Many vacationers visit the Dominican Republic because of its tropical climate, but there are certain times of year that are better suited to travel, depending on what you want from your vacation.
The Dominican Republic experiences some heavy rainfall throughout the year, especially from October to May. When deciding when to embark on your island retreat, you may want to consider both the weather and the crowds.
With an average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the Dominican Republic sees little variation temperature-wise throughout the year. Instead of separating seasons by when the weather will be cold and hot, it is rainfall that helps to mark the change. The rainy season takes place during the summer, which occurs between May and October. The average rainfall is about 58.5 inches, with May experiencing the highest volume of rain. This also coincides with the country's tourist of-season.
Rain is still possible during the winter months, but it comes less often and in shorter bursts. It is not uncommon to look outside and see dark clouds that open up for five to 15 minutes of light rain before the sun shines through and all is sunny and dry once again.
The threat of hurricanes is a real one in the Dominican Republic, but something that vacationers very rarely have to worry about. Hurricane season takes place from the beginning of June until the end of November, which is conveniently during the low season. With advances is meteorological technology, vacationers should know days in advance is a hurricane will strike, allowing them plenty of time to make alternative travel plans.
The Caribbean islands usually experience their high season during the winter months. This is the most popular and fashionable time to visit the Dominican Republic because many visitors find this time the perfect opportunity to escape the cold weather of their more northern homes. Most activity occurs on the island from December 15 to April 15, and most vacationers will be thoroughly entertained when visiting during this time of year. Festivals are a particular favorite over these months, with events ranging from music concerts to food and arts festivals.
Along with being the most popular time to visit, the high season is also the most expensive time to vacation in the Republic. Because of the crowds, hotels and resorts are heavily booked and often run out of vacancies. Travelers who want to vacation during this time of year must make their reservations two to three months in advance to ensure that they have a place to stay, and it doesn't hurt to make restaurant reservations, and contact tour companies to sign up for any activities that you can pre-plan.
After April 15, hotel prices can drop as much as 50 percent. Cruise and airline prices also fall during this time of year. The temperature is only slightly warmer during the summer months, and the island still hosts many activities. Basic supply and demand is the cause in this shift. Not keen on traveling from one hot destination to another, most vacationers choose to take vacations during this time of year in cooler climates. This makes the Dominican Republic the perfect destination for those who want to avoid crowds and save money.
Keep in mind, however, that local businesses often use this time of year to embark upon construction projects and renovations they may have put off during the country's busier tourist season. This includes hotels and restaurants. If the idea of rooming at a hotel that may be under construction is a turn off, simply confer with your hotel to determine if they will be making any renovations during the time you'd like to visit.
The island also holds some of its most exciting celebrations and festivals in the Caribbean. There are two Carnivals on the Dominican Republic - one in February and the other on August 15, which means there is one during each tourist season. These carnivals are a show of pride for the country's cultural heritage through parades, costumes, food, song, and dance.
During the high tourist season, fun events to consider attending are the Dominican Republic International Film Festival in December and Cabarete Alegra (a collection of several sporting competitions that include mountain biking, windsurfing, kite flying, and sandcastle building) in February. In the off season, the Santa Domingo Meringue Festival (during the last week of July and the first week of August) is popular. The world's top meringue bands perform during the event, which also showcases a parade.
You are sure to have an unforgettable experience whenever you visit the Dominican Republic, but the timing of your trip can affect the cost of your vacation and the kind of activities you will experience.
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