38 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

38 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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38 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Bayahibe
— 4 nights
shuttle:  2​h 15​min
2
Punta Cana
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Las Terrenas
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Puerto Plata
— 7 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
5
Pedernales
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Santo Domingo
— 10 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Bayahibe

Bayahibe ©
Located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, the town of Bayahibe has grown from a fishing village into a bona fide tourist destination, with visitors mainly drawn to the many dive sites just off the coast.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Altos de Chavon and Conquista Park. You'll get in some beach time at Scuba & Snorkeling and Speed Boats Tours. Explore Bayahibe's surroundings by going to Isla Saona (in Parque Nacional del Este) and La Romana (Teeth of the Dog & Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at National Park of the East. There's still lots to do: stop by Museo y Fabrica de Puras, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva Padre Nuestro, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bayahibe travel route builder site .

New York City, USA to Bayahibe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Bayahibe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Bayahibe to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

La Romana, Isla Saona
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Isla Saona ©
Isla Saona
Scuba & Snorkeling
National Park of the East ©
National Park of the East

9
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.
Shop till you drop at Safaris and Bavaro Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Macao Beach and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punta Cana: Higuey (Museo de La Altagracia, Basilica Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia, & more) and Montana Redonda (in Miches). There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Palma Real Shopping Village, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Juanillo Beach, and tee off at La Cana Golf Course.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Punta Cana vacation builder site .

Take a shuttle from Bayahibe to Punta Cana in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Punta Cana are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Higuey, Montana Redonda
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Safaris
Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach

5
nights
Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas ©
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Visiting Los Haitises National Park and Samana Bay will get you outdoors. Head to Playa Rincon and Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintingsfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to La Playita Beach (in Las Galeras) and Santa Barbara de Samana (Tainopark, Playa Las Garitas, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, stroll through Playa Punta Popy, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Terrenas road trip site .

You can drive from Punta Cana to Las Terrenas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara de Samana, Samana Province, La Playita Beach
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Los Haitises National Park ©
Los Haitises National Park
Playa Rincon ©
Playa Rincon
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita

7
nights
Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata ©
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.
Shop till you drop at 27 Charcos and Golden Beach (Playa Dorada). Get outdoors at Pico Isabel de Torres and Cofresi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Plata: Sosua (Sosua Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more), Cabarete (Spas, Cabarete Beach, & more) and La Aurora Cigar Factory (in Santiago de los Caballeros). Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park. Spend the 15th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, view the masterpieces at Project Esperanza Art Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral San Felipe, and see the interesting displays at Amber Museum.

Discover how to plan a Puerto Plata trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Las Terrenas to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June in Puerto Plata, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pedernales.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sosua, Cabarete, La Aurora Cigar Factory
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Golden Beach (Playa Dorada) ©
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)
27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Pico Isabel de Torres ©
Pico Isabel de Torres

1
night
Pedernales

Pedernales ©
The Dominican city of Pedernales is the capital of the Pedernales Province, in the Dominican Republic. On the 18th (Tue), stroll around Parque Eolico Los Cocos, then explore the activities along Laguna de Oviedo, and then kick back and relax at Bahia de las Aguilas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sierra de Bahoruco National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pedernales tour planner.

Getting from Puerto Plata to Pedernales by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Pedernales

Parks Nature Beaches
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Bahia de las Aguilas ©
Bahia de las Aguilas
Laguna de Oviedo ©
Laguna de Oviedo
Parque Eolico Los Cocos ©
Parque Eolico Los Cocos

10
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Escape the urban bustle at The 3 Eyes National Park and National Aquarium. Do your shopping at Alcazar de Colon and Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, browse the different shops at Galeria 360, shop like a local with Mercado Modelo, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Royal Houses.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Santo Domingo travel route site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Pedernales to Santo Domingo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial

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