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Best Times to Visit Punta Cana

The best time to visit Punta Cana is from March to May, when the peak season rush trickles out of the city. Luckily, the weather is warm year-round, with average highs around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But keep in mind: The Dominican Republic experiences some of the effects of the Atlantic hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30. And Punta Cana in particular has been known to face severe tropical storms, with October being the rainiest month. Still, this area stays crowded no matter the season.

Weather in Punta Cana

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
81.9
71.4
81.7
71.2
82.6
71.6
83.7
72.5
85.3
73.8
86.5
75.4
86.9
76.3
87.3
76.6
87.6
75.9
86.9
74.5
84.9
73.8
82.6
72.1
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
2.61
2.13
2.13
2.72
4.9
4.09
3.08
4.06
4
5.99
4.59
3.09
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

December-February

Loads of tourists visit Punta Cana this time of year to bask in the warm weather (average temps ranges from the low 70s to the low 80s), so expect pricey competition for accommodations. There are even larger crowds around Christmas and New Year's Eve in December, so make your reservations several months in advance. 

Key Events:

March-May

This shoulder season sees fewer crowds and decent prices on accommodations compared to the winter high season, though there will be an uptick in visitors in March and April for spring break. The weather is also pleasant with sunny skies and average highs hovering in the low 80s.

Key Events:

  • Carnival (March)
  • Spring Break (March-April)
June-November

Hurricane season is in full swing in the offseason, and when the beach and the golf courses are rained out, there isn't much left to do. But if you feel like taking your chances with the weather, you'll find cheaper hotel prices and discounts on vacation packages, especially in September and October when tourist volume is at its lowest and the threat of hurricanes is at its highest. If you're traveling during this unpredictable period, make sure you contact your hotel to ensure there are no weather-related closures.

Key Events:

Popular Times to Visit Punta Cana

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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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