Winter in the Dominican Republic

Winter in the Dominican Republic is filled with life. While you may be bundled up where you live, visiting the DR during the winter and early spring will bring warm weather, exciting carnivals, serious whale watching, and humanitarian visits. You won’t need to worry about snow when traveling to this tropical climate, as it’s roughly 80 degrees year-round.

Here are things to expect in a Dominican Republic winter:

Winter Festivals

The Dominican Carnival (Carnaval Dominicano) is one of the best events during the winter season in the DR. Taking place in the month of February, each Sunday is filled with intricate costumes and masks that symbolize local customs and legends. And the food! Local vendors line the streets selling traditional meals. The Dominican Carnival is held in the capital city of Santo Domingo.

Whale Watching

Where do whales go in the winter? They head for warmer water! Humpback whales are seen in the thousands during the winter in the DR. Until the end of March, one of the best places to visit during whale watching season is Samaná, as 1,500-2,000 humpback whales are seen off the coast migrating. This is when whale watching is at its peak, and the whales will delight onlookers in boats with enormous washes.

Before You Leave

One of the best ways to understand the culture of the DR is by visiting the Advocates of Love Children’s Home and Hope House in Samaná. Advocates of Love Children’s Home is the only children’s home and ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children in the Province of Samaná. This ministry helps with nutrition, health care, education, clothing, extracurricular activities, and more. You will see students prepare for school and understand the local needs and customs of the area.

Ready to plan your trip? Consider a mission trip with Advocates of Love!


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Melissa Schol

Melissa is originally from Ocala, FL and after moving around Florida, Georgia & North Carolina, she has settled back in Ocala. Melissa went to the College of Central Florida and has pursued a life of service in various administrative, customer service and marketing roles. She has now settled into her dream role as the Communications Director for Advocates of Love.

Melissa was on the state board of the Florida Foster and Adoptive Parent Association while serving 4 years as a foster and then adoptive mom. She has two adopted daughters, Kenzi and Shyne, who keep her busy. Melissa also serves in her local church. 

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