8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Punta Cana
— 3 nights
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Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
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Puerto Plata
— 2 nights

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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.
Take a break from Punta Cana with a short trip to Altos de Chavon in La Romana, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, contemplate the waterfront views at Hoyo Azul, and kick back and relax at Macao Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta Cana road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 4 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: high temperatures in Punta Cana hover around 89°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Altos de Chavon
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Zipline
Swim with Dolphins
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium, then explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, and finally contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santo Domingo journey planner.

Take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Parks
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National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): try out the rides at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Dominican Amber Museum, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, and then explore the galleries of Joyeria Las Americas.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Puerto Plata road trip planner.

Getting from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Parks
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Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata ©
Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata
Fortaleza San Felipe ©
Fortaleza San Felipe
Dominican Amber Museum ©
Dominican Amber Museum

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