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 weather is good all year round in Punta Cana
- On average, the warmest months are April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December
- The rainiest months are May, 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:
|Month||Average temp.||Rainfall||Our opinion||View Details|
|January||26°C/28°C||61mm||good weather||Punta Cana in january|
|February||26°C/28°C||69mm||good weather||Punta Cana in february|
|March||26°C/28°C||44mm||good weather||Punta Cana in march|
|April||27°C/29°C||88mm||good weather||Punta Cana in april|
|May||27°C/30°C||138mm||good weather||Punta Cana in may|
|June||28°C/31°C||99mm||good weather||Punta Cana in june|
|July||29°C/32°C||126mm||good weather||Punta Cana in july|
|August||29°C/32°C||166mm||good weather||Punta Cana in august|
|September||29°C/32°C||128mm||good weather||Punta Cana in september|
|October||29°C/31°C||98mm||good weather||Punta Cana in october|
|November||28°C/30°C||133mm||good weather||Punta Cana in november|
|December||26°C/29°C||73mm||good weather||Punta Cana in december|
Weather and climate in Punta Cana
About the climate
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.
The month-by-month climate
- From january to december the climate is good. At lunchtime, it's 29°C in average and it rains about 40% of the time in december.
Chart: temperature and rainfall in Punta Cana
The chart below allows you to look at the following seasonal norms for the city of Punta Cana: minimum and maximum temperatures, and the monthly volume of precipitation for each month of the year.
Map of Dominican Republic
Punta Cana appears on the map below with a blue icon. The other cities or locations in Dominican Republic appear on the map with a black icon. Click for information about the climate.