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Dominican Republic: A unique and endless destination throughout the world.

Climate and Sun

Climate and Sun


The average annual temperature fluctuates between 18 ºC / 65 ºF and 27 ºC / 81 ºF.

The fertile Dominican soil is ideal for the cultivation of grain. According to the W. Koppen Climate Classification System, the predominant climate is tropical savanna climate with two rainy seasons and its three variations of jungle, forest and savanna, with five variations or microclimates, classified as: humid, dry steppe, tropical jungle, forest and savanna. Thus, for Dominicans there is only one season: summer.

The country's pleasant climate may be understood in terms of its geographical location. The prevailing determinant of precipitation and vegetation is the northwest trade winds. Variations from the general weather and vegetational patterns are conditioned by such factors as elevation and proximity to ocean currents.

In the Central Mountain Rage, the Pico Duarte soars to a height of, as per Professor Kenneth Orvis, 3.098 meters (10.164 feet) above sea level, making it the highest peak in all of the Antilles. Another interesting feature of the island's relief is in the province of Barahona: the Lake Enriquillo. From the lake's surface, at 30m below sea level, emerges Cabritos Island, where according to Dr. Sophie Jackowska "there exists the largest reserve of the American crocodile".

Dermatologists advise against sunbathing between 11:00 am. and 2:00 pm. Instead, they suggest gradual exposure and always using sunscreen and other protective items such as hats and sunglasses. Moisturizing the skin daily enhances and prolongs a tan.