit depending on the month.

March in Punta Cana may have the lowest rainfall of the year, but it also has one of the lowest temperatures with daytime highs of 82.6 degrees F and nighttime lows of 71.6 F.

Water temperatures may be cool for swimming, which makes Punta Cana in March a good time to go for people who like land activities but not such a good time to go for people who like to spend time in the water.

Puerto Plata in March


The rainy and dry seasons in Puerto Plata are almost completely opposite Punta Cana.

Puerto Plata March Weather

Avg. High
84.7 degrees F
Avg. Low
63.9 degrees F
Rain Inches
5.1
It actually receives quite a bit more rain throughout the year than Punta Cana, especially from November through January when the average ranges between eight and 10 inches a month.

February through May is still a rainy season compared to the rest of the Caribbean because total rainfall averages more than five inches a month. That makes March a risky time to visit Puerto Plata.

The dry season kicks in from June through September when the average is two to three inches. What makes this unusual is that September is the peak season of the Caribbean hurricane season. So cloud cover is likely to be higher than normal even though the rain is lower than normal.

Puerto Plata is not only rainier than Punta Cana in March, it’s also much warmer -- at least in the daytime.

The average high temperature in March is 84.7 degrees Fahrenheit while the average low is 63.9 F.

Those cool nighttime temperatures will increase the chances of cool seawater even more, while the warmer daytime temperatures will make spending time on the beach more comfortable.

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March 24, 2015
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