9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Pedernales
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Rio San Juan
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Santa Barbara de Samana
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Punta Cana
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Newark

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day
Pedernales

Pedernales ©
The Dominican city of Pedernales is the capital of the Pedernales Province, in the Dominican Republic. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): stroll around Parque Eolico Los Cocos and then kick back and relax at Bahia de las Aguilas.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pedernales trip planner.

Newark, USA to Pedernales is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to Pedernales due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in June; daily highs in Pedernales reach 89°F and lows reach 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rio San Juan.

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Bahia de las Aguilas ©
Bahia de las Aguilas
Parque Eolico Los Cocos ©
Parque Eolico Los Cocos

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day
Rio San Juan

Rio San Juan ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Lunaberg, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Caleton, and then stroll through Playa Grande.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rio San Juan trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pedernales to Rio San Juan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rio San Juan can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara de Samana.

Things to do in Rio San Juan

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Grande, Lunaberg
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Playa Caleton ©
Playa Caleton

1
night
Santa Barbara de Samana

Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa El Valle and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara de Samana trip builder tool .

You can drive from Rio San Juan to Santa Barbara de Samana in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. June in Santa Barbara de Samana sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 77°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santa Barbara de Samana

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Zipline
Playa El Valle ©
Playa El Valle

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nights
Punta Cana

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Juanillo Beach and National Park of the East. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parasailing & Paragliding and HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers. Spend the 3rd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, stroll through Macao Beach, tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course, and stroll around Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Punta Cana trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Santa Barbara de Samana to Punta Cana in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

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Side Trip

National Park of the East
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Juanillo Beach ©
Juanillo Beach
National Park of the East ©
National Park of the East
Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach

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