When is the best time to go to Punta Cana?

Punta Cana is the dream destination for idling in the sun and water activities like swimming, underwater diving and other water sports. As the climate is suitable for a visiting throughout the year, only the preferences of each traveller and their financial possibilities dictate the choices of the best times to visit Punta Cana. During the dry season, which runs from December to April, the resorts experience strong crowds rather suddenly and because hotel rates are high, one has to prepare a fairly substantial travel budget. On the contrast, before the beginning of the tourist season in November and early December, Punta Cana may be interesting both from a budgetary point of view and in relation to the reception of the hotel staff. As tourists are few, one will now be the center of attention. Furthermore, the end of the tourist season signifies the emptying of hotels and the revision of prices, resulting in a decrease.

So, when is the best time to go to Punta Cana? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in Punta Cana are January, February, March, April and December
  • On average, it is hot all year round
  • The rainiest months are July, August and November
  • The sea temperature is suitable for swimming all year round

For full information about the climate and weather in Punta Cana a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 77°F/83°F
February 77°F/83°F
March 77°F/83°F
April 79°F/83°F
May 81°F/85°F
June 81°F/86°F
July 83°F/86°F
August 83°F/86°F
September 83°F/86°F
October 83°F/86°F
November 81°F/85°F
December 79°F/83°F

Weather and climate in Punta Cana

As the capital of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is located between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer, which provides its tropical climate similar to that of its neighbor, Haiti. The latter is however slightly tempered by the presence of the trade winds. Thus, there are three main seasons in Punta Cana: the summer, the winter and the rainy period.

Punta Cana in the Summer

During the summer in Punta Cana, the temperature can climb fairly high throughout the day, even if the night is a little cooler. In addition, the weather is generally dry, unlike areas found further north of the country towards the Samana Peninsula. The water temperature is also very pleasant for swimming throughout the greater part of the year, particularly in Santo Domingo. 

Punta Cana in the Winter

The climate in Punta Cana in winter is similar to that of countries in South America, such as Peru and Chile. Temperatures are relatively mild and the evenings are quite cool, especially in the mountain areas. The winter season is rather dry and rainfall occurrences are very rare.

The Rainy Season in Punta Cana

Punta Cana or more specifically the Dominican Republic as a whole, has two rainy seasons. The first is in May and June and the second ranges from October to November. However the city, like its neighbour Montecristi, remains relatively dry in comparison to the northern areas.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in Punta Cana

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Punta Cana: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

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Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


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