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The best time to visit the Dominican Republic for a Caribbean adventure

A young woman enjoying a drink in a Dominican Republic cafe

Consistently warm weather, balmy waters and year-round adventures make the Dominican Republic an enticing destination no matter what the season. Whether your idea of a vacation involves maneuvering an ATV through hilly jungles, watching whales off the coast, hiking to cascading waterfalls or simply soaking up the sun in blissful peace at a luxe resort, this Caribbean island won’t disappoint.

As with other Caribbean locales, the winter high season sees crowds on the beaches and peak prices. The summertime off-season brings a blistering brand of heat, along with occasional midday thunderstorms that dissipate as quickly as they arrive. However, this is one of the best times to score a deal on your travel package, as prices fall in line with falling visitor numbers.

Whenever you come, there’ll be something happening on the cultural calendar. Here’s our guide to the best times to visit the Dominican Republic.

The high season brings perfect weather and huge crowds (December–April)

Sun-kissed days and low rainfall make the period from December through to April the prime time to visit the Dominican Republic. Daytime temperatures tend to hover between a refreshing 70ºF (21ºC) in the morning and evening and a warming 82ºF (28ºC) in the heat of the day, although you’ll find it’s a bit cooler in the mountainous interior of the island.

The summertime rain – and humidity, its stifling partner-in-crime – are practically non-existent during the winter months, making this the perfect weather for both beaches and inland exploring. The country also hosts lots of festivals during this period, making this a great time to mingle with the locals and dive into the island’s culture.

The only problem is that everyone else will have come to the same conclusion, making everywhere very crowded at this time of year. Expect packed venues and higher prices for accommodations and excursions — especially around the Christmas holiday and spring break peaks.

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Head outdoors for fun in the shoulder season (May)

Couched between the idyllic weather of high season and the bargain prices of low season, May brings the best of both worlds. Thanks to sunny skies, warm water temperatures and low rainfall, you can escape the peak season crowds and take full advantage of the Dominican Republic’s myriad outdoor activities — from snorkeling and kiteboarding to hiking and horseback riding.

Daytime temperatures start to tip into the high 80s (the low 30s centigrade), making dips in the ocean extremely refreshing. But the trade winds coming from the coast also help keep things comfortable, taking the edge off the heat. With the end of the high season, you can find some great travel deals for your stay.

Family riding horses on the beach at Rincon, Dominican Republic

The shoulder season is a great time for outdoor adventures such as beach horse-riding © Stefano Ember / Shutterstock

Low season is the best time for a bargain (June–November)

Summer in the Dominican Republic means daily rainstorms and the start of hurricane season. It doesn’t rain all day every day, but blazing temperatures mixed with frequent downpours contribute to soupy levels of humidity that most travelers are keen to avoid. But the less-than-ideal weather also makes the off-season an incredible deal when it comes to booking hotels and excursions.

While rain is often on the forecast, the good news is that storms sweep through just as fast as they came. You can always count on the sun to make its way out from behind the clouds in quick order — and just in time for your next adventure.

When is hurricane season in the Dominican Republic?

June kicks off the Caribbean’s hurricane season, which runs through to November 30, bringing a chance of severe weather. Most of the action stirs up around August and September, but any month during the hurricane season is fair game for a major storm. While direct hits are infrequent (the last major hurricane to strike the island was Hurricane Beryl in 2018 ), it pays to have decent travel insurance if you’re planning to visit at this time, just in case a hurricane decides to crash the party.

