Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Weather and Climate
Punta Cana is located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic. The popular vacation destination in the Caribbean is the main tourist center of the Verón district.
The region is known for heavenly beaches and ideal conditions for a beach and bathing holiday. There is no actual town center in Punta Cana, it is rather the widespread name for the long beach area of the town of Bávaro.
The term Punta Cana is based on the Spanish word Punta (for “tip”) 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 around the world.
Punta Cana can be reached from Frankfurt in around 10 hours by plane.
Climate in Punta Cana
The east coast of the Dominican Republic has a tropical climate. This is characterized by small temperature differences during the year, so there are no classic seasons as we are used to from Europpa. Basically, daytime temperatures between 28 and 31 ° C prevail all year round, and in the midday sun the thermometer easily climbs above 30 degrees.
The warmest months are June to October, but they are also the wetter 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 early June to November, although experience has shown that most tropical cyclones occur between July and September.
In Punta Cana there is comparatively little rainfall. The rainiest months are May and October, with an average of more than 120 millimeters of precipitation. 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 rain, these are usually short, heavy showers, shortly afterwards it clears up again.
When to go to Punta Cana
Punta Cana is a real year-round destination, as the effects of the rainy season can only be felt to a lesser extent due to the more protected location in the east of the Dominican Republic. The main season lasts from November to April, at this time of travel the humidity is lower than and the temperatures can be tolerated very well. In the border area between the Atlantic and the Caribbean there are year-round bathing water temperatures of warm 26 to 29 degrees.
The European summer holidays create a second main season in the Dominican Republic. However, they are within the stated risk period and are therefore not considered the best time to travel to Punta Cana. We have already been to Punta Cana twice during this period (June and September) and except for one cloudy day we had wonderful summer weather. But due to the factors mentioned, we can at least not call this period the best travel time.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine
|Daytime temperature||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||29 ° C||30 ° C||30 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||29 ° C||28 ° C|
|Night temperature||22 ° C||22 ° C||22 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C||24 ° C||25 ° C||25 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||23 ° C||22 ° C|
|Water temperature||26 ° C||26 ° C||26 ° C||27 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||28 ° C||29 ° C||29 ° C||28 ° C||27 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||66||54||54||69||124||104||78||103||102||152||117||79|
|Hours of sunshine||8||9||9||9||8||9||9||9||8||8||8||8|
The annual average temperature is 26.2 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is August (27.7 ° C), coldest month of February with averages of 24.7 ° C. The maximum water temperature is 29 ° C. Comfortable bathing is possible at these temperatures. All months have a water temperature of at least 21 ° C and are therefore suitable for a beach holiday.
The annual precipitation is 1102 mm on 110 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. There is no rainy season, i.e. months with more than 175 mm of precipitation. Snowfall is generally not expected in any month.
As our climate table shows, March is the sunniest month with an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day. The average annual sunshine is 8.4 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Higüey and La Romana.
Highlights and attractions
Bávaro Beach offers its guests a heavenly beach with palm trees and turquoise blue water, a real postcard motif. Most of the high-class hotel resorts of Punta Cana are located here, the beach is extremely long and invites you to take long walks for hours. A trip to Isla Saona is also recommended.
With small speedboats or relaxed by catamaran, the excursions lead directly into the nature reserve, with snorkeling stops and often accompanied by wild dolphins. Fantastic beaches await you on the island, which are far less crowded than the rather bustling stretches of beach in Punta Cana.
Punta Cana weather in March, April and May
Daily temperatures averaging 28 to 30 ° C can be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 26-28 ° C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
You can expect around 7 days of rainfall in March, around 6 days in April and around 10 days in May.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines on average between 8 and 9 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in March in Punta Cana, with a little less sun you will have to get by in May.