12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Bayahibe
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2​h 15​min
4
Punta Cana
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, stop by Estrella Avenida, then take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and finally make a splash at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Macorix House of Rum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres, and then take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Puerto Plata trip itinerary maker tool .

Philadelphia, USA to Puerto Plata is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Traveling from Philadelphia to Puerto Plata, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in December, expect Puerto Plata to be much hotter, temps between 85°F and 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

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

3
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
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, shopping, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, examine the collection at Museum of the Royal Houses, observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium, and contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santo Domingo online journey maker .

Drive from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America

2
nights
Bayahibe

Located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, the town of Bayahibe has grown from a fishing village into a bona fide tourist destination, with visitors mainly drawn to the many dive sites just off the coast.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Altos de Chavon and then play a few rounds at Teeth Of The Dog. On your second day here, stop by Museo y Fabrica de Puras, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayahibe trip planner.

Take a bus from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Bayahibe can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trip

La Romana
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Speed Boats Tours
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon

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.
Punta Cana is known for nature, beaches, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, step off the mainland to explore Saona Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Macao Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Punta Cana online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Bayahibe to Punta Cana by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Punta Cana are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Saona Island ©
Saona Island

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