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Best time to visit Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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The best time to visit Punta Cana is March-April

If you’re looking to travel to Punta Cana for your next trip but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid, this article is all you’ll need. The best time to visit Punta Cana is March-April due to the excellent all-round weather conditions, and it’s also not during the height of peak travel periods, so it’s not likely to be as busy.

In the height of summer, temperatures in Punta Cana can reach a maximum of 30℃ (87℉). The average low temperatures in winter float around 15℃ (59℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 13℃ (55℉).

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Punta Cana, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in January are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Punta Cana in September – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Keep reading to find all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Punta Cana. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll be ready to start booking your trip.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

January

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Punta Cana seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Punta Cana as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Punta Cana is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Punta Cana

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Punta Cana for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Punta Cana climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Punta Cana for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Punta Cana in January

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 13mm (1") over 10 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in February

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 17mm (1") over 12 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in March

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (2") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in March, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in April

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 70mm (3") over 24 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in April, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in May

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 126mm (5") over 26 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
26 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in June

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 99mm (4") over 25 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in July

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 106mm (4") over 25 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in August

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 121mm (5") over 26 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
26 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in September

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 2 days
  • Average rainfall: 162mm (6") over 27 days
2 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Punta Cana in October

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 118mm (5") over 27 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
27 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in October, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in November

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 60mm (2") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in November, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Punta Cana in December

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Punta Cana in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Punta Cana is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 29℃ (83℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Punta Cana is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Punta Cana is generally around September, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of September too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Punta Cana, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in January are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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