Humpback whales and divers off the Dominican Republic

The winter in the Dominican Republic is a great time for encounters with migrating humpback whales © Westend61 / Getty Images

Go whale watching in January

New Year’s celebrations and several end-of-month festivals make January a lively time to visit. But it’s a popular time to come, so expect crowds and high prices. You can count on nine hours of sunshine every day, with little to no chance of rain, and there are plenty of events, including the colorful Guloya Festival celebrating the island’s Cuban community. Temperatures can drop below 70ºF (21ºC) during the evenings, so bring a light long-sleeved layer to cover up with after dark. January is also the peak of the whale watching season off the Península de Samaná, with regular sightings through to mid-March.
Key events: Dia de los Reyes Magos, Dia de la Altagracia, Juan Pablo Duarte Day, Guloya Festival

Participants in colorful costumes during the Dominican Republic's Carnaval

Carnaval brings a blast of Caribbean color to the Dominican Republic in February, but smaller celebrations run throughout the year © onapalmtree / Shutterstock

Celebrate Carnival season in February

Dry weather, mixed with Carnaval festivities and water sports competitions, makes February the prime time for people-watching and partying. High season is in full swing, so expect big crowds of rowdy revelers taking advantage of the final day of Carnaval, which also coincides with the Dominican Republic’s Independence Day (February 27). Note that some Carnaval parades continue into early March.
Key events: Carnaval Dominican Republic, Master of the Ocean water sports contest

Head to the beach in March

Temperatures are getting warmer, but the heat isn’t swelteringly hot just yet, and rain is still at a minimum. It’s the perfect month for beach-bound sunseekers and for swimming and snorkeling in the warm waters surrounding the island.
Key events: Carnaval Dominican Republic (last events), Isle of Light Music Festival

Take a hike in April

As the last month of the Dominican Republic’s dry season, April still sees its share of crowds, but they start to dwindle towards the end of the month as the chance of rain starts to increase. With 10 hours of daylight and relatively low humidity, the moderate weather makes for comfortable hikes and sightseeing excursions.
Key event: Puerto Plato Open

El Limon waterfall, Dominican Republic

April and May are fine months for trips inland to sights such as the imposing El Limon waterfall © Don Mammoser / Shutterstock

Budget travelers arrive in May

As the heat index climbs, the crowds start to dwindle and travel deals start to pop up for flights, hotels and activities. Rain becomes more frequent, but the showers don’t have the fervor of the summer storms. A handful of cultural celebrations bring color to the streets of Santo Domingo.
Key events: Santo Domingo de Fiesta, Espiritu Santo Festival

Hurricane season begins in June, as visitor numbers slump

It’s the official start of hurricane season, and with it comes the rain. Expect hot, sunny days with daily downpours in the late afternoon. On the other hand, prices are low, as are tourist numbers.
Key events: Puerto Plaza Cultural Festival, Punta Cana Food and Wine Festival

Crowds thin out further in July, and big storms are still rare

Heat and humidity remain constant companions in July, with temperatures reaching sticky and uncomfortable highs. It’s not quite the peak of hurricane season so the risk of dangerous storms remains relatively low.
Key event: Merengue Festival

Rates are at their lowest in August

It’s the height of summer and the peak of hurricane season — and also the hottest month of the year. Most of the heavy storm activity takes place in August and September, so keep a careful eye on the forecast for news on approaching depressions. However, hotel rates are at their lowest during this month.
Key event: Restoration Day

Snorkeller touching starfish on seabed

The water is the best place to be as the humidity levels increase in September ©Sami Sarkis/Getty Images

Heat and humidity are king in September

The hurricane threat remains high during the month of September, but budget travel deals abound. The heat and humidity at this time can be stifling, making outdoor activities difficult (or less enjoyable). But for those who enjoy the heat, it’s an excellent time to sunbathe on the beach in between rain showers.
Key events: Dia de las Mercedes, Feria Ganadera El Cupey

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Crowds start to arrive in October

Slightly cooler temperatures take the edge off the heat — expect eight hours of daylight as daytime highs start to fall to more manageable levels. The weather still remains patchy, but toward the end of the month the crowds begin to settle in and prices start to increase.
Key events: Puerto Plata Festival, Festival Presidente, Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

Enjoy the outdoors in November

The weather finally settles down as the end of the month brings the close of the hurricane and wet seasons. The sun shines more consistently and temperatures aren’t quite as uncomfortably hot. This is a great time to explore the jungle-covered interior or hike to one of the island’s picturesque waterfalls.
Key events: Día de la Constitución, Merengue Típico Festival, Colonial Fest

