The Dominican Republic’s Hurricane Situation

“Miss Peddicord, I am new to your newsletter. Like many, I am in the early stages of exploring the possibility of retiring overseas. Yours is the best I’ve encountered. In fact, I think yours is the best of all the sites I’ve visited. But you must already know that to be true.

“The recent rundown on the Dominican Republic has my attention; however, you have yet to mention the climate or address the Atlantic hurricane season. Odd, given your publications usually include every aspect of a particular location.

“I admire you and the work and life you’ve led and are living. You, Miss Peddicord, are the absolute best at what you do. I continue to read and learn. Perhaps with your guidance I will muster the guts to make the leap. Thank you for sharing your work and life experience with your readers. All the best to you and yours.”

–Thomas M., United States

First, thank you for your kind words. They are very much appreciated.

Second, the climate in the Dominican Republic. It’s typically tropical—hot and humid year-round. During my visit this month, I found it more comfortable than Panama City; however, the climate in Panama City can be as uncomfortable as climates get, so saying the climate in the DR is better may not be saying much.

And… hurricanes. Yes, the DR gets them and tropical storms, too. The season is June through November. Las Terrenas, where we’ve focused our attention, is a bit more protected than the rest of the country, thanks to its north coast situation. In the past 80 years or so, the DR has experienced 11 hurricanes; however, this part of the country has been hit by only 2 in the last 100 years. Still, they’re ever possible, as they are for most all Caribbean destinations.

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