Sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the Dominican Republic is not your typical Caribbean destination. While it does have the idyllic beaches and aquamarine waters the archipelago is famous for, it also has unique geographical and cultural features that set it apart. From its vibrant, rhythmic merengue music and warm, party-loving people, to its lonely desert lowlands and ancient Taino rock art, it certainly keeps travellers on its toes with its diverse offerings. There’s so much to do, see and explore here: sunbathing on exquisite beaches; snorkelling, scuba diving and whale-watching along the coast; experiencing the island’s fauna and flora on ecotourism tours; dancing the night away at clubs in the many cosmopolitan cities; enjoying fabulous local cuisine; and playing golf on world-class courses.
The Dominican Republic is hot and tropical, with little seasonal variation in temperatures, which average about 77°F (25°C). Seasons can, however, be determined by rainfall, with October to April being the rainy season on the north coast, while May to November is the wettest month in the south of the country. The driest area is the west. Cooler temperatures and less humidity are generally experienced between November and April, while the mountainous interior is always cooler than the rest of the country.
Hurricanes occur on average once every two years on the island, most striking the south of the country and most happening in August and September. The busiest time of year to visit the Dominican Republic is between December and April when North Americans take a tropical break from their winters, and from June to September, which coincides with European summer holidays.