The holiday season kicks off in December

Blissfully blue skies, low humidity and downright pleasurable temperatures make December a massively popular time to visit the island (the winter holidays in Europe and the US also help). Crowds are growing, and prices are increasing, but so are the parties and festivities. The fun reaches its apex on New Year’s Eve.
Key event: New Year’s Eve

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Pros and cons of living in the Dominican Republic in 2022

Undoubtedly, we all know the Dominican Republic as a country where people go to get the best experience in the Caribbean. But one week’s trip is not always enough to understand how life works in this country and what problems residents face. After all, behind the paradise beaches, there is a reality that is hidden for you during your vacation in Punta Cana. That is why we have decided to tell you about the main pros and cons of living in the Dominican Republic.

Saona Island, the Dominican Republic in 2022

Saona Island, the Dominican Republic in 2022

The Dominican Republic overview

So, in order to acquaint you better with the current real situation in the country, we decided to split this topic into several sub-points. Therefore, it will allow you to find out more interesting facts about the Dominican Republic.

The economy of the DR

Well, we should say that the Dominican Republic has experienced significant economic growth, which makes it the largest economy in the Caribbean. Moreover, it ranks among the top 10 best economies in Latin America.

So, what helped the country become one of the fastest-growing economies in the region? Of course, it is tourism, mining, agriculture, free-trade zones, foreign investments. Here we should mention that tourism and free-trade zone earnings are the fastest-growing export sectors, and the service sector is the leading sphere in the Dominican Republic.

It is worth noting that such rapid growth occurred specifically before the pandemic, since many processes stopped after it. Nevertheless, everything is gradually resuming now, especially tourism.

Workers clean up the algae on Sirenis Beach, Punta Cana

Workers clean up the algae on Sirenis Beach, Punta Cana, 2021

What is life like in the Dominican Republic?

Probably, as you might guess, life in the Dominican Republic is not only about beaches and relaxation. Here people live an ordinary life like all of us, they may not see the ocean at all, since not everyone lives near the coast.

First of all, we want to point to salaries, and as we can see, average salaries in the Dominican Republic are an order of magnitude lower if we compare with the United States. So, the average salary is about 19 000 Dominican Pesos (DP) per month, which is about the US $330.

Moreover, most of the population still lives in rural areas. Also, rural life in the northern part of the country differs from the southeastern sugar plantations and other areas, and life in the vibrant capital of Santo Domingo also differs from the more calm life in small towns.

But many foreigners also come to live here for a long period, or even to get citizenship later. And the reason for this is usually their love for the climate, nature, the opportunity to go in for water sports, and the Caribbean vibe of this place. That is why we can see more and more foreign businesses appear here each year.

Car service in Bavaro, Punta Cana

Car service in Bavaro, Punta Cana, 2021

How to make a living in the Dominican Republic?

Well, as we have already mentioned, the Dominican wages are way lower compared to what most tourists are used to. When the average salary is about US $330, the lowest average salary is about the US $87. Hence, we can conclude that earning lots of money will be incredibly difficult, especially for an expatriate.

Nevertheless, doctors, lawyers, teachers of private schools get more, and it is about US $1 600. Doctors, lawyers, teachers of private schools receive more, the amount is in the range of $1 000-$2 500 US dollars per month. And this salary is considered high for the Dominican Republic.

Many people come here to open their own business, but not always everything goes the way we would like it to be. The economy in the Dominican Republic is still not at a high enough level, so businesses are often at risk. Working here, you will see that the prices are lower than in many countries.

But, in our opinion, the best option is to earn money elsewhere and come here to rest and enjoy your money, then you will feel as comfortable as possible, being able to afford a lot. Also, it would be the perfect option if your job allows you to work remotely, so you could live here.

Gifts Shop, Macao Beach, Punta Cana

Gifts Shop, Macao Beach, Punta Cana, 2022

Where do the rich people live in the DR?

