A top of the highest mountain in the Caribbean, Pico Duarte, in
the center of the island the temperature has been known to fall
below freezing at night during the wintertime. This area is known
as the "Dominican Alps" and is quite popular with hikers and rafting
Brief tropical downpours occur during the summer season from May
to August but usually turn out to be no more than a quick 30 minute
cloud burst - just enough time to dash into a thatched roof beach
bar for a tropical cocktail. The average total annual rainfall measures
55 inches or 140 centimeters. There is no real "rainy season."
Water temperatures along the island's 860 miles of coastline average
84f/29c in the summer and 77f/25c in the winter. Water sports are
enjoyed year round.