Best time to visit Dominican Republic

The best time to visit the Dominican Republic is during the winter dry season from December through April when temperatures average 25°C (77°F), rising to an average daily high of 30°C (86°F).


Dominican Republic weather

The Dominican Republic has a hot tropical climate year-round, with a hot, muggy season from May to October and a cooler, dry season from December to March, and little variation in temperature.

Despite the heat of summer and occasional rains, the Dominican Republic is a year-round holiday destination.

Rain falls throughout the year in the Dominican Republic. The months with fewest wet days in Dominican Republic are February and March. The north coast is wetter than the south and has a higher rainfall than most Caribbean islands.

The north coast is exposed to the north-east trade winds, as such it also rains during winter. In Puerto Plata, rainfall follows a pattern opposite to the one typical of the Caribbean: usually the least rainy season is summer from June to September, while the winter season, when the north-east trade winds blow, is rainy.


Which is the hottest month in Dominican Republic?
The hottest month in Dominican Republic is usually July, with an average daily high temperature of 32°C (89°F) with high heat and humidity, and a low of 23°C (73°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-June to early-October, with an average daily high temperature above 31°C (87°F).

Which is the coldest month in Dominican Republic?
The coldest month in Dominican Republic is January, with an average low temperature of 19°C (66°F) and an average high temperature of 30°C (86°F).

The cool season lasts from early-December through to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature below 27°C (80°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Dominican Republic?
The sunniest month of the year in Dominican Republic is usually February, with eight hours of bright sunshine per day; that's an average of 71% of daylight hours.

Which month has the most rain in Dominican Republic?
May is usually the wettest month in Dominican Republic with 190mm of rainfall on average. There are normally 11 days in May with some rainfall.

The wet season lasts from late-April to late-November, with a greater than 14% chance of any given day being a wet day.

Most of the rain falls as brief tropical downpours most often in the evening allowing many hours of sunny weather during the day.

The northern coast experiences a short wet season between November and January.

When is the sea warmest in Dominican Republic?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Dominican Republic in September when the water temperature reaches 29°C (84°F).

Which is the windiest month in Dominican Republic?
The windiest month of the year in Dominican Republic is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (8 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from mid-November through to mid-May, with average wind speeds of more than 14 kilometres per hour (7 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from mid-May through to mid-November. The calmest month of the year in Dominican Republic is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 12 kilometres per hour (6 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Dominican Republic is from the east throughout the year.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Dominican Republic?
The likelihood of a tropical storm in Dominican Republic is greatest during the wet season, with a risk of around 3% in September.

June to November is the official hurricane season in Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Tropical storms and cyclones usually come from the east.


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Monthly Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max temp (°C)
30 30 30 31 31 32 32 32 32 32 31 30
Average daily min temp (°C)
19 19 19 21 22 23 23 23 23 22 21 20
Daily hours of sunshine
7 7 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 7
Daily hours of daylight
11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
85 85 82 82 81 80 80 80 80 82 84 85
UV Index (max)
8 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 9 7
Number of days with some rainfall
8 6 6 7 11 10 11 12 12 13 9 9
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
65 55 55 70 190 140 145 175 180 185 100 85
Average wind speed (km/h)
16 16 16 15 14 15 15 14 13 12 15 16
Average daily sea temp (°C)
27 26 26 27 28 28 28 29 29 29 28 27
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Holiday seasons

High season: Mid-December to mid-April;

Low season: From May to November, with discounts on hotels, car rentals and tours.


Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


Latest update: Best time to visit the Dominican Republic : 5 July, 2022



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