First of all, we would like to mark Santo Domingo as the wealthiest city in the Dominican Republic. It is also the capital and the largest cultural and economic center of the country. As we can see, despite some social inequality in the Dominican Republic, there are exclusive sectors where rich, successful people live.

Without fear of being wrong, we can say that there are the most luxurious neighborhoods in Santo Domingo such as Los Cacicazgos or Bella Vista. In these areas, the price per m2 exceeds US$ 3 000, recall that a person with a high-income level can receive such a large amount for the Dominicans per month.

In addition, many people prefer to live near the coast, among such areas as Punta Cana, Cap Cana, and others. But, most likely, they choose the location of their villas away from the crowds of tourists. The popular option is accommodation that is located on the territory of the golf club.

Luxury villa in Cap Cana

Luxury villa in Cap Cana

Pros of living in the Dominican Republic

1. Climate

As you probably already know, the Dominican Republic is warm all year round. The tropical climate also gives you humidity, sending warm rains from time to time. Moreover, the average daytime air temperature is about 78.8 °F (26 °C), and the water temperature is about 80.6 °F (27 °C).

2. Nature

No doubt, the Dominican Republic is best known for its stunning white-sandy beaches with turquoise water. Tropical forests and mountains impress tourists from the first seconds. In our opinion, the most amazing thing is that there always remains a piece of unknown, untouched nature, which is now rarely found anywhere else. That is why it is always interesting to explore something new and unusual here.

3. Beaches

It would probably be a crime not to mention the stunning beaches of this country when talking about its advantages. Moreover, this is the most common reason why tourists are so eager to get to this paradise in the Caribbean.

4. Low prices

Well, of course, it always depends, but we should say that living in the Dominican Republic is way cheaper compared to most countries in Europe or the USA.

5. No visa required

So, the need for a visa depends on the country you come from. The citizens from countries such as the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and a list of European countries do not need a visa to enter. They are allowed to stay with a tourist card for up to 30 days.

6. Easy to extend your stay

Tourists can stay without a visa for up to 30 days. And if you forget to extend your stay, you will be required to pay just a fine. Additionally, we should note that the prices for extending the stay are not exorbitant at all.

7. Amount of activities

Living in the Dominican Republic, you will definitely not be bored. The locals themselves are friendly and cheerful. Moreover, it is the best place to do water sports or golf.

8. Dominican cuisine

Without a doubt, if the food is bad somewhere, there is nothing to stay in a place like this. Fortunately, this is definitely not about the Dominican Republic. There is a huge variation in meals with blends of herbs and crops with beef, pork, cheese, oregano, saffron. Also, do not forget about the amazing seafood right at local restaurants on the ocean shore. Be sure that traditional Dominican food is a fusion that will make your mouth water.

9. Coffee

Well, there is no surprise that Dominican coffee ranked as one of the best in the world. And there are many specific areas where this coffee is grown. Moreover, arabica beans are grown here the most. Therefore, you can be sure that your morning Dominican coffee will energize you for the whole day.

10. Rum

For sure, the Dominican Republic is known for its high-quality rum exports. The taste of it is smooth enough, because of the natural process of distillation and aging, that is why rum has its unique flavor. Additionally, a good and relatively inexpensive rum can also be an alternative here.

Cons of living in the Dominican Republic

1. Salaries

As we have already mentioned, it is possible to get paid enough money to live comfortably. But this “enough” applies only to the Dominican Republic. The reason for this is that in most cases, with a regular position, you will earn several times less there than in the USA or Europe.

2. Driving and traffic jams

We cannot fail to mention this, as in big cities such as Santo Domingo it is always noisy and there are big traffic jams all the time. In addition, locals in the Dominican Republic are very dangerous to drive. They rarely have the rules we are used to, more often than not, they simply do not follow them. In addition, there are a lot of motorcycles that go fast and usually without traffic rules. So, if you are not an experienced driver, then you should not get behind the wheel first, it is better to hire a private transfer.

