Averages for Puerto Plata in December

WEATHER

December marks the wettest and one of the coolest times of the year for Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. However, it can still be an ideal time to visit with lower hotel rates, fewer vacationers and several sunny days mixed in.

The average amount of rain in the month tops out at an impressive 246mm. This rainfall is typically spread over a period of 11 days allowing visitors more than enough sunny days to explore the region. When planning a ...

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Averages for Puerto Plata in December

  Temperature 23°C

73°F

Low Temperature 18°C

64°F

  High Temperature 28°C

82°F

  Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 50 %
  Rainfall 246mm
  Rainfall days 11 days
  Chance of Rain 33 %
  Sea Temperature 27°C

81°F

Averages for Puerto Plata in December

WEATHER

December marks the wettest and one of the coolest times of the year for Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. However, it can still be an ideal time to visit with lower hotel rates, fewer vacationers and several sunny days mixed in.

The average amount of rain in the month tops out at an impressive 246mm. This rainfall is typically spread over a period of 11 days allowing visitors more than enough sunny days to explore the region. When planning a vacation, be sure to check the long range forecast to make sure that all the correct rain gear, sunscreen and other items get packed. In fact, the region will still see an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day and with the rain coming on less than half the days of the month, there is time to explore the great outdoors and spend time by the ocean or the pool.  The overall chance of seeing a sunny day remains a respectable 34 percent.

Sea surface temperatures cool just slightly despite the time of the year and are still plenty warm to enjoy being in the ocean. The average temperature of the water this time of the year is still 27°C (81°F).

Both daytime and nighttime temperatures begin to cool off during this time of the year as land is much quicker to cool off than the surrounding waters. However, due to the moderating effect of the ocean, there is no drastic cool down once the sun sets. The average afternoon high will reach 28°C (82°F) during the mid to later afternoon hours. This is still plenty warm enough for shorts and flip flops, but a jacket is needed at night as average overnight lows fall to 18°C (64°F). Overall, the daily temperature of the region is a very mild 23°C (73°F).

WHERE TO STAY

The Golden Sand Golf and Beach Resort is an ideal choice for both families and couples looking to take a vacation and get away for a while. The resort is both small enough feel cozy and large enough to offer all the amenities that guests expect. Located just ten minutes from the airport, there are 204 rooms divided into 120 Junior Suites 36 superior and 48 standard garden view rooms. The hotel is next to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and just minutes away from beaches, restaurants and nightlife.

Visitors looking for a great getaway at a great price can accomplish both by looking into Hotel Magnifico. Located on Caraberte Bay, this hotel is the perfect spot for guests who would like to try their hands at numerous water sports such as windsurfing or kite surfing. The entire complex is beachfront and contains a garden. For those looking for a December getaway, the Hotel Magnifico is a great choice.

For students and other young individuals, the Hostel Laguna Park is a great way to save some money and still have a wonderful experience. The hostel is located in a central location in Cabarete and contains a spacious living area that contains a sofa, flat screen TV, billiards and free Wi-Fi. There is also a communal kitchen along with a tropical garden, swimming pool, sun beds and more. Guests can take advantage of wind surf and kite surf packages and also enjoy private rooms.

WHAT TO DO

With average afternoon highs in December still around 28°C (82°F), there is still plenty of opportunity for visitors to get outside and enjoy the weather. One of the best ways to do that is with shopping. Puerto Plata is teaming with a wide variety of shops that sell everything from amber, pottery, jewelry, sweets, sculptures and artwork. There is definitely something for everyone to find as a souvenir, just in time for Christmas!

BEACHES

Despite the late time of the year, water temperatures are still averaging 27°C (81°F). With temperatures like that, it is still plenty warm for visitors to enjoy the region’s numerous beaches and catch some rays as well as some surf. No wet suits are needed and visitors can take advantage of the many water sports that are offered including scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, kite surfing and more.

RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE

Visitors looking for true Italian food while in the Caribbean should look at Las Palmas Italian Restaurant. Always a top choice and highly rated, guest can enjoy delicious food from a restaurant in a good location. Additionally, there is outdoor dining that guests can enjoy to complete the experience.

For those who are looking for a nightcap, the Vena Beach Bar is a great place to wind down the day. Good service, good drinks and a fun atmosphere make this bar a great place to visit late in the day. 

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