18 days in Dominican Republic & Cuba Itinerary

18 days in Dominican Republic & Cuba Itinerary

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18 days in Dominican Republic & Cuba Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  17​h
1
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  2​h
2
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Havana, Cuba
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Varadero, Cuba
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

5
nights
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: La Romana (Teeth Of The Dog & Altos de Chavon) and Bayahibe (Conquista Park & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stop by HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers, and step off the mainland to explore Saona Island.

To find out how to plan a trip to Punta Cana, use our trip itinerary maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Punta Cana is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Dubai to Punta Cana, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, Punta Cana is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

La Romana, Bayahibe
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Saona Island ©
Saona Island
Swim with Dolphins

3
nights
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Santo Domingo is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Colonial, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, and delve into the distant past at Monasterio de San Francisco.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santo Domingo route planner .

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Los Tres Ojos
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National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America

2
nights
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe, look for gifts at Estrella Avenida, then take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Macorix House of Rum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres, and then take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Havana.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Fortaleza San Felipe ©
Fortaleza San Felipe

5
nights
Havana, Cuba

Cuba's capital and major commercial center, Havana manages to be very old and very modern at the same time.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Malecón of Havana, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Havana, and contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Havana trip planner .

You can fly from Puerto Plata to Havana in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Puerto Plata to Havana is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Puerto Plata in December, plan for little chillier nights in Havana, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Varadero.

Things to do in Havana

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Playa Paraiso
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Walking tours
Malecón of Havana ©
Malecón of Havana
Old Havana ©
Old Havana

1
night
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero ©
One of the largest resort towns in the Caribbean, Varadero boasts a 20 km (12 mi) long stretch of sand, lined with hotels and all-inclusive resorts.
On the 21st (Sat), walk around Josone Park and then kick back and relax at Varadero Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Varadero visit planning app .

Drive from Havana to Varadero in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varadero

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Varadero Beach ©
Varadero Beach
Josone Park ©
Josone Park

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