8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Punta Cana
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sosua
— 2 nights
Drive to Gregorio Luperon International Airport, Fly to Washington

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Punta Cana

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Public Beach Playa Dominicus and Macao Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ocean Adventures Punta Cana and Destiny Caribbean Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: Basilica Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia (in Higuey) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Bayahibe). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Juanillo Beach and stop by HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana online holiday builder.

Washington, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 8-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Washington to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 76°F in Punta Cana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Santo Domingo

— 2 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, then explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, and finally contemplate the long history of Parque Colon. On the next day, buy something for everyone on your list at Agora Mall, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Las Damas, and finally experience rural life at Kahkow Experience.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Santo Domingo trip planning website.

Getting from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sosua.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Sosua

— 2 nights
A hub for scuba-diving in the area and adventures along the north coast, Sosua itineraries tend to make good use of the scenic coastline.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Kite Beach.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sosua trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Sosua in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sosua

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

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.