8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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


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.
Step out of Punta Cana with an excursion to Altos de Chavon in La Romana--about 1h 20 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 25th (Sun) at Saona Island. There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get interesting insight from Destiny Caribbean Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at Flavio Acuna Spa Natural Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Macao Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana vacation planner.

Chicago, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Punta Cana reach 87°F and lows reach 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.
Outdoors · Parks · Adventure · Tours
Side Trips
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Santo Domingo — 1 night

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, then appreciate the history behind Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), and finally contemplate the long history of Casa del Cordon.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Plata.
Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
On the 29th (Thu), make a splash at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua and then look for gifts at Estrella Avenida.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata trip planning app.

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature
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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.