8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Puerto Plata
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  2​h
3
Punta Cana
— 4 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Calgary

1
day
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.
On the 20th (Fri), look for gifts at Estrella Avenida.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata travel route planner.

Calgary, Canada to Puerto Plata is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Calgary to Puerto Plata. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in December: high temperatures in Puerto Plata hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Shopping

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 21st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America and then make a trip to Zona Colonial. On your second day here, get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado Modelo, appreciate the history behind Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), and then browse the different shops at Agora Mall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo online route planner .

Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) ©

4
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.
Head to La Perla Dominicana and Palma Real Shopping Villagefor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Bavaro Beach and Macao Beach. The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, get your game on at Escape Room Punta Cana, tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Punta Cana using our trip planner.

Take a shuttle from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Punta Cana can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach

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