11 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

11 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic route planner
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Punta Cana
— 5 nights
Shuttle
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Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Plata
— 3 nights
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Punta Cana — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: La Romana (Altos de Chavon, Parque Central Duarte, &more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 25th (Fri) at Saona Island. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with Aqua Track Private Day Trips, tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course, indulge in some personalized pampering at Flavio Acuna Spa Natural Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bavaro Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Punta Cana trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in November; daily highs in Punta Cana reach 85°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.
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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 30th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor and then don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Cabinet Tobaco Boutique, pause for some photo ops at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, then step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, and finally delve into the distant past at Monasterio de San Francisco.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo road trip tool.

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Plata.
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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.
Step out of Puerto Plata with an excursion to Museum of Jewish Heritage in Sosua--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada), and steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Plata day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Puerto Plata sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Beaches
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Dominican Republic travel guide

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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.
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