8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic travel route planner

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Punta Cana
— 4 nights
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Puerto Plata
— 1 night


Punta Cana

— 4 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.
Take a break from Punta Cana with a short trip to Altos de Chavon in La Romana, about 1h 20 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 26th (Sun) at Saona Island. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, and play a few rounds at Punta Espada Golf Course.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Punta Cana online trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Punta Cana, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect Punta Cana to be much hotter, temps between 85°F and 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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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 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, explore the ancient world of Monasterio de San Francisco, then pause for some photo ops at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), and finally have fun at The Colonial Gate 4D Cinema. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama and then make a trip to Zona Colonial.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo trip itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games
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Puerto Plata

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Puerto Plata sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Nature · Parks
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Dominican Republic travel guide

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.