When to visit Punta Cana

by , SmarterTravel Staff

With comfortable temperatures throughout the year, Punta Cana is a popular destination for beach activities anytime. The most popular time to go is in the winter, when many people from up north escape the chillier weather. Late spring and summer are the least popular times to visit, because fewer people come during the city's warmer and wetter months. However, August can get busy, when local schools are on break. Fall can be an ideal time to go as the weather is mild and crowds are minimal.

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  • high season: January to March
  • low season: April to September
  • shoulder season: October to December

Weather Information

Punta Cana experiences a tropical climate, with a diverse mix of microclimates. The annual average highs fluctuate between 81 and 87 degrees. October through February is the most favorable time to visit weather-wise, with low humidity and warmer evenings. Hurricane season lasts from June through November.

Crowd Information

Punta Cana gets busy during major holidays, especially Easter and New Year's, and in August, when children are on vacation from school. February draws many visitors for Carnival.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year.

When to Save

The least expensive time to visit is during the low season, when specials are available. The most expensive time is during holidays such as Christmas and New Year's due to the rise in visitors and demand.

Information provided by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism.

A few more sites for information

  • Weather.com: This popular website for current weather provides forecasts, a flight tracker, and temperature averages for the previous year.

The information and websites listed here were valid at the time of publication, but some details may have changed since that time. Please check directly with the provider for the latest information.

 
 
 
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