12 days in Santo Domingo & Punta Cana Itinerary

12 days in Santo Domingo & Punta Cana Itinerary

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12 days in Santo Domingo & Punta Cana Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Santo Domingo
— 4 nights
2
Punta Cana
— 6 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Dubai

4
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Santo Domingo is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Zona Colonial, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, examine the collection at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), and Head underground at Los Tres Ojos.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santo Domingo online journey planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Santo Domingo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Dubai to Santo Domingo due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Los Tres Ojos
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:
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National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon

6
nights
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.
Take a break from Punta Cana with a short trip to Altos de Chavon in La Romana, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Macao Beach, stroll through Bavaro Beach, and explore the activities along Hoyo Azul.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Punta Cana journey maker site .

Take a shuttle from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Altos de Chavon
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Swim with Dolphins
Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach

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