8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: New York City
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:  7​h
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe, then stop by Estrella Avenida, then take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and finally meet the residents at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on 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 take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Puerto Plata visit planner .

New York City, USA to Puerto Plata is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Atlantic Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Puerto Plata hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): steep yourself in history at Alcazar de Colon and then don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Santo Domingo Skyline, explore the galleries of Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de America, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, and finally explore the ancient world of Monasterio de San Francisco.

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Drive from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Museums
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Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de 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: stroll through Bavaro Beach, look for gifts at HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers, make a trip to Jesus Maestro Parish, and fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Punta Cana trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a shuttle from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Punta Cana sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Zipline

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