The Best Time to Visit Punta Cana

The Climate in Punta Cana

The climate in Punta Cana is tropical. The temperatures in the holiday resorts in the east of the Dominican Republic are pretty stable all year round. The mildest months are January and February with an average temperature of 29.2 degrees Celsius a day. The warmest months are between July and October when the daytime temperature is 31.5 degrees Celsius. The average annual humidity is 80 per cent. As a result, the temperatures feel even warmer than they are. At night the values deviate on average only by -10 degrees from the day temperatures. In January and February, the minimum temperatures are 19.6 degrees Celsius. In the hot months of June to October, the lowest temperature is 22 degrees Celsius. On average, the sun shines all year round between 6.6 and 8 hours a day. The period of most sunshine is during the months of February, March and April. This is also the period with the least rainfall. On average between January and April, 6 to 7 rainy days await you in Punta Cana. During the other half of the year, more precipitation falls. Especially between May and October up to 13 rainy days per month can be expected and there is a hurricane danger especially in September. Thanks to the consistently warm temperatures, the sea water is also warm all year round and invites you for a swim. The water temperature in Punta Cana is between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius all year round. Depending on the weather conditions, this allows you to enjoy a bathing holiday on one of the 32 kilometres of beaches at any time of the year.

I will show you in the following when the optimal weather conditions and therefore the best travel times for Punta Cana are. In addition, I will give you all the necessary information about the weather in Punta Cana – as it is currently and in an overview of the year. First I’ll give you an overview of the average measured climate values in the climate table for Punta Cana.

Climate Data for Punta Cana

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 29,2 29,2 29,6 30,2 30,4 30,8 31,3 31,5 31,4 31,1 30,6 29,6
Min. Temperature in °C 19,6 19,7 20,2 21,1 22,2 22,9 22,8 22,7 22,7 22,3 21,4 20,3
Hours of Sunshine per day 7,4 8,2 8,3 8,4 7,9 7,8 7,4 7,7 7,4 6,7 7,3 6,6
Water Temperature in °C 27 26 26 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 27 27
Rainy days per month 7 6 6 7 11 10 11 12 11 13 9 9

The Best Time to Visit Punta Cana

The best time to visit Punta Cana is between December and April. This is the time when there is the least rainfall and the temperatures are pleasantly warm for a beach holiday in the Caribbean. Day temperatures of between 29 and 30 degrees Celsius await you and up to 7 or 8 hours of sunshine per day. The humidity in the dry season in Punta Cana is around 78 per cent. With a water temperature of 26 to 27 degrees Celsius, you can enjoy the turquoise blue, clear water of the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea at the coasts of Punta Cana. For bargain hunters who are reluctant to travel to Punta Cana during the rainy season, the months of November and May are particularly suitable for a holiday. Here the climate is not 100 per cent perfect for a holiday, but for the much cheaper price for the trip, in any case, acceptable. Especially at the beginning of May and at the end of November, Punta Cana is still a good time to travel.

The Best Time to Visit Punta Cana in a Monthly Overview

  • December: 29.6°C, 6.6h of Sunshine, 27°C Water Temperature, 9 Rainy Days, 79% Humidity
  • January: 29.2°C, 7.4h of Sunshine, 27°C Water Temperature, 7 Rainy Days, 80% Humidity
  • February: 29.2°C, 8.2h of Sunshine, 26°C Water Temperature, 6 Rainy Days, 79% Humidity
  • March: 29.6°C, 8.3h of Sunshine, 26°C Water Temperature, 6 Rainy Days, 78% Humidity
  • April: 30.2°C, 8.3h of Sunshine, 27°C Water Temperature, 7 Rainy Days, 79% HumidityLuftf.

 

The Weather in Punta Cana

The weather in Punta Cana is tropical warm all year round with an average annual temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and precipitation. During the dry season from December to April it rains less – on only 6 to 7 days per month. However, it remains dry as far as possible. In the rainy season between May and October, there is an average of 11 days of precipitation, with more rain falling in the autumn months than in summer. Temperatures are constant throughout the year. They move between 29 and 31 degrees Celsius during the day and between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius at night. However, the high humidity of over 80 per cent during the rainy season means that temperatures are felt to be much warmer than they are. This can be slightly unpleasant for some. In addition, cyclones can occur in Punta Cana during the rainy season. More about this in the next sections. Less rain, temperatures between 29 and 30 degrees Celsius and a better tolerable humidity below 80 per cent are offered by the months December to April. Learn in the following how the weather in Punta Cana is at the moment, during the rainy season, during the hurricane season and in a yearly overview. This is how you will know the best time of year to visit the Dominican Republic.

