5 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

5 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Punta Cana
— 2 nights
Santo Domingo
— 1 night
Puerto Plata
— 1 night
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia


Punta Cana

— 2 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.
Punta Cana is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Macao Beach, identify plant and animal life at Happy Dive Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana trip maker app.

Philadelphia, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in May; daily highs in Punta Cana reach 86°F and lows reach 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Santo Domingo

— 1 night
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the galleries of Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa del Cordon.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo trip planner.

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Museums

Puerto Plata

— 1 night
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 15th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Puerto Plata trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Theme Parks
Highlights from your trip

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.