The Punta Cana weather forecast usually calls for warm and beautiful days, but there are times when it is not so beautiful.
This resort enclave in the Dominican Republic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean. In fact, the country is known for its all-inclusive resorts and beautiful beaches.
Because of the resorts and beaches, visitors often stay on property for the entire vacation and take advantage of Punta Cana's typical Caribbean weather.
The average monthly high temperature is less than 85 degrees Fahrenheit and average low is less than 74 degrees, the World Meteorological Organization says.
On a day-to-day basis, however, the actual temperature can vary widely.
Temperatures stay in a narrow range throughout the year with an average high of 87 degrees in August and September compared to an average high of 82 degrees in January and December.
Water temperatures remain warm and comfortable as a result.
Temperatures that stay above 80 degrees during the day year round make Punta Cana an attractive Caribbean destination even during the winter.
Rainfall in Punta Cana is normal for most places in the Caribbean. The monthly average is 3.6 inches, while typically it rains about 9.5 days during month.
Rainfall jumps to nearly five inches in May, which is the month with the second most rain during the year.
October sees the heaviest average rainfall with six inches total. June, August, September and November also have higher than average amounts of rain.
February and March have the least rain, averaging about 2 inches each. It rains less than seven days a month, another low point for the year, in February through April, which makes the spring time a good time to go.
Best Months to Go
March and July are the most popular months for tourists to visit.
September and October are the most unpopular months because they are the peak months for the Caribbean hurricane season.
Rainfall and temperatures make March, April and July ideal months to visit Punta Cana.
Rainfall also makes October, followed by May and November as the worst months to visit. September is not far behind.
However, prices for resorts tend to decline in the fall because of the bad weather.
Anyone looking for good prices and willing to take a chance might consider going during those months. In that case, travel insurance would be worth considering.