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3. Corruption and bureaucracy

This is still a problem in the Dominican Republic. There is a fairly high level of corruption in the country. As well as bribes, which we do not recommend giving, and it is better to contact the police directly. Additionally, much time is wasted due to bureaucracy because some bills have to be paid in person.

4. Healthcare

Well, this topic is especially relevant in rural areas, because there are fewer medical services and the quality of health care is declining. But we should also mention that there is free treatment in public hospitals. Nevertheless, foreigners prefer to visit some private clinics, which are typically unaffordable for locals who do not have health insurance.

Pros and cons retiring the Dominican Republic

Having touched upon the topic of the life of foreigners in the Dominican Republic, we cannot fail to mention retirement. So, this practice is quite popular among foreign retirees. They move here to live a measured, eventful life under the warm Caribbean sun. Additionally, the big advantage is that retiring abroad can help you extend your retirement savings.

So, if you want to retire in the Dominican Republic, you can enter with a tourist card, and then you will need to apply for a visa. Do not be afraid of it since it is easy and quick enough to get it, and the Dominican government offers a special retirement visa. One of the main points of applying for a visa is to have an income per month of at least US $1 500.

So, this point may be a disadvantage for some, but the condition to have such an amount in the account will provide you with a comfortable stay in the country. Moreover, there are some problems with the Dominican three-tier healthcare system. The reason of it that most people end up paying out-of-pocket for medical supplies and services regardless of which tier they have access to.

Isla Saona, the Dominican Republic

Isla Saona, the Dominican Republic, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Dominican Republic a good place to live?

Without a doubt, the answer to this question depends on your own goals and preferences. If you do not like cold weather, Dominican Republic is the best option since it is warm here all year round, so you can forget about jackets and scarves while here. Additionally, if you have chosen the Dominican Republic as your vacation destination or long-term stay while working remotely, this is also the perfect option.

2. What is the nicest part of the Dominican Republic?

We are convinced that there are many places in the Dominican Republic that are stunning in their beauty. In addition, there are areas that are still unspoiled and wild, so there is always something to explore endlessly. Despite this, some areas have already formed that are loved by everyone and for which every year a lot of tourists come here. We would like to highlight Punta Cana – the best place for your holiday paradise, and Santo Domingo – for cultural enrichment and sightseeing.

3. How safe is it to live in the Dominican Republic?

Well, the Dominican Republic is considered one of the safest countries in the Caribbean. Despite this, crime still exists, especially outside the resort towns. Probably a higher level of crime in Santo Domingo, because it is a capital with crowds of people. Punta Cana is the safest place in the country because most of the areas are secure and well guarded.

So, if you are not one of those who go to unknown places for dangerous adventures – you have nothing to worry about since it is safe in the protected areas. Nevertheless, we do not recommend you walk alone in places unknown to you at night, and always keep an eye open on your expensive belongings.

4. Is Punta Cana safer than Mexico?

Both Punta Cana and Cancun are considered safe. As you may already know, these are tourist towns, so they are well guarded. That is why, the safety level in these cities is higher than in any other city in these countries.

5. How long can I live in the Dominican Republic?

It depends on your status. Well, without a visa, you can stay up to 30 days just with a tourist card in the Dominican Republic. And after this period you need to leave or extend your stay. It also happens when people do not extend their stay, or they just forget about it. But, fortunately, it is not so strict here, no one will immediately expel you.

So, if you overdue the allotted time, you naturally have to face fines or fees. You will have to pay a fine in the office of the Direccion General de Migracion. The price will depend on the length of your stay. For example, from 1 day to 3 months of your overstay, you will pay about US $44. Finally, it is also possible to obtain citizenship in the Dominican Republic, but this process is rather lengthy and complicated.

6. Can a US citizen live in the Dominican Republic?

Well, a citizen of the United States of America can stay without a visa for up to 30 days. After the end of this period, you need to apply for a visa. Obtaining citizenship is also possible, but it is not an easy process.

