We have gathered the most interesting and useful information about the seasons in the Dominican Republic. It should help you to plan your trip better.
To begin with, every season is beach season in the Dominican Republic. Even in the rainy season, the water in the ocean remains warm and suitable for bathing, and the sun usually shines most of the day. Temperature fluctuations throughout the year on the island are quite insignificant: from 75 to 90 degrees.
In Dominicana, the period from May to Septmber is considered the rainy season.But for this region, this definition is rather arbitrary. The climate is very mild and prolonged rains are extremely rare. In addition, most of the rains in the Dominican Republic are brief and occur at night. They normally do not interfere with a full day on the beach.
Many people say the word "hurricane" in awe, but you should know that the hurricane season in the Dominican Republic is officially considered to last from June to September and serious natural disasters happen about every few decades. Because hurricanes come from the west, the Haitian western part of the island is considered to be more in the risk zone and that area is more likely to be visited by destructive hurricanes.
Each season is good in its own way. But each person has individual preferences for climate and temperature. Consider the seasons in the Dominican Republic by months. In that way, everyone can choose what’s best for themselves.
In January, the climate in the Dominican Republic is very comfortable. The temperature is 78 – 80 degrees and this is the least rainy month of the year. The water temperature will be about the same as air temperature - about 78 degrees.
February is slightly warmer than January - the air warms up to 84 degrees but the temperature in the ocean remains the same 79. Rains are very rare and then in the evenings.
In March, the daytime temperature rises another 2 degrees - to 86 but at night it will be slightly cooler - 68. The water in the ocean will heat up, but not much - no more than a couple of degrees.
April. This month, humidity begins to increase, but there is still little precipitation. The average daily temperature is 88 degrees.
In May, heavy torrential rains may occur, but this happens, as a rule, at night. In daytime, the air warms up to 90 degrees and the water in the ocean also gets warmer - 82 degrees.
In June, the amount of precipitation increases. In late afternoon, heavy rains and thunderstorms are possible. You can be saved from heat by swimming in the ocean and by strong wind which is usual for this month.
July is characterized by extremely unstable weather. This is due to tropical cyclones which are frequent visitors to the region. There are also drops in atmospheric pressure. This is the hottest month of the year: the temperature reaches the low 90’s in the daytime.
In August, the same weather trends persist as in July. Also in August the water in the ocean warms up to around 84 degrees. So swimming is a pleasure.
In September, the Dominican Republic becomes even more humid and this month is considered the peak of the hurricane season. But most often everything is limited to strong storms and squalls, after which, clear, sunny weather reappears.
The weather in October is usually much milder, but the probability of thunderstorms at night remains. The air warms up to 90 degrees during the day and the water, 84 degrees.
In November, the weather in the Dominican Republic finally stabilizes. Storms and thunderstorms occur much less frequently and the daytime air temperature is a milder 84.
December is one of the best months for a vacation in the Dominican Republic. The weather is clear and sunny with almost no rain. Temperatures remain in the comfortable low 80’s.
October and November can be called the Velvet season. During this time, the weather stabilizes and the damp heat gradually leaves the island. High season in the Dominican Republic begins in December.
The New Year holidays mark the height of the tourist season in the Dominican Republic. It is best to book your vacation for this period in summer. In January many hotels often are overbooked and the prices for tours are usually the highest around the New Year holidays.
February marks a second peak in the high season as it is also the peak season to observe the mating games of Humpback whales in the Dominican Republic. Many nature lovers come here to witness this amazing phenomenon.
Thanks to the favorable climate and fertile soil, the fruit season in the Dominican Republic continues throughout the year. The island regularly harvests a citrus crop, various kinds of bananas, juicy and sweet pineapples, papaya, passion fruit, melons and watermelons.
You can also taste such exotic fruits as carom, guava, guanabana, sapote, nispero among others. Only certain fruits have seasonality. For example, the mango season in the Dominican Republic falls between May and October.
The appearance of algae in water and on the beach is influenced by various factors such as climate change and various ocean currents. The presence of algae is also dependent on the location of the beach. For example, the Bavaro zone is quite prone to the emergence of algae.
All hotel beaches in Punta Cana and Bavaro are cleared daily of algae. But in the northern part of Punta Cana algae appear much less often. The most intensive growth of algae is observed in the summer months as well as in the rainy season.
If you are a beginner surfer, you can safely come to the Dominican Republic at any time of the year - for learners, conditions are always favorable. If you have already mastered this sport well enough, it is better to go in winter to the Dominican Republic’s north coast.
It is in the winter months that the good waves appear, attracting professionals to the Atlantic hoping to participate in surfing competitions.
For trips around the island, as well as for sea and adventure excursions, the period from November to May is best. At this time, you can expect stable, clear weather and not be concerned that a sudden downpour, storm, or a strong wind will ruin your trip.
As for historical excursions, summer is the best time. You can safely walk around the city and museums where there will not be the large crowds of tourists as in the peak winter season.
Now you know all about the seasons in the Dominican Republic. We hope that this information will help you to choose the optimal time to travel to this beautiful country.