13 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

13 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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13 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Thunder Bay
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Punta Cana
— 5 nights
Shuttle:  2​h
2
Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Puerto Plata
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Thunder Bay

5
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.
Step out of Punta Cana to go to Bayahibe and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave Oleg Bat House, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and step off the mainland to explore Saona Island.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Punta Cana trip itinerary app .

Thunder Bay, Canada to Punta Cana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Thunder Bay in December, things will get warmer in Punta Cana: highs are around 34°C and lows about 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Zipline

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: make a trip to Zona Colonial, steep yourself in history at Alcazar de Colon, Head underground at Los Tres Ojos, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America.

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You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Los Tres Ojos
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Los Tres Ojos ©
Los Tres Ojos
National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Museo De Las Casas Reales ©
Museo De Las Casas Reales

3
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe, then meet the residents at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, then take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and finally look for gifts at Estrella Avenida. Keep things going 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 admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos.

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Getting from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Pico Isabel de Torres ©
Pico Isabel de Torres

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