8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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


Punta Cana

— 2 nights
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punta Cana: La Romana (Cornelio Cigars & Altos de Chavon) and Speed Boats Tours (in Bayahibe). The adventure continues: stroll through Bavaro Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Hoyo Azul, don't miss a visit to Jesus Maestro Parish, and try your luck at Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Punta Cana online itinerary planner.

London, UK to Punta Cana is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from London to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. In December, Punta Cana is warmer than London - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Santo Domingo

— 2 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
On the 16th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) and then don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium, then explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, and finally explore the ancient world of Monasterio de San Francisco.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo trip builder website.

Traveling by shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Puerto Plata

— 3 nights
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 18th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres and then admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos. Keep things going the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata and then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Plata day trip planning tool.

Getting from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Puerto Plata can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Dominican Republic travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Zipline
Sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, friendly Dominican Republic offers two distinct coastlines, one bathed by the Caribbean Sea and the other by the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly 1,600 km (1,000 mi) of palm-shaded beaches figure highly on most Dominican Republic itineraries, allowing visitors to design their vacation around a range of water-based activities. The sun-kissed country benefits from pleasant temperatures throughout the year, so it's no surprise that holidays in Dominican Republic remain a popular choice for visitors from distant and colder corners of the world. A big producer of coffee, cocoa, rum, sugarcane, and tobacco, the country provides a vibrant cultural experience in multicultural cities and quaint countryside.