8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic journey maker

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Fly
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Punta Cana
— 3 nights
Shuttle
2
Santo Domingo
— 1 night
Drive
3
Las Terrenas
— 3 nights
Drive to Santo Domingo, Fly to San Diego

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Punta Cana

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Marinarium Excursions Snorkeling Cruise and Macao Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia and Spas. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Arena Gorda Beach, stop by HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bavaro Beach.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punta Cana road trip planning tool.

San Diego, 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 somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: high temperatures in Punta Cana hover around 87°F and lows are around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

Santo Domingo

— 1 night
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama, then contemplate the long history of Alcazar de Colon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, and finally experience rural life at Kahkow Experience.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 27:

Las Terrenas

— 3 nights
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Moron. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Las Ballenas, and then kick back and relax at Punta Bonita.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Las Terrenas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Las Terrenas can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
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Dominican Republic travel guide

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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.