12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Punta Cana
— 2 nights
2
Bayahibe
— 1 night
3
Santo Domingo
— 1 night
4
Pedernales
— 1 night
5
Monte Cristi
— 1 night
6
Santa Barbara de Samana
— Few hours
7
Las Terrenas
— 1 night
8
Cabrera
— 1 night
9
Puerto Plata
— Few hours
10
Santiago de los Caballeros
— 2 nights

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Punta Cana

Punta Cana ©
In an area boasting beaches that face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, vacations in Punta Cana have been popular with tourists since the early 1970s.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hoyo Azul, Bavaro Beach, Dolphin Island, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): try to win big at Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Saona Island and then fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Island.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Punta Cana online trip maker.

Aldie, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Aldie in January, expect Punta Cana to be much hotter, temps between °F and °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Saona Island
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Hoyo Azul ©
Hoyo Azul
Saona Island ©
Saona Island

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Bayahibe

Bayahibe ©
Located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, the town of Bayahibe has grown from a fishing village into a bona fide tourist destination, with visitors mainly drawn to the many dive sites just off the coast.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Park of the East.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bayahibe day trip tool.

Drive from Punta Cana to Bayahibe in an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Nature Parks

Side Trip

National Park of the East
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National Park of the East ©
National Park of the East

1
night
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The 3 Eyes National Park, Kahkow Experience and Catedral Primada de America. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America, thenexperience rural life at Kahkow Experience, and then explore the striking landscape of The 3 Eyes National Park.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Bayahibe to Santo Domingo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pedernales.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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The 3 Eyes National Park ©
The 3 Eyes National Park
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America
Kahkow Experience ©
Kahkow Experience

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night
Pedernales

Pedernales ©
The Dominican city of Pedernales is the capital of the Pedernales Province, in the Dominican Republic. You've now added Bahia de las Aguilas to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia de las Aguilas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pedernales online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Pedernales takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. In January, daytime highs in Pedernales are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Monte Cristi.

Things to do in Pedernales

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Bahia de las Aguilas ©
Bahia de las Aguilas

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night
Monte Cristi

Monte Cristi ©
You've now added Cayo Arena to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): head off the coast to Cayo Arena.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Monte Cristi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Pedernales to Monte Cristi in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pedernales to Monte Cristi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Pedernales in January, you will find days in Monte Cristi are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santa Barbara de Samana.

Things to do in Monte Cristi

Beaches Outdoors Nature
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Cayo Arena ©
Cayo Arena

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hours
Santa Barbara de Samana

Santa Barbara de Samana ©
Playa El Valle has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Wed), stroll through Playa El Valle.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara de Samana trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Monte Cristi to Santa Barbara de Samana by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Monte Cristi to Santa Barbara de Samana is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Santa Barbara de Samana are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Santa Barbara de Samana

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Playa El Valle ©
Playa El Valle

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Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas ©
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Your list of things to see and do now includes Playa Coson Beach, Playa Bonita, Playa El Portillo, and other attractions. On the 14th (Thu), kick back and relax at Playa Moron, thengo for a stroll along the water at Playa El Portillo, thenkick back and relax at Playa Bonita, and finally stroll through Playa Coson Beach.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Las Terrenas trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Barbara de Samana to Las Terrenas in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Las Terrenas sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cabrera.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Playa El Portillo ©
Playa El Portillo
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Playa Coson Beach ©
Playa Coson Beach

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night
Cabrera

Cabrera
Cabrera is a town in María Trinidad Sánchez province, Dominican Republic. You've now added Playa Grande to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Grande.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Cabrera trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Terrenas to Cabrera takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Cabrera can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Cabrera

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata ©
Although out of fashion in the past decades, major revitalization efforts have made a trip to Puerto Plata a growingly popular option for the adventurous travelers.
You've now added 27 Charcos to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos.

Planning Puerto Plata trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cabrera to Puerto Plata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Santiago de los Caballeros.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Nature Parks
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos

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Santiago de los Caballeros

Santiago de los Caballeros ©
Founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus' brother, Santiago de los Caballeros was among the very first European settlements in the Americas, which explains its nickname: "First Santiago of the Americas." Today, the city represents one of the Western Hemisphere's major financial, cultural, and industrial centers.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Centro Leon as well as La Aurora Cigar Factory. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): make a trip to La Aurora Cigar Factory and then admire the masterpieces at Centro Leon.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Santiago de los Caballeros journey builder tool.

You can take a bus from Puerto Plata to Santiago de los Caballeros in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 17th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santiago de los Caballeros

Museums
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Centro Leon ©
Centro Leon

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