Best Time to Visit Samaná

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Samaná. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Samaná. 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 Samaná for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 19 °C to 33 °C
Waves Symbol 26 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 4.3310.12 in (10 – 19 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Samaná is a peninsula in the north-eastern part of the Dominican Republic, capital of the province is the village of Samaná with about 45,000 inhabitants.

The northern coast of the peninsula has a variety of great beaches, nestled between lush coconut forests and tropical vegetation that grow right up to the sea.

Las Terrenas is the region’s main tourist centre, with a number of top-class holiday resorts, but overall the Samaná peninsula is far less crowded than the Dominican strongholds in other parts of the country (especially Punta Cana and Puerto Plata).

The journey is either via Samaná International Airport, which is about an hour’s drive from Las Terrenas, or via Las Americas Airport in the capital Santo Domingo. From here you can reach the peninsula in about 2.5 hours by car.

Climate in Samaná

Cayo Levantado (Rachel Docherty)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate on the peninsula is tropical and very humid compared to other holiday regions of the Dominican Republic. Short, violent tropical showers can occur all year round, creating the lush, picturesque landscape of Samaná.

From about mid-December to May, there is the least rainfall in the region, but from the beginning of June to about October there is not only an increased level of precipitation, but also the potential danger of hurricanes.

Nevertheless, the period of the European summer holidays in July and August is the main tourist season in Samaná, as is the period around Easter (especially Semana Santa). Due to the good climatic conditions, the period from Christmas to the end of February is also extremely popular.

Best Time to Visit Samaná: Overview

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When is the best time to travel for Samaná?


In travel guides and on information pages on the Internet you will find numerous, completely different hints about the best travel time on the Samaná peninsula. Of course, this is often due to the personal interests of the authors and site operators who want to boost tourism all year round.

But sometimes it is also due to ignorance and the dynamic changes caused by global climate change. In principle, we can indeed call Samaná a year-round destination with a clear conscience, as the temperatures from January to December are almost consistently tropical warm and the sea is also suitable for swimming on most days of the year.

The greatest danger of storms and hurricanes is between June and early October, with experience showing that most storms can hit the peninsula in August and September. Since it comes only in absolute exceptional cases to acute endangerment, this travel time is nevertheless very popular.

If you want to take the least weather risk, you should consider the best time to travel to Samaná from January to April. This recommendation coincides very well with the whale season off the coast: every year from January to the end of March hundreds of impressive humpback whales gather in the bay off Samaná – an incredible spectacle!

Climate Chart Samaná

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

Climate Table Samaná

In the following, you will find the climate table for Samaná, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Water Temperatures.

Temperatures, Precipitation

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature29°30°30°31°32°33°33°33°33°32°31°30°
Night Temperature19°19°20°21°22°23°23°23°23°22°21°20°
Water Temperature26°26°26°26°27°28°28°29°29°29°28°27°
Precipitation (inch)5.744.314.595.589.115.997.299.027.619.7210.137.99
Rainy days161211101514171816171918
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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: July (27.9 °C)
Coldest month: January (24.2 °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: 87.08 inch on 183 rainy days

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

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): May, July, August, September, October, November, and December
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 60.87 in

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sights and Excursions


In addition to the breathtaking tours for whale watching in spring, the region also offers numerous other sights. The Salto del Límon waterfall is certainly one of the highlights of the island of Hispaniola, as is a boat and hiking trip to the Los Haitises National Park.

Beach lovers should not miss a visit to the Bacardi island of Cayo Levantado, which also has the recommended 5-star Hotel Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado. If you like it a bit faster, take a trip with the Quad (ATV) to the great Playa Rincon.

More information about the best things to do: Dominican Republic

Popular Activities

More attractions

Samana: Whale Watching Tour | Bacardi Island & Samana Bay: Whale Sanctuary & Sailing Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Samaná
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Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 9 mph SO
Air Pressure: 1016 hPa       Humidity: 74 %
Last updated: 24th Jan 2021, 08:24 pm
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Dominican Republic: Regions

Samaná 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:

Samaná: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 7 reviews for Samaná holiday already. Average rating is 3.7 of 5 stars.
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    Heike, 57 years old was there in February

    Very windy and almost every day rain?????????? We must be feeling climate change here. Been here a lot, but the weather’s getting worse.

    Weather Rating: 2 stars – Tricky

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    Brigitte, 54 years old was there in August

    We were there in august 2017 18 days, it was beautiful. 2 days of rain but otherwise sunny and in the evening still quite warm.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Ina, 57 years old was there in March

    We were there in March. The weather was very changeable, it rained several times and in the evening it was quite cool. In the evening long clothes were advantageous. At this time of year the weather used to be more beautiful and almost without rain.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Tabea, 51 years old was there in May

    We were there at the end of April/May 2017, weren’t so lucky with the weather. The first 4 days it only rained, furthermore it was always cloudy, mixed. Days with blue cloudless skies were pretty rare.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Laura, 37 years old was there in March

    the travelling time in march was a stroke of luck for us even if it was very hot. only once rain and otherwise super much sun and blue sky.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Alexander, 30 years old was there in June

    We were in and around Samaná in the middle of June. The climate was quite oppressive and humid (especially in the evening), hot during the day and mostly sunny. One day we had heavy clouds, otherwise the weather was quite good for this travel season.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Ralf, 46 years old was there in February

    Great weather, dream beaches without crowds and many great excursions. Also the whale watching was really impressive, one comes quite close to the animals with the boat under expert guidance and can observe the giants of the seas wonderfully. But don’t worry when swimming, the humpback whales keep a good distance to the coast. So it can’t happen that such a gentle giant suddenly appears next to you while bathing 😀

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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