When is the best time to go to the Dominican Republic?

When is the best time to go to the Dominican Republic? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In the Dominican Republic, the weather is good everywhere in January, February and March
  • The weather is good all year in Santo Domingo
  • On average, it is hot all year round in Santo Domingo
  • The rainiest months in this city are May, July and August
  • The cities with the best climate are Santo Domingo, Barahona, Cabo Rojo, Bahia de las Aguilas, Paradise Island (Cayo Arena), Parque Nacional Jaragua, Parque Nacional Jose Armando Bermúdez, Parque Nacional Montaña La Humeadora, Punta Rucia and Bajos de Haina, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round in Santo Domingo

Annual weather in the Dominican Republic

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in the Dominican Republic for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 61°F to 86°F
1 to 10 days*
February 61°F to 88°F
1 to 9 days*
March 65°F to 86°F
1 to 9 days*
April 67°F to 88°F
3 to 12 days*
May 70°F to 90°F
7 to 19 days*
June 72°F to 92°F
5 to 18 days*
July 72°F to 94°F
3 to 19 days*
August 68°F to 94°F
5 to 18 days*
September 68°F to 94°F
8 to 20 days*
October 67°F to 90°F
7 to 18 days*
November 65°F to 88°F
3 to 17 days*
December 63°F to 86°F
1 to 12 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Dominican Republic by cities

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

The best months to go to Santo Domingo are january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas

The best time to go to Las Terrenas is march.

Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata

The best months to go to Puerto Plata are january, february, march, april, june, july, august and december.

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Temperatures and rainfall in the Dominican Republic

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Dominican Republic and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Santo Domingo, Las Terrenas, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Azua de Compostela, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in the Dominican Republic

Find out when Dominican Republic has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in the Dominican Republic

The months with low numbers of tourists are: March, April, May, June, July, August, September and October. The number of visitors to Dominican Republic is high in: January, February, November and December.

  • Very low season in the Dominican Republic: May, June and September.
  • Low season in the Dominican Republic: March, April, July, August and October.
  • High season in the Dominican Republic: January, February and November.
  • Peak season in the Dominican Republic: December.

Figure: Visitor index for Dominican Republic month by month

Average price for flights to the Dominican Republic

A return flight between New York City and Punta Cana is generally cheaper if you go in september ($ 451 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 274 more for your airline ticket to Punta Cana if you go in april.

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Where to go in the Dominican Republic?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Santo Domingo85°F85°F85°F86°F86°F88°F88°F90°F90°F88°F86°F85°F
Las Terrenas81°F81°F81°F83°F85°F85°F86°F86°F86°F86°F85°F83°F
Puerto Plata81°F81°F81°F83°F85°F86°F88°F88°F88°F86°F85°F81°F
Punta Cana81°F83°F83°F83°F85°F86°F86°F86°F88°F86°F85°F83°F
Azua de Compostela81°F81°F81°F83°F83°F83°F85°F85°F85°F83°F83°F81°F
Boca Chica85°F85°F86°F86°F88°F88°F88°F90°F90°F88°F86°F85°F
Cabo Rojo83°F83°F83°F83°F85°F85°F86°F88°F88°F88°F86°F85°F
San Fernando de Monte Cristi 81°F81°F81°F85°F85°F86°F86°F88°F88°F86°F83°F81°F
Santiago de los Caballeros81°F83°F83°F86°F86°F88°F88°F90°F88°F88°F85°F81°F
Altos de Chavon85°F85°F86°F86°F88°F88°F88°F90°F90°F88°F86°F85°F
Bahia de las Aguilas83°F83°F83°F83°F85°F85°F86°F88°F88°F88°F86°F85°F


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Is this weather information for Dominican Republic reliable?

Climate data for Dominican Republic has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Dominican Republic allows us to determine the average for each month in Santo Domingo, Las Terrenas, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Azua de Compostela, Baní, Barahona, Bayahibe, and 61 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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