7. Is healthcare free in the Dominican Republic?

Well, the Dominican Republic has a three-tier healthcare system. The government pays for the first one and guarantees free healthcare for citizens. The second tier is actually paid for by employers and their employees. The third tier is paid for by people whose income is bigger than the national average, and it is also partially subsidized by the government.

8. How much money do you need to live comfortably in the Dominican Republic?

In our opinion, to live comfortably enough in the Dominican Republic, you need at least a budget of US $1 000 per month.

9. Is American money worth more in the Dominican Republic?

Based on the fact that in the United States people earn several times more than in the Dominican Republic, you can afford way more here. This means that by living in the US for the salary you receive there, you will feel more comfortable spending money in the Dominican Republic. The reason is that the prices are lower here, as are the salaries of local residents.

10. How much money to bring to the Dominican Republic?

Of course, this is all individual, as some spend a lot of money on the trip, while others do not go outside the hotel and spend nothing. All in all, we would recommend taking around US $250 per person. And you can spend this money on entertainment and excursions. Trust us, activities in the Dominican Republic are definitely worth their money, so do not miss this opportunity, because they will give you unforgettable emotions.

11. What can you buy with 50 Dominican Pesos?

Well, 50 Dominican Pesos is less than US $1. For example, for this money, you can buy a bus ticket, a 1.5-liter bottle of water, and milk will cost you about US $1.

The best time to visit the Dominican Republic

It’s one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and you can wear your swimsuit during just about any month. But when is the best time to visit the Dominican Republic? Our handy month-by-month guide will help you plan the perfect trip.

The weather stays warm all year round in the Dominican Republic so there really is no bad time to visit. That’s said, the island does experience a rainy season and there’s distinction between the hotter and cooler times of year. The best time to visit the Dominican Republic depends on other factors too, like whether you’re tied to the school holidays or intent on keeping costs down.

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The weather in the Dominican Republic

When thinking about the best time to visit the Dominican Republic, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are two main seasons; one wet and one dry. The dry season runs from December to April and is peak tourist season in the region while the wet season runs from June to November and is a quieter time tourism-wise. In addition there are two ‘shoulder’ seasons in the spring and autumn when you’re likely to get the best of worlds.

The weather in the Dominican Republic can also vary depending on where you are. In the mountainous regions it’s always a little cooler, while the inland plains see the hottest temperatures as they are away from the cooling coastal breezes. In the capital Santo Domingo, averages vary from 77F in January (the coolest month of the year) to 82F in July (the hottest month). Santo Domingo is in the south and its conditions are typical of the whole south coast.

The best time to visit the Dominican Republic

The dry season

The weather during dry season is characterized by low levels of rainfall and pleasantly warm temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s. Loads of tourists visit the Dominican Republic at this time of year to bask in the sunshine so you should expect large crowds, especially around Christmas, New Year, Easter and spring break.

The wet season

During the wet season temperatures are at their very highest, with averages in the low 80s and daily highs of 86F or higher. Combined with high humidity things can feel quite toasty at this time of year. Despite the risk of wet weather, the low season can be a great time to visit the Dominican Republic if you’re looking for a cheaper, quieter vacation.

The hurricane season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs in line with the wet season from June to November. That may sound scary but the odds are strongly favor of a hurricane-free vacation, even if you travel during hurricane season. While the official season starts in June, it’s rare for a hurricane to hit the Caribbean so early on in the year. The peak months for hurricanes are September and October.

What is the best month to go to Dominican Republic

So, when’s the best month to visit?

The best time to visit the Dominican Republic all depends on what you want to get from your trip. The dry season is generally considered the best time to go if you want perfect weather pretty much guaranteed. You’ll find warm sunshine and little rainfall during this peak time, but the island will be busier and your vacation will inevitably be a little more expensive.

Due to the lower prices and lack of crowds the wet season can also be a good time to visit. You can still enjoy good weather especially in the months of June, July and November which often see lots of sunshine without any storms. If you’re traveling during the peak hurricane period it’s a good idea to buy travel insurance that protects your investment should a storm prevent you from traveling.

