11 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

11 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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11 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
Bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Jarabacoa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Punta Cana
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
You'll explore and learn at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) and Museum of the Royal Houses. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral Primada de America and Monasterio de San Francisco. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, contemplate the long history of Palacio Consistorial, step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, and explore the world behind art at Amber Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santo Domingo online trip itinerary planner .

Columbia, USA to Santo Domingo is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the galleries of Joyeria Las Americas, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Amber Museum, get engrossed in the history at Carmen Factory Gift Shop, and then take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Puerto Plata route maker website .

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jarabacoa.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

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

1
night
Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa ©
Occupying a scenic spot in the foothills of a mountain range, Jarabacoa offers a laid-back atmosphere and a pleasant window into rural Dominican life.
Pico Duarte has been added to your itinerary. On the 31st (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Pico Duarte.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Jarabacoa trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a bus from Puerto Plata to Jarabacoa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Jarabacoa, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Jarabacoa

Parks Nature
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Pico Duarte ©
Pico Duarte

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Aromas Museum and Conquista Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bavaro Beach and Macao Beach. Step out of Punta Cana to go to La Romana and see Altos de Chavon, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, have some family-friendly fun at Escape Room Punta Cana, and look for gifts at HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Punta Cana road trip planning site .

Drive from Jarabacoa to Punta Cana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Jarabacoa in December since evenings lows in Punta Cana dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Altos de Chavon, Conquista Park
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach
Swim with Dolphins

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