When to go to the Dominican Republic: climate, best time and months to avoid

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Martí Micolau

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The Dominican Republic is a real tropical paradise: white beaches, huge palm trees, crystal clear waters and coral reefs! From picture-perfect beaches, colorful colonial cities rich in art and culture to tropical forests and mountains that offer crazy views, there is absolutely nothing missing for a holiday full of adventure and relaxation too!

If you are planning a trip, you should know that not all periods are ideal. Here is one guide on when to go to the Dominican Republic: climate, the best time and months to avoid.


  1. Best time
  2. Period to avoid
  3. Climate and seasons
  4. User questions and comments

Best time

The climate is tropical and it's hot all year round. During the summer season, from May to October, the temperature is muggy and it often rains, while in winter, from November to April, it is more pleasant with very hot and dry days, ideal for enjoying the sea.

However the best time varies according to the area where you decide to spend your vacation. Therefore the country can be divided into 3 climatic areas:

  1. North Coast (Puerto Plata): February and March are the only months with little rain and more livable temperatures than the rest of the year
  2. South Coast (Santo Domingo, Punta Cana): from November to April it rains less and the temperatures are pleasantly warm but not exaggerated
  3. Center (Constanza): April, May, September and October are the best months for little rain and balanced day and night temperatures (not too hot during the day or cold at night)

As with any tropical country, during the high season the cost of the holiday increases by a lot.
However the best time to save enjoying the summer heat (sometimes even less torrid and more pleasant) is the beginning and the end of the tourist season, which tends to run from November to April, so preferring the initial and final months will guarantee you a warm and cheaper holiday.

Period to avoid

When you think of the Dominican Republic, nothing else comes to mind than beach life and sunny days. But there are also non-ideal periods to visit the country due to rains and hurricanes.

This too is linked to the area you intend to visit.

  • The north (Puerto Plata, Nagua) it is not recommended from October to January as the period is excessively rainy, while from June to October there is the possibility of hurricanes
  • To the south (Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Santa Cruz de Barahona) the rainy (and sometimes hurricane) season runs from May to October
  • In the central areas (Constance) the winter nights from December to February are quite cold while the summer from June to September is too hot and humid
  • Along the coasts from June to October, in some years even in November, possible hurricanes and tropical cyclones must be taken into account

Climate and seasons

E' tropical type which becomes temperate in the mountainous area.
Seasonality in tropical countries is decidedly different from the European one, obviously due to the warm or pleasant climate all year round which substantially determines two seasons: the summer, the hottest and most sultry which runs from May to October, and the winter, the relatively cool season from December to March.

November and April are in between months, more felt in the central area with temperatures that gradually change leading gradually towards the summer heat or the relatively cold winter.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - North Coast (Puerto Plata)

Along the north coast the climate is tropical but has different characteristics from those typical of the Caribbean.
In fact, here the temperatures are the classic Caribbean ones between 20 and 35 ° C but the rains (as opposed to what usually happens in the tropics) they follow each other all year round, especially in autumn and early winter (October to January).

Recommended period: between February and April when the climate is pleasantly warm even if you may encounter rain. The sea temperature always remains between 26 and 29 ° C.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - South Coast (Santo Domingo)

The southern coast also has a tropical climate, but this time the rainfall is typical of the Caribbean between April and October there are abundant rains and frequent while between November and March the area is quite dry and very hot with temperatures between 20 and 30 ° C.

Recommended period: from November to April the climate is perfect for beach life, with hot days sometimes cooled by short storms. The sea always remains very warm between 26 and 29 ° C.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Center (Constanza)

The climate is temperate, hot during the day and cool at night, variable with altitude and characterized by frequent rains in summer and scarce in winter. In the winter months (November / March) it ranges from 10 to 23 ° C with pleasant days and cold nights, although the closer you get to the peaks, the more you risk finding a minimum temperature of 0 ° C, while in summer ( April / October) the night is comfortable and the day is very hot and humid.

Recommended period: from November to April as it rains little, with pleasant days and quite cold nights. However, from May to October it is hot during the day and pleasantly cool at night, but everything is animated by frequent rains.

What to bring in your suitcase


  • CapitalSanto Domingo
  • Population: 10.090.000
  • Area: 48.511 sq. Km
  • Languages: Spanish and English
  • Currency: Dominican peso (DOP) / Exchange rate: € 1,00 = 59,28 DOP
  • Documents: valid passport required for the entire period of stay, visa not required for tourist stays of less than 3 months
  • Time zone: -5 h compared to Italy
  • vaccinations: no compulsory vaccination

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