32 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

32 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic travel planner
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Punta Cana
— 11 nights
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Sabana de la Mar
— 1 night
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Las Galeras
— 3 nights
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Santo Domingo
— 8 nights
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Puerto Plata
— 8 nights
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Punta Cana — 11 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.
Explore Punta Cana's surroundings by going to Bayahibe (Conquista Park, Cueva Padre Nuestro, &more) and La Romana (Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology, Teeth Of The Dog, &more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 23rd (Fri) at Saona Island. Spend the 31st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, kick back and relax at Macao Beach, stroll through Arena Gorda Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Flavio Acuna Spa Natural Center.

To see ratings and other tourist information, read our Punta Cana travel itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Punta Cana hover around 85°F and lows are around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sabana de la Mar.
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Sabana de la Mar — 1 night

Sabana de la Mar, usually spelled in English as Sabana de la Mar, is a town in the Hato Mayor province of the Dominican Republic.Sabana de la Mar is located in the northeastern of Dominican Republic, on the southern side of Samana Bay. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Los Haitises National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sabana de la Mar online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Punta Cana to Sabana de la Mar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Las Galeras.
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Las Galeras — 3 nights

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Galeras: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Las Terrenas), Playa Ermitano (in El Limon) and Santa Barbara de Samana (Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings & Playa El Valle).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Las Galeras road trip planner.

You can ride a ferry from Sabana de la Mar to Las Galeras in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Santo Domingo.
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Santo Domingo — 8 nights

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Change things up with a short trip to Centro Historico Ron Barcelo in San Pedro de Macoris (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium, explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Botanical Garden, and make a trip to Plaza de la Cultura.

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Traveling by car from Las Galeras to Santo Domingo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Puerto Plata.
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Puerto Plata — 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Plata: Sosua (Sosua Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Santiago de los Caballeros (Jardin Botanico de Santiago, La Aurora Cigar Factory, &more) and Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (in Moca). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, enjoy the sand and surf at Cofresi Beach, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, and get into the urban bustle at The Meeting Place.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Plata trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Puerto Plata, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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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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