Best Time to Visit Punta Cana

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Punta Cana. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Punta Cana. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Punta Cana for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 22 °C to 31 °C
Waves Symbol 26 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 2.135.98 in (6 – 11 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Punta Cana is located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. The popular holiday destination in the Caribbean is the most important tourist centre in the Verón district.

The region is known for its paradisiacal beaches and ideal conditions for a beach and bathing holiday. There is no real town centre in Punta Cana, it is rather the common name for the long beach zone of Bávaro.

The term Punta Cana is based on the Spanish word Punta (for”lace”) and the plants of the Cana palm. The region around Punta Cana has only about 54,000 inhabitants, but it has its own international airport, which is served by countless cities all over the world.

Climate in Punta Cana

Excellence Punta Cana (Ted Murphy)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' On the east coast of the Dominican Republic you will find a tropical climate. This is characterized by small temperature differences during the year, so there are no classical seasons as we are used to from Europpa. In principle, daytime temperatures between 28 °C to 31 °C prevail throughout the year, in the midday sun the thermometer also climbs effortlessly above the 30 °C mark.

The warmest months are June to October, but they are also the wettest months in the south and east of the Dominican Republic and are generally in the risk period for hurricanes. The hurricane season in the Caribbean officially runs from the beginning of June to November, with experience showing that most tropical cyclones occur between July and September.

In Punta Cana there is comparatively little rainfall. The rainy months are May and October, when rainfall averages more than 4.72 in. The classic rainy season from May to October is less pronounced in the region than in the other areas of the Dominican Republic. If it should come to rain, these are usually short strong showers, shortly after it clears up again.

Best Time to Visit Punta Cana: Overview

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When to go to Punta Cana?


Punta Cana is a real year-round destination, as the effects of the rainy season are only mitigated by the more protected location in the east of DomRep. The high season lasts from November to April, at this time of the year the humidity is also lower and the temperatures are therefore very good. In the border area between the Atlantic and the Caribbean, water temperatures of 26 °C to 29 °C are also suitable for swimming all year round.

The European summer holidays create a second high season in the Dominican Republic. However, they are within the mentioned risk period and are therefore not considered the best travel time in Punta Cana. We have already been to Punta Cana twice during this period (June and September) and had wonderful summer weather except for one cloudy day. But due to the factors mentioned we can at least not call this period the best travel time.

Climate Chart Punta Cana

Climate Chart Punta Cana
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Punta Cana

In the following, you will find the climate table for Punta Cana, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature28°28°28°29°30°30°31°31°31°31°29°28°
Night Temperature22°22°22°23°23°24°25°25°24°24°23°22°
Water Temperature26°26°26°27°28°28°28°28°29°29°28°27°
Precipitation (inch)2.62.132.132.724.884.093.074.064.025.984.613.11
Rainy days977610991010111111
Hours of Sunshine899989998888
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 26.2 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (27.7 °C)
Coldest month: February (24.7 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
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Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 43.39 inch on 110 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, March is the sunniest month with an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.4 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


Bávaro Beach offers its guests a paradisiacal beach with palm trees and turquoise blue water, a real postcard motif. Here you will find most of Punta Cana’s top-class hotel resorts, the beach is extremely long and also invites you to take long walks for hours. A trip to Isla Saona is also recommended.

With small speedboats or completely relaxed by catamaran the trips lead directly into the nature reserve, with snorkel stops and often accompanied by wild dolphins. On the island you will find beautiful beaches that are far less crowded than the rather cloudy beaches of Punta Cana.

More information about the best things to do: Dominican Republic

Popular Activities

More attractions

From Punta Cana: Morning Half-Day Zip-Line Adventure | Punta Cana: Swim with Dolphins | Punta Cana: Monkey Land Half-Day Tour | Helicopter Excursion to Saona Island from Punta Cana | Dominican Countryside: Half-Day Tour with Macao Beach | From Punta Cana: Manati Park Entrance Ticket | Punta Cana Resort & Club: Horseback Riding Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Punta Cana (Station Borrachón)
broken clouds     broken clouds, 20.8 °C
Clouds: 75 %       Wind: 4 mph NO
Air Pressure: 1018 hPa       Humidity: 83 %
Last updated: 21st Jan 2019, 03:00 am
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Dominican Republic: Regions

Punta Cana is part of the holiday destination Dominican Republic. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Punta Cana: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 14 reviews for Punta Cana holiday already. Average rating is 4.3 of 5 stars.
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    Karoline, 39 years old was there in March

    We arrived at the end of March at the beginning of April and the weather was rather mixed. In between short but heavy rain showers, but after about 5 minutes the bright sky was visible again. Want to travel in September this time and are curious about the climate…

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Elfi, 50 years old was there in December

    Weather was wonderful, sunny and warm 4.-17.12.17 during this time 1x evening short heavy rain shower. Low humidity.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Max, 28 years old was there in December

    2 weeks mid-December 2017 here and just bad weather. Maximum 3 hours a day in the sun, if at all otherwise only very cloudy and very windy. Last year in September there had been gorgeous weather

    Weather Rating: 1 stars – Mostly bad

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    Karl, 59 years old was there in September

    Rain almost every day. Extremely high humidity. Already from 8 o’clock sweating without end. Last year in October, weather much better. From 15 days only 3 times rained. Strong, but mostly towards the evening

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    Liliana, 53 years old was there in August

    There were only short showers from time to time. Otherwise it was great!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Cerstien, 52 years old was there in August

    We were in Punta Cana in August 2017. The climate was slightly tropical, but nevertheless very pleasant. It only rained for one day during our stay, but only for about an hour. After that it was sunny again.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Ingmar, 51 years old was there in January

    The weather was top, few rainy days, pleasant temperatures, no high humidity.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Heidi, 49 years old was there in February

    We were there at the end of February.10 days of which 1 rainy day but still pleasantly warm
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    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Michaela, 49 years old was there in April

    Weather perfect. 15 days of it a day when a short heavy shower came down. But shortly afterwards the spook was over. The rain was very pleasant and afterwards sunshine again.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Michael, 55 years old was there in October

    almost never rained, if only in the early morning or in the evening and at night

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Casimir, 55 years old was there in May

    2 days in three weeks heavily rained, occasionally also a shower on other days, but otherwise mostly top weather

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Sandra, 23 years old was there in May

    We were Punta Cana. Dream weather from the rainy season no trace. The humidity was very high but it had never rained except one day it was not nice but we were very lucky and booked a trip to Saona Island and there it was very nice.
    Goods from 18.05-28.05 2017

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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