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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the activities along Hoyo Azul, pause for some serene contemplation at Parroquia de San Dionisio, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bavaro Beach, and then try to win big at Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Punta Cana journey planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 4 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Punta Cana, with highs around 85°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) and then make a trip to Zona Colonial. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Monasterio de San Francisco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, then step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium.

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Take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) 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 12th (Sat): look for gifts at Estrella Avenida, then take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, and then take a stroll around The Meeting Place.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata trip planner.

Getting from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Puerto Plata sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for 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.