Route & dates
10 days in Santo Domingo & Punta Cana Itinerary
shuttle: 1h 30min
Santo Domingo— 2 nights
shuttle: 1h 30min
Punta Cana— 7 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace and then don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de America, then steep yourself in history at Fort Ozama, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle de Las Damas.
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Punta Cana to Santo Domingo is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santo Domingo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Punta Cana.
Things to do in Santo Domingo
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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.Montana Redonda has been added to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: La Romana (Altos de Chavon & Teeth of the Dog) and Isla Saona (in Parque Nacional del Este). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and find something for the whole family at Manati Park Bavaro.
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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in May, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Punta Cana
Teeth of the Dog, Montana Redonda, Isla Saona
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