What's the weather like in Punta Cana in September
Punta Cana is a holiday resort situated on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Popular with families and couples alike, this resort features a tropical climate with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the year. September falls within the wet and hurricane seasons in Punta Cana, which means that there is a fair chance you'll experience a lot of rainfall and powerful winds during your holiday.
During this month, the average temperature for Punta Cana very gradually falls as the month progresses, dropping from 28°C on September 1st down to 27.5°C by September 30th. Daily lows follow a similar pattern, falling from 25°C down to 24°C, whilst daily highs stay constant at 31°C. All-in-all, the weather in Punta Cana in September is very similar to that in August.
In recent times, the highest temperature ever registered in Punta Cana in September is 39°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded in the resort during this month is 18°C.
Since it falls within the wet season in the resort, September sees a fair amount of rainfall when compared to April and May. At this time of the year, the average rainfall for Punta Cana is 128mm that's five inches. This precipitation is spread out between an average of five rainy days, which means there's only a small chance you'll see any rainfall at all. On the other hand, if you do experience some of the wet stuff during your holiday, it will most likely be very heavy and over with quickly.
The most common type of precipitation you can expect to experience if you visit Punta Cana in September is thunderstorms. Precipitation is most likely to make an appearance around September 30th when it occurs in 65% of days. On the other hand, you're least likely to be affect by rainfall around September 3rd, when it only falls on 58% of days.
Despite the high amount of rainfall, Punta Cana enjoys around nine hours of sunshine every day during September that's one hour less each day than in August. With so much sunshine to take advantage of each day, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get to know the resort and soak up some rays at the beach.
Average Sunshine Hours
Throughout the month, the length of the day in Punta Cana is gradually decreasing, with a difference of 31 minutes between the beginning and the end of September. The shortest day of the month is September 30th with 11 hours and 58 minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is September 1st with 12 hours and 29 minutes of daylight.
In September, the sky in Punta Cana is best described as being partly cloudy, with a median cloud coverage of 54%. This median starts off 53% on September 1st, rising up to 55% by September 14th, before falling down to 52% by September 30th.
Over the course of a typical September in Punta Cana, average wind speeds tend to vary between 0 m/s and 6 m/s (calm to moderate breeze), almost never rising above 20 m/s (gale). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) usually happens around September 1st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze). On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) tends to happen around September 11th, when the average daily maximum 6 m/s.
September falls within the hurricane season in Punta Cana and although the last major hurricane to hit the Dominican Republic occurred in 1998, there is a constant risk of one every day between June and November. On the bright side, hurricanes are generally quite predictable and you'll normally be given around three days' notice so you can rearrange your holiday plans or take precautions if necessary.
The relative humidity for Punta Cana in September fluctuates between 65% (mildly humid) and 95% (very humid), almost never falling below 56% or reaching 100%. The air is usually at its driest around September 25th, when the relative humidity levels fall below 69% three days out of every four. On the other hand, September 28th is when the air is at its most humid, when the relative humidity levels rise above 91% three days out of every four.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for Punta Cana in September is 29°C that's the same as in August. Almost all visitors to the resort will agree that this is the perfect temperature for swimming, which is why you'll see so many people on the beaches at this time of year.
Punta Cana Hotels in September
Ocean Blue & Sand
Families looking for an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana should check out the Ocean Blue & Sand. This hotel provides accommodation in the form of various suites, some of which come with views. There are plenty of services and amenities to enjoy onsite, including swimming pools, bars, restaurants, water sports, fitness centre and entertainment.
Hotel Riu Palace Macao
Hotel Riu Palace Macao is another great choice when it comes to accommodation in Punta Cana. Here you'll find a variety of standard rooms, suites and deluxe suites, guaranteeing something for all budgets. Onsite facilities and services include bars, restaurants, sporting activities, swimming pools, casino, shops and free WiFi access.
Catalonia Royal Bavaro
Couples looking for somewhere to enjoy a romantic holiday should consider staying at Catalonia Royal Bavaro. This adults-only hotel is made up of several luxury suites, some of which include a swimming pool. There is a wealth of facilities and services available onsite, including swimming pools, restaurants, bars, free internet access, spa and water sports.