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Taking into account the weather, crowds and cost, the spring shoulder season is the best time to visit the Dominican Republic. Running through April and May, this in-between time offers sunny weather without big crowds of tourists. You may see some rain as it heads towards the wet season, but any showers usually pass quickly and shouldn’t affect your vacation plans.

Check out our month-by-month travel guide for a more in-depth look:

When to visit the Dominican Republic, month-by-month


The first month of the year is well into the dry season and is one of the best times to visit the Dominican Republic weather-wise. There’s around 9 hours of sunshine per day in January with average daytime temperatures in the mid 70s making it an ideal time for a beach vacation.

If you’re visiting the Dominican Republic in January bear in mind that it’s winter in the northern hemisphere so tourists will be flocking to the Caribbean to escape the cold. This peak tourist season lasts all the way through April so you should expect busier resorts, especially along the popular southern and eastern coasts.

The average sea temperature around resorts like Punta Cana and La Romana is a warm 80F. This temperature is perfect for all sorts of water activities from swimming and snorkeling, to surfing, wake-boarding and parasailing. At resorts like Casa de Campo on the southeast coast you’ll be close to the scenic Chavon River where you can go on fishing and sailing excursions.


Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll enjoy warm temperatures and lots of sunshine in February. It’s still the peak season in the Dominican Republic but you can avoid the crowds if you plan your visit outside of the spring break and UK half term holidays.

Still in the dry season, rainfall levels are low and despite the long days of sunshine humidity levels stay relatively low too, especially around the breezy coastal resorts. With so many hours of sunshine a day, you’ll be able to top up your tan or head out and explore the the island.

At Altos de Chavon near Casa de Campo you’ll find a replica 16th-century Mediterranean village, all hand-crafted by local artisans. The village is a big draw for tourists and has an art gallery, a church, an archaeological museum and a huge 5000-seat amphitheater where you can watch a variety of performances.


Mostly dry and sunny, March is a great month for swimming and sunbathing. The third month is slightly warmer but the trade winds work to temper the heat so it never gets unpleasantly hot. There may be some light rain, but showers are typically light and quickly followed by clear sunny skies.

It’s still peak season so there’ll be quite a few tourists around, and prices will be higher than in low season. If you prefer it quieter, then try to travel during school term time rather than in spring break.

Be aware that the UX index in the Dominican Republic is high in March so pack plenty of high factor sun cream.


April is a great time to visit the Dominican Republic. Things are really hotting up towards the summer with around 10 hours of sunshine per day and average temperatures of around 80F. April is the last month of the dry season so rainfall levels are low, in fact you may not see any rain at all during your vacation.

Sightseeing, hiking and exploring are all popular pursuits in April, before the intense summer heat sets in. And since it’s nearing the end of the peak season you’ll get fewer crowds – as long as you avoid traveling over Easter.

If you’re in the Dominican Republic at the end of April you’ll be in time for the Puerto Plato Open, a popular PGA Latin American Tour event held at the signature-designed Playa Dorada golf course.

Dominican Republic weather

With great weather and low season prices, May is often considered to be the best time to visit the Dominican Republic. Each day sees around 9 hours of sunshine, and sun seekers will love the hotter daily highs in the mid 80s. Temperatures can soar even higher in May, but the trade winds around the coast keep things feeling comfortable.

May can bring with it a few rain showers, with the northern shores seeing more than the south. You shouldn’t let that put you off though as the rain is often a refreshing break from the heat and humidity. The sea is also lovely and warm in May so you’ll be grateful for refreshing dips and the abundance of water sports on offer.

In May the Puerto Plato Open is still running. You’ll also be in time for the Santo Domingo De Fiesta which takes place in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo every Friday and Saturday night.

June is the start of the wet season and the hurricane season in the Dominican Republic. There isn’t too much cause for concern though storms in June are rare. June is actually one of the best times to visit the Dominican Republic for a cheaper and quieter vacation.

