7 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

7 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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7 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  13​h
1
Puerto Plata
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Punta Cana
— 2 nights
3
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Phoenix

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Estrella Avenida, then take in the awesome beauty at Pico Isabel de Torres, and then admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Puerto Plata tour itinerary planning site .

Phoenix, USA to Puerto Plata is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Phoenix to Puerto Plata. Traveling from Phoenix in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Puerto Plata, with lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Fortaleza San Felipe ©
Fortaleza San Felipe

2
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.
On the 17th (Fri), kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Macao Beach, and then look for gifts at HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Punta Cana road trip planning site .

Drive from Puerto Plata to Punta Cana in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in Punta Cana sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Zipline

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nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, then don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, and then admire the masterpieces at Amber Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Palacio Consistorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America, then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium, and finally contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo driving holiday site .

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America

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