The best times to visit Punta Cana for ideal weather are

February 12th to March 4th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Punta Cana Travel Info

Weather in Punta Cana

Temperature

Average temperatures in Punta Cana vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 5th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Punta Cana, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 89.6°F (32°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 77.4°F (25.2°C) at night.

Punta Cana Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Punta Cana Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

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Punta Cana Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Punta Cana Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 83.9 77.7 70.7
Feb 84.2 77.9 70.8
Mar 84.6 78 70.7
Apr 85.9 79.6 72.7
May 86.9 80.5 73.8
Jun 88.2 82 75.5
Jul 89.1 83 76.5
Aug 89.3 83.1 76.3
Sep 89.4 82.4 75.1
Oct 88.9 81.7 74.5
Nov 86.5 79.8 73
Dec 84.7 78.3 71.6

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 28.8 25.4 21.5
Feb 29 25.5 21.6
Mar 29.2 25.6 21.5
Apr 29.9 26.4 22.6
May 30.5 26.9 23.2
Jun 31.2 27.8 24.2
Jul 31.7 28.3 24.7
Aug 31.8 28.4 24.6
Sep 31.9 28 23.9
Oct 31.6 27.6 23.6
Nov 30.3 26.6 22.8
Dec 29.3 25.7 22

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Punta Cana are March, April, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid March. For example, on the week of March 12th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early November with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of November 5th.

When can you find snow in Punta Cana? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Punta Cana.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Punta Cana (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 19% 0 2.8
Feb 19% 0 3.9
Mar 14% 0 2.6
Apr 17% 0 2.6
May 21% 0 4.6
Jun 22% 0 4
Jul 19% 0 3.1
Aug 27% 0 5.9
Sep 22% 0 5
Oct 24% 0 3.9
Nov 27% 0 3.9
Dec 26% 0 4.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 19 0 7.1
Feb 19 0 9.9
Mar 14 0 6.6
Apr 17 0 6.6
May 21 0 11.7
Jun 22 0 10.2
Jul 19 0 7.9
Aug 27 0 15
Sep 22 0 12.7
Oct 24 0 9.9
Nov 27 0 9.9
Dec 26 0 12.4

 

Humidity and Wind

Punta Cana has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (69.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (76.1%).

Wind in Punta Cana is usually moderate. The windiest month is December, followed by March and January. December’s average wind speed of around 8.5 knots (9.8 MPH or 15.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late December where average top sustained speeds reach 13.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Punta Cana.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 8.2 Gentle breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Feb 7.9 Gentle breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Mar 8.4 Gentle breeze 12.7 Significant breeze
Apr 8.2 Gentle breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
May 6.9 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Jun 6.7 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
Jul 8.1 Gentle breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Aug 7.9 Gentle breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Sep 6 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Oct 6 Light breeze 11.2 Significant breeze
Nov 7.1 Gentle breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Dec 8.5 Gentle breeze 13 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 73.6%
Feb 72.2%
Mar 69.1%
Apr 70.6%
May 75.2%
Jun 75.6%
Jul 73.2%
Aug 74.4%
Sep 76.1%
Oct 75.9%
Nov 75.7%
Dec 73.9%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Punta Cana?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for the Dominican Republic; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 28, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is January, followed by February and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Punta Cana in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 54.9 in November means 54.9% of the tourists vs. January.

 

 

Overall Punta Cana Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 87.4°F (30.8°C) and 83.8°F (28.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Punta Cana, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 89.5°F (31.9°C) and 85.6°F (29.8°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Punta Cana to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 85.4°F (29.7°C) and 83.6°F (28.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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