Friday, September 5, 2008

Dominican Republic's North Coast and Hurricanes

Vacation just about any place else in the Caribbean during hurricane season (Jun - Oct) and you are taking a risk. Not so on the Dominican's beautiful northern coastline. Hurricanes and the Dominican Republic, particularly the north coast, hardly ever come together.

From the dawn of time hurricanes have hurtled off Africa and South America into the Caribbean. If you go to the NOAA website, you can see how very few hurricanes have ever even come close to the north coast, much less hit it. The depths of the Puerto Rico Trench shove any incoming hurricanes to the north and those from the south are battered by the soaring mountains of the Dominican Republic (highest in the entire Caribbean).

1 comment:

FGR said...

Yeah! Thank God for PICO DUARTE!
Also, here is some other great info that remarks on your comment about the north coast and how hurricanes hardly ever come together...
... As with all Caribbean islands, the Dominican Republic is geographically situated in an area that can experience hurricanes. The hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th in this area of the Atlantic and Caribbean. Historically the south coast of the island has experienced more hurricane activity over the years than the north coast. Hurricane George (Category 3) in September 1998 was the last major storm to do devastation to the south and east of the island, as did Hurricane David (Category 5) in August 1979. Hurricane Jeanne (Category 1) in September 2004, did some minor damage to the north coast but in the history of the "cane", the north of the island maintains a relatively hurricane free climate.

In summary, the Dominican Republic enjoys typically warm Caribbean temperatures year round, and is a fascinating and incredibly beautiful island. The geological diversity adds to its colourful flavour and gives a myriad of options to cater to any taste of travellers from all over the world, who chose the Dominican Republic as their destination.