17 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

17 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Punta Cana
— 6 nights
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Santo Domingo
— 6 nights
Drive
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Puerto Plata
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sabana de la Mar
— 1 night
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Punta Cana

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Romana (Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology & Altos de Chavon). Spend a day of island exploring on the 16th (Wed) at Saona Island. Spend the 20th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, relax and rejuvenate at Flavio Acuna Spa Natural Center, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and kick back and relax at Juanillo Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana tour itinerary maker.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Punta Cana. June in Punta Cana sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santo Domingo

— 6 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Step out of Santo Domingo with an excursion to Centro Historico Ron Barcelo in San Pedro de Macoris--about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 25th (Fri) exploring nature at The 3 Eyes National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, admire the natural beauty at National Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama, and step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon.

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Getting from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Puerto Plata

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Plata: La Aurora Cigar Factory (in Santiago de los Caballeros) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Sosua). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, get into the urban bustle at The Meeting Place, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, and look for gifts at Fifi Jewelry And Cigar Store.

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Drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sabana de la Mar.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sabana de la Mar

— 1 night
Sabana de la Mar, usually spelled in English as Sabana de la Mar, is a town in the Hato Mayor province of the Dominican Republic.Sabana de la Mar is located in the northeastern of Dominican Republic, on the southern side of Samana Bay. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Los Haitises National Park.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sabana de la Mar day trip planning website.

Getting from Puerto Plata to Sabana de la Mar by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Sabana de la Mar

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Dominican Republic travel guide

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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.