Live View of the Weather in Punta Cana

Here you’ll find an overview of the current weather in Punta Cana and a weather forecast for the next three days can also be found. You can see the highest and lowest daytime temperatures, the humidity in per cent and the wind speed kilometres per hour. The icons will also show you whether the weather will be sunny or rainy. For more information about live weather in Punta Cana click on the weather widget.

The Weather in Punta Cana During the Rainy Season

The rainy season in Punta Cana is from June to October. During this time you have to reckon with a higher rain probability. In addition, there is a higher humidity of over 80 per cent. While the weather in the summer months of June, July and August is tropically warm at over 31 degrees Celsius, in September and October you can expect equally high temperatures, but an even greater probability of rainfall. The month with the most rainfall is without a doubt October. Generally, the weather on the south coast is drier than on the north coast. If you plan your Punta Cana holiday during the rainy season, you don’t have to worry about the rain all the time. Usually, the showers come in violent bursts and pass after one or two hours again. After the tropical rain shower, the sun shows up again in front of a cloudless sky. It is unlikely that it will rain permanently for several days at a time. Therefore you don’t have to worry and can take your bargain holiday in the rainy season – preferably in the summer months. This is the big advantage of this time of year: The prices for a Punta Cana holiday decrease. Nevertheless, I advise against a holiday during the rainy season in September. During this time there is the biggest risk for hurricanes. Learn more about those in the next section.

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The Weather in Punta Cana During the Hurricane Season

During the rainy season, there is also the hurricane season in Punta Cana. Warnings for this are in effect for the months May to November. During this time hurricanes can shake the weather in Punta Cana. The greatest probability of a hurricane is in September. The hurricanes form on the west coast of Africa, cross the Atlantic and pass by the Caribbean Sea. In most cases, the hurricanes do not reach the coast. On the Caribbean islands, a stormy wind then rages, thunderclouds come up and it rains in violent currents. The sea rages in high waves, so it is not suitable for swimming. If the hurricanes are strong, they can also reach the land.

A strong hurricane, which reached the Caribbean Islands, last occurred in September 2017. Hurricane Maria raged mainly on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, causing many floods, damage and deaths. The Dominican Republic was also hit by Hurricane Maria, although not as bad as Puerto Rico. In the Dom Rep, there were floods and some 350,000 people were without electricity. For some days a state of emergency was declared on the Caribbean island. The airport in Punta Cana was closed and the people sought shelter in the interior, as far away from the coast as possible. Hurricane Maria reached a wind speed of about 195 kilometres per hour in the Dominican Republic.

What does this mean for your holiday in Punta Cana??

If it is possible for you, it makes sense to avoid the month of September in particular for a holiday in Punta Cana. This is the most vulnerable month for hurricanes. On the other hand, Hurricane Maria in September 2017 showed that the Dominican Republic is well trained in disaster control. Despite the strong hurricane, no one was harmed. The power failures were repaired and only a few days after the hurricane the Dominican Republic looked the same again: tidy, clean and inviting for a holiday. I have to say though that Punta Cana and the entire Dominican Republic were lucky to not have been hit too hard by Hurricane Maria. Of course, that could have turned out quite differently. That is why hurricane danger in the Caribbean should not be taken lightly. Please consider carefully whether you can get your holiday at a time other than during the hurricane season. Before planning your holiday, check the weather forecasts for the Dominican Republic and the Foreign Office’s information on natural disasters. In the event of an emergency, it is important that you follow the advice of the authorities and hotel staff. They have been trained by the Civil Protection to deal with such situations and know best how to help you. If you want to find out what to do in the event of a hurricane before you arrive, take a look at the Foreign Office’s Hurricane Guide.