Punta Cana Beach for September
Macao Beach is considered one of the most attractive beaches in Punta Cana thanks to the impressive, white sands and and crystal clear waters. As well as an ideal place to relax and unwind with some gentle swimming, this beach also caters for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Quad bikes and buggies can be hired out locally and driven along certain parts of this beach, a fabulous way to explore more of this beautiful island.
Another winning benefit of this beach is that it is the only one not surrounded by hotels, which gives Macao a secluded and unspoiled charm; for ultimate relaxation.
Restaurants and Bars
Passion by Martin Berasategui, is a fine dining, Michel star masterpiece for those willing to splash out on exceptional food. Dazzling reviews compliment this restaurant for its excellent service and super attention to detail with each individual dish; as well as the entire dining experience. The tasting menu is a fantastic choice, with a wine to pair each dish, focusing on the balance between texture and flavour. The truffle ravioli here is sublime and well worth ordering, as is the tenderloin steak which is prepared and cooked to sheer perfection.
For a more casual and less expensive dining option, head to Wacamole in Bavaro. This funky little eaterie serves up incredible Mexican and Caribbean dishes including their zingy and creamy guacamole, made from perfectly ripe and flavourful local avocados. Firm favourites such as burritos, tacos and tostadas are all served here, using quality ingredients such as mango, fresh fish and chilli.
The beach area at Jellyfish is ideal for those wanting to sip refreshingly fruity cocktails and lounge on the gorgeous palapas beds, surrounded by white sands, palm trees and impressive sea views. Jellyfish offers a wonderful selection of beers, wines and cocktails, such as the popular passion fruit caipirinha. At night time, the beach area is illuminated with ambient, and romantic lighting.
Things to do in Punta Cana in September
The beaches in Punta Cana are some of the very best in the world and one of the best ways to get to know them is on horseback. Whether you've never been riding before or you're an expert, the instructors at Rancho Caribeno have the perfect horse to suit you. The cost of the excursion includes round trip transportation, guides, water and equipment.
Experience Punta Cana from a completely new perspective on a helicopter tour. On this once-in-a-lifetime trip, you'll get to soar above the resort and see the stunning beaches and tropical vegetation in all their glory on what is sure to be one of the most memorable parts of your trip. There are various itineraries available, ranging from short ten minute rides to larger 40 minute rides, guaranteeing something for everyone.
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve
During your holiday in Punta Cana, try and make the time to visit Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. Here you'll find a series of trails which wind through the tropical forest and lead to 12 lagoons which are the homes of several species of birds, reptiles and insects. 5 of these lagoons are suitable for guests to swim in. Some of the park's highlights include the petting zoo, the iguana habitat, the fruit tree garden and the sugarcane exhibition. Take a segway tour to explore more of the park and reserve.
The Paradisus Punta Cana Casino Resort
If you're feeling lucky, why not head to one of the many casinos in Punta Cana after dinner? The Paradisus Punta Cana Casino Resort offers poker, blackjack and slot machines, as well as nightly entertainment. Even if you don't fancy gambling yourself, the casino is a great place to grab a drink and people watch.
Dates for the Diary
Throughout the whole of September, the Monday Night Football Tailgate Parties take place at the Breathless Resort. This provides American football lovers with the ideal place to chill out and watch the game. Each match is displayed on a huge screen, accompanied by loads of food and drinks to enjoy.
Occidental Grand Punta Cana Resort Hosts F-I-T Now Events
During September, the Occidental Grand Punta Cana Resort hosts the F-I-T Now Events. These energetic events are part of a wellness retreat created by the Pruitts a dance and fitness instructor couple. Together, the couple teach healthy lifestyle techniques and use spiritual tools to help those taking part live a healthier and happier life.
Our Lady of Mercedes Day
On September 24th, Punta Cana celebrates the Our Lady of Mercedes Day. This religious event is held in honour of the Virgin Mary who was declared the saint of Dominican Republic in 1944. On this day, almost all churches throughout the resort hold special services.