8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Fly + shuttle + foot + bus:  7​h 45​min
Puerto Plata
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
Las Terrenas
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Malecon Puerto Plata and Estrella Avenida. Venture out of the city with trips to Cabarete (Spas & Wellness, The Dollar Shop, & more), Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) (in Punta Rucia) and Zipline (in Sosua). Next up on the itinerary: trot along with a tour on horseback, look for gifts at Joyeria Las Americas, see the interesting displays at Amber Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres.

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Toronto, Canada to Puerto Plata is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in May; daily highs in Puerto Plata reach 36°C and lows reach 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

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Cabarete, Paradise Island, Zipline
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Paradise Island ©
Paradise Island
Malecon Puerto Plata ©
Malecon Puerto Plata
Horseback Riding Tours

Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas ©
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, go for a stroll along the water at Playa El Portillo, and then take in the dramatic scenery at El Salto del Limon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Playa Bonita.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Las Terrenas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Puerto Plata in May, Las Terrenas is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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El Salto del Limon
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Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
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Playa El Portillo