Puerto Plata Travel Guide

Dominican Republic  
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Best Times to Visit Puerto Plata

The best time to visit Puerto Plata is May and June, when hotel rates take a dive for the impending rainy season. In general, the city's weather is warm with average highs ranging from 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to about 90 degrees in the summer. The region does experience a large amount of precipitation with an average of 50 to 60 inches of rainfall each year, with almost 10 inches alone on average in November.

Weather in Puerto Plata

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Average Temperature (°F)
83.8
63.3
83.8
63
84.7
63.9
86
65.8
88
67.8
90.3
69.4
90.5
69.8
90.5
69.6
90.7
69.1
90
68
86.9
66.4
84.2
64.4
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
7.49
5.51
5.07
4.87
5.41
2.25
2.74
3.19
2.6
4.37
8.99
9.13
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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December-April

Although the weather is gorgeous – ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit – this is also the peak tourist season. Accommodations will be expensive and might be hard to come by, so book at least three to four months in advance. 

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May-Mid June

The peak crowds disperse, and room rates are discounted up to 50%, perfect for budget travelers. Temperatures can creep into the 90s, but you'll miss the worst of Puerto Plata's hurricane season. 

Mid June- November

The city sees most of its annual precipitation between June and November, with November being its rainiest month – Puerto Plata is subject to tropical storms and hurricanes during this Atlantic hurricane season. But room rates are lower and crowds are nonexistent, so if you were planning on skipping the beach and don't mind the increased humidity, consider this time of year. 

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Popular Times to Visit Puerto Plata

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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