Weather: Average temperature is 78-88 degrees Year-Round
Capital City: Santo Domingo
The Dominican Republic, affectionately called by natives, the DR, is the Caribbean's most geographically diverse country, boasting everything from tropical rainforests and towering green mountain ranges, to mangrove swamps and desert expanses. This natural bounty offers terrific eco-tourism and adventure travel opportunities, catering to outdoor enthusiasts from mountain-bikers, and hikers, to water sport enthusiasts.
The weather in the Dominican Republic is hottest in July and August and coolest in February. During the rainy season rains are typically brief and provide welcome relief to the summer heat. May to October is the rainy season but August is a little less rainy than the other summer months. Throughout the Caribbean June to October is hurricane season with September and October seeing the most Caribbean hurricanes. Travel insurance is always recommended but even more so if you’re traveling during these months.
- Punta Cana stuns visitors with a series of wide idyllic white beaches that stretch nearly uninterrupted for 35 miles. And, it has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most affordable destinations in the Caribbean.
- Puerto Plata was the first beach destination developed for tourism in the Dominican Republic, it remains one of its most popular, with a long string of affordable beachfront resorts and a reputation as one of the best spots for windsurfing in the world.
- Cabarete, on the North Coast, is famous for kiteboarding and is also a well-known snorkeling area.
- Limon is an impressive waterfall, over 170 feet tall that cascades into a remarkably beautiful swimming hole.
- Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. Stroll the cobblestone streets, shop Mercado Modelo handcraft market, and experience some local food.