 

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Punta Cana Weather in a Yearly Overview

Weather in Punta Cana in January

The weather in January is great for a holiday in Punta Cana. This is why the month is one of the best travel times for Punta Cana. During the day temperatures can reach 29°C and it is mostly dry. At night it cools down to up to 19°C, so make sure to pack something to put on!

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Weather in Punta Cana in February

February is the high season in Punta Cana. The travel month offers perfect conditions for a holiday. It is the middle of the dry season, so there is hardly any precipitation. Temperatures during the day reach the 29°C mark. At night and in the morning it can be a little bit fresh at about 19°C.

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Weather in Punta Cana in March

In March the warming sun is even longer and more frequent in Punta Cana. With a bright blue sky, the sun shines 8.3 hours a day. Even in the evening, there are still temperatures along the 23°C. During the day you can expect up to 29,6°C and it is mostly dry.

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Weather in Punta Cana in April

April is the last month of the dry season. Therefore you should enjoy the favourable climate every minute of your holiday. With a day temperature of 30°C the sun shows up on average 8.4 hours a day and it is dry. Also in the evening, it is still quite warm at about 23°C.

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Weather in Punta Cana in May

May is the month of transition to the rainy season. The weather in May is rainier than in the previous month. It is around 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. The climate is tropical, hot and humid. Especially at the beginning of the month, you can spend a nice bathing holiday with little rainfall.

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Weather in Punta Cana in May

At the beginning of June, the weather in Punta Cana is particularly rainy and humid with temperatures of 30°C. Also in the night it hardly cools down. The temperature is around 24°C. From the middle of the month, the rain showers gradually decrease, but it can still rain sporadically and the temperatures remain the same.

Rainy Season, Okay for a Visit

Weather in Punta Cana in July

You can feel tropical weather in July. The weather in July is quite dry overall. The rain showers, which occasionally pelt down in short periods, usually last only one hour. Then the sun shows up again; on average 7.4 hours per day.

Rainy Season, Okay for a Visit

Weather in Punta Cana in August

The tropical climate continues into August. The humidity rises to over 80%. Temperatures reached 31.5°C during the day and 23°C at night. It is consistently humid, warm and rainy. In any case take a thin rain jacket with you on holiday.

Rainy Season, the Weather is hot and humid

Weather in Punta Cana in September

The weather in September is still rainy and humid. This month is the biggest hurricane hazard. When cyclones hit the Atlantic, Punta Cana is extremely windy, cloudy and rainy. Temperatures remain tropical and warm at around 31°C a day.

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Weather in Punta Cana in October

The October weather brings a slight cooling in the tropical paradise. In Punta Cana, it gets a bit windier and more pleasant in October. The temperatures remain high. The thermometer measures 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. The light breeze works wonders.

Rainy Season, Okay for a Visit

Weather in Punta Cana in November

The hurricane season and the rainy season in Punta Cana end in November. The humidity becomes more pleasant and the rainy days less. The sun now shows up again up to 7.3 hours a day and brings you many dry days with only short rain showers.

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Weather in Punta Cana December

The weather in December in Punta Cana is mostly dry with about 29°C during the day. During the night it cools down to 20°C. Therefore it is advisable to take something warmer with you to put it on. Occasionally it can come to short rain showers..

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My conclusion on the best travel time for Punta Cana

Punta Cana is especially inviting in our winter months and in spring its a dream to have a holiday under the palm trees. The best time to visit Punta Cana is between December and April. The most popular travel time and thus the high season is in February, followed by the months of March and April. But also the Christmas holidays are used for many a vacation in the Dominican Republic. The weather in Punta Cana is tropical, warm and humid all year round. Especially in the rainy season between June and October more precipitation falls. The summer months July and August are characterized by a tropical heat with a high humidity. In September, on the other hand, the danger of hurricanes on the Atlantic increases. As a rule of thumb, they tend to just roam the Caribbean islands and cause a lot of rain, wind and high waves. However, it can also happen that the hurricane reaches the country. The last time this happened was in September 2017 when Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean. You can read all the information about the weather and the hurricane season in Punta Cana in the text above. Overall I would suggest you avoid September as a travel season for Punta Cana as much as possible. Good and cheap travel months outside the high season are the transition months November and May. Here you can spend a bargain holiday in the Dom Rep under good weather conditions. Above all though make sure you have an amazing time!

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