9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Panama City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Punta Cana
— 3 nights
shuttle:  5​h
2
Sosua
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Panama City

3
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Public Beach Playa Dominicus and Juanillo Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers. Change things up with a short trip to National Park of the East in Bayahibe (about 1h 15 min away). It doesn't end there: walk around Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Punta Cana trip itinerary planner .

Panama City, Panama to Punta Cana is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Punta Cana can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Sosua.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bayahibe
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Juanillo Beach ©
Juanillo Beach
Public Beach Playa Dominicus ©
Public Beach Playa Dominicus

3
nights
Sosua

A hub for scuba-diving in the area and adventures along the north coast, Sosua itineraries tend to make good use of the scenic coastline.
Visit Cabarete Beach and Playa Grande for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Castillo Mundo King. There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sosua online travel planner .

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Sosua in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Sosua

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Cabarete, Playa Grande, Safaris
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cabarete Beach ©
Cabarete Beach
Safaris

2
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 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Plaza de Espana (Plaza de Armas), get to know the fascinating history of Calle de Las Damas, then experience rural life at Kahkow Experience, then examine the collection at Museum of the Royal Houses, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Agora Mall. On the next day, get a sense of history and politics at National Pantheon (Pantheon Nacional), then contemplate the long history of Parque Colon, then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at National Botanical Garden.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santo Domingo tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Sosua to Santo Domingo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Calle de Las Damas ©
Calle de Las Damas
National Botanical Garden
National Botanical Garden
Parque Colon ©
Parque Colon

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