8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2​h
3
Punta Cana
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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 3rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe, then stop by Estrella Avenida, then get into the urban bustle at The Meeting Place, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Macorix House of Rum, then take in the awesome beauty at Pico Isabel de Torres, and then admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Puerto Plata trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Plata is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Puerto Plata, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in December, with highs in Puerto Plata at 34°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time 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

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 5th (Thu), browse the exhibits of Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) and then make a trip to Zona Colonial. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Consistorial, then examine the collection at Museum of the Royal Houses, and finally explore the ancient world of Monasterio de San Francisco.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santo Domingo route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) ©
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America

3
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: kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, stroll through Macao Beach, stop by Manuel cigarros, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Punta Cana trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Beaches
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach

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