Dominican Republic - SEASONS & WEATHER

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Most of the reefs start to light up on the north and northeast swells that start in October and continue through April.  As winter “nor’easter” storms move off the northeast coast of the US, they immediately start sending swell southward, and continue to stay in the D.R. swell window for their entirety.  It is not uncommon to have week long periods of overhead north and northeast swell during this time of year.

Winds are normally light offshore in the mornings, eventually giving way to easterly trade winds in the afternoons.  Evening glass-off sessions can happen, as the ocean tends to clean up fast here.  With a few wind protected coves and bays, the afternoon session is not uncommon and often empty.

Because of the easterly trade winds, the ‘Amber coast’ still has plenty of surf from May to September.  Although rarely bigger than ‘head high’, there is always a wave that will make your day.   These months are perfect for surfers that just want fun small waves with no crowds.

There are many hurricanes to send epic summer time surf to the Dominican Republic.  Being relatively out of danger in this location, the passing hurricanes send swell, and suck out all the wind, providing whole weeks of glassy conditions and solid swell.  These storms occur usually between July and September.