12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Fly to Punta Cana, Shuttle to Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Punta Cana
— 8 nights


Santo Domingo

— 3 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Santo Domingo is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, see the interesting displays at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, and step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon.

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Brussels, Belgium to Santo Domingo is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Punta Cana

— 8 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: Conquista Park (in Bayahibe) and La Romana (Altos de Chavon & Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology). Spend a day of island exploring on the 29th (Sun) at Saona Island. Spend the 2nd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bavaro Beach, don't miss a visit to Jesus Maestro Parish, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Traveling by shuttle from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. August in Punta Cana sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Dominican Republic travel guide

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.