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Dominican Republic Weather in November - Rainfall and Temperatures

This video explains Caribbean weather in November and which islands are the best and worst to visit for weather.

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Dominican Republic weather in November is both the second worst month of the year and not bad compared to other Caribbean destinations.

There are two good reasons to go there in November -- resorts are available at discounted prices or because it is the only month free to go.

November is the final month of the Caribbean hurricane season, and Dominican Republic is still feeling the effects.

That doesn't stop some people from flocking to the No. 1 all-inclusive resort destination in the region, especially to resort meccas such as Punta Cana and Puerto Plata.

But these two popular destinations have very different weather from each other in November.

The following averages are based on a 30-year history and will vary somewhat from year to year.

Punta Cana in November

November Weather Stats: Punta Cana

Avg. High
85 degrees F
Avg. Low
74 degrees F
Rain Inches
Rain Days
Rain is the biggest weather factor in having a good or bad Caribbean vacation, and Punta Cana gets enough to make someone pause.

The average of about 4.5 inches a month is well above what Punta Cana gets the rest of the year except for October, when the resort area averages about six inches.

Still, 4.5 inches is not unusually high for the Caribbean.

The total number of days it rains each month is 11.5, which is actually below average for the Caribbean and tied with October for the most in Punta Cana.

Temperatures are still warm and comfortable with an average monthly high of 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 29 Celsius and an average low of 74 Fahrenheit or 23 Celsius, according to Dominican Republic's National Office of Meteorology.

Sea water will be comfortable for swimming and beaches comfortable for tanning.

Puerto Plata in November

November Weather Stats: Puerto Plata

Avg. High
87 degrees F
Avg. Low
66 degrees F
Rain Inches
Rain Days
While Punta Cana has potential for a possible vacation, Puerto Plata definitely does not.

November is very wet for Puerto Plata with average rainfall of nearly nine inches during the month, among the highest in the Caribbean for that time of year.

The average number of days it rains is just under 14, which is good for the Caribbean.

But with nine inches of rain during the month, each rain day will deliver a lot of rain.

Temperatures are warmer than Punta Cana during the day and cooler at night.

The average high temperature is 87 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 66 degrees.

Whether to Go

The choice is an easy one to make. Anyone thinking about going to the Dominican Republic in November should consider Punta Cana but stay away from Puerto Plata.

The risk of rain in Puerto Plata is too high for comfort. Yes, it's possible to go there and avoid bad weather, but if rain comes, it will probably come down hard.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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May 30, 2021