Punta cana: January Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||45 %|
|Rainfall days||7 days|
|Chance of Rain||23 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||5 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||46 %|
Averages for Punta cana in January
Punta Cana is located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The resort enjoys a tropical climate with high temperatures and loads of sunshine all-year-round. January falls at the start of the dry season in Punta Cana, making it one of the most popular times of the year to visit.
In January, the average temperature for the resort is 25°C, which remains constant throughout the month. Daily highs are also constant at 28°C, whilst daily lows also remain the same at 22°C as the month develops.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Punta Cana in January is 32°C, whilst the lowest temperature registered in the resort during this month is 13°C.
Since it falls at the start of the dry season, January sees very little rainfall when compared to October or November. At this time of year, the average rainfall for Punta Cana 85mm – that’s three inches. This rainfall is spread over an average of seven days, which means there is a small chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday.
If you do see some of the wet stuff in Punta Cana, it will most likely be light rain or moderate rain. You’re most likely to see precipitation around January 8th, when it occurs in 40% of days. On the other hand, rainfall is least likely to occur around January 28th, when it only falls on 32% of days.
During January, Punta Cana enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine each day, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore the resort, hit the beach and work on your tan. Over the course of the month, the length of the day is essentially constant, with a difference of only 16 minutes between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day in January is January 1st with 11 hours and two minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day is January 31st with 11 hours and 19 minutes of daylight.
The sky in Punta Cana is best described as being partly cloudy in January. During this month, the median cloud cover remains constant at 47-46%.
Over the course of an average January in Punta Cana, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s and 7 m/s – light to moderate breeze – almost never going above 10 m/s – fresh breeze. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) usually happens around January 7th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) tends to occur around January 31st, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s.
The relative humidity in January fluctuates between 66% (mildly humid) and 93% (very humid) over the course of the month, almost never falling below 60% or rising above 99%. The air is usually at its driest around January 28th, when relative humidity levels fall below 69% three days out of every four. January 15th is when the air is normally at its most humid, when relative humidity levels rise above 91% three days out of four.
The average sea temperature for Punta Cana at this time of year is 27°C. Even though everyone feels water temperature differently, almost everyone will agree that this temperature is perfect for all sorts of water activities, from paddling and swimming to snorkelling and diving.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Dates for the diary
January 6th marks Three Kings Day, a religious event which is celebrated every year. This popular festival is celebrated throughout the whole of the resort, with locals attending special church services. In Punta Cana, the day before, January 5th, is similar to Christmas Day in the UK, when family and friends exchange gifts.
January 21st sees the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Altagracia. This religious event is held in honour of Our Lady of Altagracia – the protector and patron saint of the Dominican Republic. During this festival, special masses are held in churches throughout the resort, followed by a lively parade with singing, dancing and many colourful parade floats. The city of Higuey is located around 45 minutes away from Punta Cana and is where you’ll find a superb carol concert held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Altagracia on this day.
On January 26th, Punta Cana celebrates Duarte Day. This public holiday celebrates Juan Duarte Day – the founding father of the Dominican Republic who helped the country achieve independence in 1844. On this day you can expect to special masses in churches throughout the island.
Things to do
Punta Cana is the ideal resort for water sports enthusiasts. A 39km coral reef protects most of the coast, making it a great place for scuba diving and snorkelling. On the other hand, the section of the coast which is not protected by the coral reef is perfect for surfing. The majority of all-inclusive hotels offer guests the use of kayaks, canoes, pedalos and sailing boats within the package, so be sure to check with your hotel before you hand over any cash to water sport companies.
There are many spectacular golf courses in Punta Cana, each offering a unique experience. La Cana Golf Course is one of the best and boasts challenging greens complemented by stunning ocean vistas. This 27-hole course is made up of three nines which were constructed between 2001 and 2012. In addition to the course, La Cana Golf also featuresa pro shop, clubhouse, grill, bar, beverage cart service, practise areas and caddies.
The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve is a great place to spend a day with the family in Punta Cana. The 1,500 acre reserve is made up of a maze of trails which lead to 12 lagoons that provide homes for local wildlife. There are loads of areas to explore here, including iguana houses, petting zoo, sugarcane exhibition and fruit tree garden. Self-guided tours are free for those staying at the Tortuga Bay and The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club and visitors staying elsewhere can pay to explore the park.
If you’re feeling lucky, head to one of the many casinos in Punta Cana. The Hard Rock Casino is one of the most popular in the resort and features over 450 slot machines and 40 different tables, offering everything from poker and blackjack to craps and roulette. This casino also boasts the largest sports book in the Dominican Republic which allows you to bet on all major sporting events whilst on holiday.
The Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve, Punta Cana.
Where to stay
Carabela Beach Resort & Casino is an all-inclusive hotel located on the white sandy beach of Punta Cana. Here you can choose between standard rooms, superior rooms and junior suites, guaranteeing something for all budgets. There are loads of activities and facilities available onsite, including tennis, aerobics, dance lessons, water sports, bars and restaurants.
The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real Resort is a top choice for families and couples looking for a luxury boutique hotel. This resort provides accommodation in the form of suites, some of which come with gardens and some of which are swim-up. Onsite amenities and services include: bars, restaurants, spa, WiFi access, boutiques, swimming pool and water sports.
The all-inclusive The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Punta Cana is another popular pick for tourists on holiday in Punta Cana. Here you can choose between one-bedroom, two-bedroom and family suites, providing something for all group sizes. There are loads of facilities to enjoy onsite, such as swimming pools, bars, restaurants, spa, sports activities, workshops and entertainment.
Luxurious accommodation choices, The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Punta Cana.