What you need to know about the rest of the Caribbean, not to miss the whale season and not get into hurricane season
What date to choose to rest – the question is not the easiest. Yes, we are dependent on the authorities, which we let go at any time, and from many circumstances. But if there is room for manoeuvre, it is better to equip yourself with knowledge on climate, tourism and other seasonal features. If you have already decided in the space and chose the resort in the Dominican Republic, it’s time to decide and time travelers. Especially for you we have studied the issue: I talked with old residents of the market – operators in this direction, the host companies in the Dominican Republic, tour guides compatriots who have been living in this country and serve the guests. Revered fresh reviews and went to the authoritative Russian and foreign sites.
The season for beach holidays
Swimming and sunbathing on the beach in the Dominican Republic all year round. The tourist season always. This is important. Of course, there are nuances. The probability of rainfall is high from June to October, dry and Sunny from December to may. But even in the rainy season is long, lingering tropical downpours are rare. The rains are short, no more than an hour, usually in the evening, night or morning. Of course, in the dry season, the rains are too, in recent years the weather is often unpredictable, and not only in the subtropics. The average annual temperature is 25 to 32 °C sea water 26-29 °C. the Weather by months clearly presented in the table:
Weather in the Dominican Republic by months
|Average daily t (°C)||29||30||30||31||31||31||32||32||32||32||31||30|
|Night average t (°C)||19||19||20||21||22||22||23||23||22||22||21||20|
|Number of hours of sunshine (daily)||8||8||8||8||8||8||8||8||8||7||7||7|
|Monthly number of precipitation (mm)||60||52||61||83||205||173||178||180||195||179||109||71|
|Sea water t (°C)||27||26||26||27||27||28||28||29||29||29||28||27|
Current weather forecast up to 14 days in the cities and resorts of the Dominican Republic can be found on the official website of Oficina Nacional de Meteorología.
The velvet season is in November. The rains are over, set a comfortable temperature of air and seawater at 28 °C and the sea at this time is clean and quiet. Comfortable starts the beach season.
The cost of accommodation in hotels during the year is different, and it is determined most important for the country market – the us. Low season coincides with the summer rainy period, and the “high” season is dry and Sunny winter. Peak of the hotels (and higher prices) have on traditional American holidays such as Columbus Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, national freedom day, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day etc., student holidays, Christmas and New year.
This natural phenomenon also has to take into account when selecting the dates of stay. According to the site dr1.com officially the annual hurricane season in the Dominican Republic begins on 1 June and lasts until November 30. The results of many years observations of meteorologists, in this period in the Atlantic happens from 10 to 16 so-called “tropical depressions”, half of which qualify to the state hurricane with wind speeds up to 200 km/h. That is, in an average year the country falls from five to eight hurricanes of varying strength. The last powerful hurricane “George” was in 1998. Like he was in the Caribbean since 1780. Dominicans to them long ago got used and perceive them as a natural phenomenon – an unpleasant, but not fatal. All the hotels in the resorts we have dedicated teams that have relevant experience and qualifications to fight against the elements. Tourists get a special memo, which describes the procedure in case of hurricane and security measures.
Flora and fauna
About algae. Many tourists discuss in their reviews and social networks the purity of the Dominican beaches, namely the presence or absence of algae. Many even argue about the season of algae. Indeed, in coastal waters algae grows everywhere. Throw them on shore waves, which are formed as a result of strong winds during tropical storms and hurricanes in summer and autumn. But even in winter, in the dry season, fewer algae washes ashore. The amount of algae in a particular part of the coastline also depends on the local underwater currents, water temperature (affects the rate of plant growth) and the presence of coral reefs, which serve as a natural barrier for plants. Many tourists vacationing this year in Bavaro, noted in their reviews, the virtual absence of algae and the purity of the local beaches. Good hotels value their reputation and regularly clean the beaches. If the presence of algae on the beach is critical for you, carefully study the website of the chosen hotel (the”right” hotels have several web cameras on the property including the beach), read reviews hotel guests. On the other hand, algae grows only in clean water, treat their abundance as natural Thalasso procedure.
About the fruit. Familiar to many tourists indicator of the level of the hotel is buffet style a big selection of seasonal fruit and fresh juices. Season fruits in the Dominican Republic always. Often in hotels you can meet: pineapples, bananas, passion fruit, oranges, tangerines, apples, pears, watermelons, melons, grapes, strawberries, sweet lemons, grapefruits, kiwi, papaya, carambola, Soursop, Granadilla, Nispero, Mamon. The presence of mango and avocado depends on the time of year. Mango season – or rather the harvest from may to October. Then mango on the table is replaced by avocado. Some perishable fruits “not reach” to the hotels, but you can buy them, for example, in the fruit market during a visit to Santo Domingo.
About the inhabitants of the sea. The resort of Bavaro in Punta Cana, there are three large Dolphinarium, where dolphins live in their natural environment. They can swim and watch a show. In the protected coastal waters of the Samana Peninsula can be seen from the shores of mating humpback whales. The whale season is from 15 January to 15 March. And the famous fishing for blue Marlin is available almost all year round, and the probability of a successful catch are particularly high in August and September. The best places for deep sea fishing – Boca Chica on the Caribbean coast and Atlantic waters to the North of the country.
Enjoy water sports in the Dominican Republic all year round. The season of surfing is not limited to some period, strong wind and “long wave” traditionally attracts fans of extreme sports in the first place on the Atlantic coast of the island. But divers are important to the transparency of water, which is established in the absence of rain and wind. By the way, the Dominican Republic ranks second in the world in the possibilities of cave diving after Mexican cenotes. In the underwater caves of Padre Nuestro, you can watch the unique optical phenomenon of the halocline would that occur on the border of fresh and salt water.
So, you have only to choose your holiday season. And remember that “best is the enemy of good.” Many think harmful, it’s time to decide when to rest.