You’ll still enjoy plenty of good weather in June with around 8 hours of sunshine per day and highs in the top 80s. Things stay lovely and warm in the evenings too with temperatures rarely falling below 70F. With this heat you’ll need to pack loose-fitting cotton clothes to keep you cool, and don’t forget a sun hat and lots of sunscreen.

It’s also a good idea to check with your travel insurance provider to make sure they offer hurricane related cover.

The sun shines all year round in the Dominican Republic but for many travelers, July in the best time to visit. Yes it’s the wet season and there’s the risk of storms, but the risk is still low in July. If you’re a lover of warm weather you’ll love the hot daily highs of 87F through July. It can get even hotter, so it’s a good idea to pack all your summer vacation essentials.

The world-famous Merengue Festival kicks off at the end of the month with celebrations throughout the city of Santo Domingo. Dedicated to the Dominican’s national dance, this event features lots of music and dancing as well as competitions, parties, food fairs and crafts exhibitions.

There are some great places to stay near Santo Domingo including the family friendly resort of Casa de Campo in La Romano.


The Dominican sees highs in the top 80s through August making it a good time to visit if you love the heat. Things stay warm in the evenings too so you can head out and about without getting cold.

Although August is still the wet season it usually rains in short sharp bursts and often only at night. And as it’s nearing the peak of hurricane season you’re likely to find some excellent rates on flights and accommodation. Prices do creep up during the school summer holidays but you’re still likely to find some great deals.

With the high heat and humidity in August you may find strenuous activities a bit too exhausting. The weather is more suited to lazy days spent sunbathing, swimming or enjoying a variety of water-sports. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and beachwear, and remember to drink lots of water throughout the day.

When to go to Dominican Republic


If you’re traveling in September, be aware that it’s the height of the Atlantic hurricane season. It’s also one of the months with the highest levels of rainfall. While the chances of your vacation being affected are still statistically low, you may want to get a comprehensive travel insurance policy and check the hurricane forecast before you travel.

Despite the rain and the chance of storms, September can actually be a great month to visit the Dominican Republic. The weather is hot and sunny, plus there are fewer vacation crowds around once the school term starts.

You can use any rain showers as a break from the beach or as an opportunity to explore the duty-free shops and other indoor attractions. The Zona Colonial has some fascinating old buildings such as the Alcazar de Colon Fortress and the Primada Cathedral.


Like September it’s still the height of the hurricane season but you shouldn’t let that put you off too much. Temperatures are in the mid 80s and there’s around 8 hours of sunshine a day so you can still pack in some sunbathing.

It’s still low season tourism-wise so you can expect lower prices, however they usually creep up during the October half term.

Events-wise you’ll be in time for the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival which comes to Santo Domingo and Santiago at the end of the month.


The good news about November is that there’s a lot less rain compared to the previous months. And even when it does rain it’s usually in short downpours that mostly come in the evenings. The humidity is also lower in November which is welcome news for those who want to head out without being hampered by the heat.

November is the last official month of the hurricane season and also still the low season, meaning lower prices for flights and accommodation. In fact, many travelers consider November to be the best time to visit the Dominican Republic before the hubbub of December sets in.

Dominican Republic in December

There are around 7 hours of sunshine a day in the Dominican Republic in December and average highs along the south coast are in the 80s. This drops to the low 70s at night so you’ll still feel lovely and warm.

Christmas is on the horizon, and school is out at the end of the month, so there are a choice of vacation options to choose from. Visit in early December and it’ll be quieter and a little cheaper. Visit later in the month and it’ll be busier and more expensive but you’ll get to spend Christmas on the beach.

Many travellers say the Dominican Republic in December really pops if you’re looking for the best time to go.

The best time to visit the Dominican Republic for great villa deals

Low-season offers are easy to find in some of the Dominican Republic’s best resorts, including Casa de Campo on the southeast coast. While prices for tend to go up in high season, you can still get some great last-minute deals in the Dominican Republic.

Check out our vacation rentals in the Dominican Republic or browse through all of our Caribbean deals to find your dream hideaway.




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