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Weather and climate

Temperature: Temperatures peak around 30°C from about May to November, cooling off slightly to about 28°C by January and February, which means there's very little difference throughout the year. At night, it doesn't normally fall below the mid-20s (°C) in summer, and even in January it's unlikely to go below 20°C.

Best time to visit: Spring and autumn for more comfortable beach weather.  

Punta Cana's climate is typically tropical and just what you'd expect for a Caribbean resort. The area enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year and is consistently very warm or hot, with no cold spells. The period from December to March is a little more comfortable for sightseeing, while October and November are wetter and more humid.

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Punta Cana is best for:

Golfers: You can find over a dozen 18-hole golf courses in the region’s incredible gold and green scenery.

Celebrity spotters: Punta Cana fans include Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie, so keep your eyes peeled.

Clubbers: Parties on the beach, on boats, in clubs or on rooftops; it’s one of the coolest party destinations in the Caribbean.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is Spanish. However, because of its popularity with international tourists, English is widely spoken here, especially in hotels and restaurants. Still, if you're interested in impressing the locals with a bit of Spanish, buy a phrasebook or download our language app for your holiday.

Currency: The currency used in Punta Cana is the Dominican Peso.

Local time: Punta Cana is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Punta Cana International Airport. Transfers to the resort of Punta Cana take 30–40 minutes.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Punta Cana is 9 hours.

Tourist information: You can find further tourist information by clicking here.

Visa and health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holidays.

Holiday destinations related to Punta Cana:

  • Bavaro
  • Getting around

    By bus: If you’re planning to visit local resorts during your holiday to Punta Cana, the Bavaro Express bus is a handy way of getting between them at an affordable price. The service runs regularly between neighbouring resorts and provides a shuttle to the beach.

    By hire car: The best way to get around on your own terms is hiring a car. The Dominican Republic’s international airports all have numerous car hire companies where you can arrange a rental.

    On foot: The beaches and hotels should be a comfortable walking distance, so if you don’t have to go far make the most of the weather and take a stroll.

    By taxi: Taxis can be useful for one-off trips on your holiday, especially when you're travelling with heavy luggage to or from the airport. Just remember to always check the fare before you get in.

    Events

    For foodies: Late June sees the Food and Wine Festival come to town, when foodies can enjoy two full days of tasting samples and watch cooking demos from the pros. 

    Beach party: One of the highlights of the annual calendar is the Punta Cana Tango Festival in January, where you'll enjoy four fun-packed days of live music, dancing, and amazing food on the beach.

    Carnival: Punta Cana is one of the best places around to experience this world-class event. Carnival comes to town in February and stays for a week of parades, performances and wild costumes.