Santo Domingo has a tropical monsoon climate. This means visitors will experience similar temperatures throughout the year, with highs around 29 to 31 degrees Celsius and tropical storms during some months. With most activities and sites of interest open to visitors the whole year round, there will always be plenty to see and do in this unique and vibrant city whenever you choose to visit.
The most popular time to book a flight to Santo Domingo is from April through July when the weather is at its best, with temperatures usually between 21 and 29 degrees Celsius.
The off season runs from August through October, as an increase in rainfall and the possibility of hurricanes discourages most travellers. Although you may be able to find cheap flights to Santo Domingo and discounted hotel rates during this time, do bear in mind that exploring the city on foot and doing outdoor activities may not be the most enjoyable.
November through March is a great time to visit. Average high temperatures are in the high 20s and lows are in the high teens, which make for a pleasant temperature for strolling around the city. Holidaymakers will find these months quieter than the peak season although there may be a slight increase of visitors around March for Spring Break.
Brimming with medieval architecture and breathtaking scenery, the city inspires countless tourists each year to take flights to Santo Domingo and experience the world famous destination for themselves. As the capital of the Dominican Republic, the city is constantly abuzz with activities, exhibitions, concerts and shopping. Known to locals as the Ciudad Colonial (or ‘Colonial City’), this historic part of Santo Domingo is rich in landmarks making it the primary tourist attraction. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, the Colonial City is home to major sites such as the Alcázar de Colón, Fortaleza Ozama and Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor. Stop and marvel at these impressive examples of medieval architecture before moving on to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in one of the many bustling cafes or restaurants located in this district. With a collection of parks and squares perfect for relaxing in, as well as live entertainment from street musicians in the evenings, the Colonial Quarter is a must-see for any visitor to the city. Visitors are also recommended to explore the Plaza de la Cultura which plays host to a collection of the city’s museums and cultural venues including the National Theatre and National Palace. After a day of sightseeing why not sample some delicious local cuisine. Specialities include Empanada (bread stuffed with vegetables, meat or cheese) and Sanchocho (a traditional stew of meat and vegetables).
Once in Santo Domingo you may wish to venture to sites of interest not reachable on foot. If so, you can either opt for a taxi or public transport in the form of buses or local guaguas. The latter are both inexpensive options to get around Santo Domingo and don’t be afraid to ask for tips or directions if you’re unsure of the route you should take.
Travellers who take a flight to Santo Domingo will arrive at Las Americas International Airport (SDQ), which is located around 22 miles (35 km) from Santo Domingo. Unlike other tourist areas, the public transportation of Santo Domingo is not the easiest for travellers to navigate. If you have no knowledge of the area and don’t speak Spanish then you may be best served by taking a taxi to your destination – although it is important to agree on a price for your journey before setting off. Do a little research before your trip to find out about typical fares and recommended taxi companies to ensure you get the most for your money.