45 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

45 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Puerto Plata
— 10 nights
Drive
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Las Terrenas
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sabana de la Mar
— 1 night
Drive
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Santo Domingo
— 11 nights
Bus
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Isla Saona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta Cana
— 13 nights
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Plata: Cabarete (Dive Cabarete, Cabarete Beach, &more), Cayo Arena (in Monte Cristi) and Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) (in Punta Rucia). Spend the 24th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, don't miss a visit to La Aurora Cigar Factory, enjoy the sand and surf at Sosua Beach, and stroll through Cofresi Beach.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Plata trip itinerary planning app.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Puerto Plata is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Puerto Plata. Traveling from St. Petersburg in December, expect Puerto Plata to be much warmer, temps between 34°C and 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

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Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Explore Las Terrenas' surroundings by going to Las Galeras (Playa Fronton & La Playita Beach), Cruz de la Mision (in Cayo Levantado) and Santa Barbara de Samana (Playa El Valle, Zipline, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Rincon, go for a stroll along the water at Playa El Portillo, trot along with a tour on horseback, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Coson.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Terrenas day trip planning site.

Drive from Puerto Plata to Las Terrenas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sabana de la Mar.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 1:

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Sabana de la Mar

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. On the 2nd (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Los Haitises National Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sabana de la Mar road trip planner.

Drive from Las Terrenas to Sabana de la Mar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Sabana de la Mar

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santo Domingo: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Boca Chica) and Centro Historico Ron Barcelo (in San Pedro de Macoris). Spend the 4th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of The 3 Eyes National Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Zona Colonial, explore the ancient world of Monasterio de San Francisco, admire the natural beauty at National Botanical Garden, and step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sabana de la Mar to Santo Domingo takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Isla Saona.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Isla Saona

Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): head off the coast to Saona Island. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of National Park of the East.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla Saona trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Santo Domingo to Isla Saona takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Isla Saona are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Isla Saona

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Romana (Altos de Chavon, Teeth Of The Dog, &more), Bayahibe (Cueva Padre Nuestro, Conquista Park, &more) and Parroquia de San Dionisio (in Higuey). Spend the 20th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, don't miss a visit to Jesus Maestro Parish, relax and rejuvenate at Flavio Acuna Spa Natural Center, and find something for the whole family at Manati Park Bavaro.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Punta Cana online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Saona to Punta Cana. In January in Punta Cana, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Dominican Republic travel guide

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Beaches · Islands · Zipline
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.