12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Miami, Florida
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Pedernales
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Las Galeras
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 30​min
4
Puerto Plata
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Miami, Florida

2
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Reloj de Sol, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Royal Houses, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle de Las Damas, and finally relax in the rural setting at Kahkow Experience.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santo Domingo sightseeing planning app .

Miami, USA to Santo Domingo is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pedernales.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Museo De Las Casas Reales ©
Museo De Las Casas Reales
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kahkow Experience ©
Kahkow Experience

1
night
Pedernales

Pedernales ©
The Dominican city of Pedernales is the capital of the Pedernales Province, in the Dominican Republic. You've now added Jaragua National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jaragua National Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pedernales online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santo Domingo to Pedernales in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Pedernales, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Galeras.

Things to do in Pedernales

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jaragua National Park
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Jaragua National Park ©
Jaragua National Park

2
nights
Las Galeras

Visit La Playita Beach and Playa Rincon for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Galeras: Santa Barbara de Samana (Museo de la Ballena & Zipline).

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Las Galeras journey planning site .

You can drive from Pedernales to Las Galeras in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Las Galeras sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Las Galeras

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Santa Barbara de Samana, Samana Province
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Scuba & Snorkeling
La Playita Beach ©
La Playita Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Sosua Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Centro Leon and Macorix House of Rum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Plata: Sosua (Zipline, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more), Cabarete Beach (in Cabarete) and Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) (in Punta Rucia). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Carmen Factory Gift Shop, take in the awesome beauty at Pico Isabel de Torres, take in the exciting artwork at Project Esperanza Art Shop, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Plata travel route builder app .

Getting from Las Galeras to Puerto Plata by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Sosua, Cabarete Beach, Centro Leon, Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena)
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Centro Leon ©
Centro Leon
Macorix House of Rum ©
Macorix House of Rum
Sosua Beach ©
Sosua Beach

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