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When to visit the Dominican Republic

by SmarterTravel Staff

The Dominican Republic is an affordable tropical destination with warm weather year-round. The most popular time to visit is during the winter months when tourists come to escape the cold up north. The rest of the year brings fewer crowds and even more affordable prices, particularly at hotels.

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  • high season: January to April
  • low season: May to August
  • shoulder season: September to December

Weather Information

Its location close to the equator gives the Dominican Republic a pleasantly warm climate. Ten out of twelve months experience average highs of 85 degrees in the day and 72 degrees at night. The climate cools off in January when temperatures only reach 80 degrees in the day and 65 degrees at night. Hurricane season begins in July and ends in September; however, storms typically don't affect the country for longer than 24 hours.

Crowd Information

The weeks leading up to the Easter holiday are filled with festivals that attract crowds. Mardi Gras is also a major draw for locals and tourists.

Closure Information

Restaurants, hotels, and venues remain open throughout the year.

When to Save

The Dominican Republic is one of the most inexpensive vacation destinations year-round; however, hotel prices are lower from May through August. Though it's high season, airfare is actually cheaper from January through April because airlines add more flights to meet demand and the competition for traveler dollars keeps prices competitive. However, hotel rates are more expensive during high season, as there is a fixed and limited supply of rooms.

When to Book

Book two to three months in advance for travel during the high season to get the best rates. Book three weeks in advance for travel during the low season, or wait for dips in prices.

Information provided by the Secretary of State for Tourism.

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