When to visit Punta Cana? That’s one of the most important questions when you are planning your vacation to this beautiful location. You may have some questions about the weather, seasons, crowds and other factors that can affect your stay. Luckily for you, we at Top Punta Cana Resorts are here to help you!
First thing first. Punta Cana has four seasons when we are thinking about travelling there: two low seasons and two high seasons. The first High season goes from the last days of December until March. Then we go into a low season from April to June. Another High Season goes from July to August, followed by the lowest season of the year from September until December. As you can see, the seasons are affected by the weather, but not the Dominican weather. Punta Cana seasons are affected mostly by the weather in the northern hemisphere countries.
So now that we have an overall idea of the seasons, lets analyze them in detail:
High Season – December to March
This is the highest season at Punta Cana. Room occupation is at its maximum, prices are high and the resorts and hotels are crowded. There is no surprise here as these are the coldest months in the northern hemisphere and the tourists are looking for the warm and great weather that Punta Cana provides.
While the resorts are crowded this time of the year, we must admit that the massive amount of hotels in Punta Cana may give you the impression that the crowds are low. In some hotels this might be true. Per example, the massive Hard Rock Hotel is so huge that the crowds are going to be dispersed around the property. But you will feel the crowds at the restaurants and trying to catch a god spot at the pool or beach (If you get there just a bit late in the mornings, you won’t get any).
We understand that you probably need to travel these months to have a break of the inclement winter of your country. If this is the reason why you are visiting Punta Cana, go for it. If that’s not the case, we suggest you to wait a bit more. You will get better prices and packages and you will be in a resort that doesn’t feel so crowded.
Also, the weather at Punta Cana is practically perfect year round. But during the months of December and January, it can be a bit chilly at the nights and the pool and sea can be a bit cold for some people.
Low Season – April to June
This is the first low season of the year. The weather is getting better and the arrival of tourist slow down just a bit. The kids are still at school, so the families are waiting for summer break to travel. While the crowds aren’t at his minimum level, they are pretty decent and you can relax easily.
This is our favorite season to visit Punta Cana. The weather is perfect, the prices are decent and you can enjoy the resorts as much as you want.
High Season -July to August
This season is heavily affected by summer break, so expect a lot of families at the resorts. Even when we are almost at the peak of the Hurricane Season, the weather is still pretty good in Punta Cana, so this won’t affect the arrival of tourist to the area. Prices go up during this season and the resorts are heavily crowded by the locals during these months.
We suggest you to avoid travelling during these dates. The exception is if you are going during weekdays. If that’s the case, the resorts won’t be crowded by the locals and you will have a pretty good time. Just remember, August and September are the peak months of the hurricane season.
Low Season – September to December
Just after the mayhem of summer break, we go to the most quiets months in Punta Cana. During these months the bookings are at it’s minimum and everything feels so relaxed. But don’t be fooled, the amount of tourists at Punta Cana is still relative high. But with so many resorts, it just doesn’t feel like that.
This is a great season to visit Punta Cana. The hottest months of the year are ending and the weather after September is awesome. The prices are at it’s lowest point of the year and the resorts are doing great promotions to attract the tourist to their properties.
These are the four seasons at Punta Cana, but there are also more things that you need to consider that can affect your vacation at this beautiful location. Here are some:
The Hurricane Season
The hurricane season in Punta Cana (and the entire Atlantic) goes from June 1 to November 30, peaking during the months of August and September. While the risk of an hurricane hitting Punta Cana is always there, you shouldn’t be too worried about it. The last major Hurricane that hit the Dominican Republic was Hurricane George back in 1997. The island gets hit by a couple of Tropical Storms every year and a minor hurricane every couple years.
While all the resorts are well prepared for these events, it might affect your travel itineraries and it can force you to be at your room for one or two days, affecting your vacation at this paradise.
This is also the rainy season, so rain is more frequent during these months. The weather is great most of the days, but you can get some rain during your trip.
Luckily, Punta Cana is not a destination for spring breakers. During this time everything will be just normal at the resorts. You may find a group of spring breakers here and there, but they are small and scattered, so it won’t affect your time here.
The Holy Week is one of the most important religious dates in the Dominican Republic. The country practically stops during this week from Thursday to Sunday. With most of the population going for a small holiday. During this four days, all the resorts are packed. Believe us, they are as crowded as they can get. While the vast majority of locals are great people, with crowds so big things can get a bit uncomfortable for the tourist that is not used to deal with the culture of the Dominicans. They are loud. Our recommendation is to avoid this week at all costs.
Christmas & New Year
These dates are lovely, and going on vacations during this time of the year is great. The resorts aren’t at it’s maximum, but the room occupation is relatively high. But during the holidays, the prices are at it highest and most of the special dinners for Christmas and New Year are not included in your booking. So check this when you decide to travel for these dates.
So, when to visit Punta Cana?
And these are the most important things to consider when you are planning the dates for your next Punta Cana Vacations. We are sure that if you take all of this in consideration, you are going to know the answer for when to visit Punta Cana. But we are sure of one thing, it doesn’t matter when you go, we are pretty confident that you will have an awesome time at Punta Cana!