13 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

13 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santo Domingo
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Punta Cana
— 6 nights
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Puerto Plata

— 2 nights
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.
Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, take in the awesome beauty at Pico Isabel de Torres, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, and kick back and relax at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Puerto Plata itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Plata is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Puerto Plata is 1 hour. 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 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Santo Domingo

— 4 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at The 3 Eyes National Park. The adventure continues: make a trip to Zona Colonial, appreciate the history behind Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santo Domingo online travel 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 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Punta Cana

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta Cana: Altos de Chavon (in La Romana) and Speed Boats Tours (in Bayahibe). Spend a day of island exploring on the 30th (Thu) at Saona Island. And it doesn't end there: try to win big at Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana, tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and enjoy the sand and surf at Macao Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Punta Cana driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by shuttle from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December in Punta Cana, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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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.