11 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

11 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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11 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Punta Cana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
La Romana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Chicago

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Aromas Museum and Parroquia de San Dionisio. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bavaro Beach and Macao Beach. There's more to do: step off the mainland to explore Saona Island and tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana online trip planner .

Chicago, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Chicago to Punta Cana, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Chicago in January, with highs in Punta Cana at 83°F and lows at 71°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off toIsla Saona.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Parroquia de San Dionisio
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach
Saona Island ©
Saona Island

3
nights
La Romana

The city of La Romana offers good access to some of the most popular resorts in the Dominican Republic.
On the 21st (Tue), look for gifts at Cornelio Cigars. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at Teeth Of The Dog, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Altos de Chavon, and then get engrossed in the history at Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our La Romana online trip planner .

You can drive from Punta Cana to La Romana in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in La Romana sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F at night. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in La Romana

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trip

Bayahibe
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Speed Boats Tours
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon
Conquista Park ©
Conquista Park

3
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Relax by the water at Playa Guayacanes and Boca Chica. Zona Colonial and Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de America, explore the ancient world of Monasterio de San Francisco, admire the striking features of Saint Barbara's Church (Iglesia Santa Barbara), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle de Las Damas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santo Domingo holiday planner .

You can drive from La Romana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Playa Guayacanes
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Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) ©
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon)

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