12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Willemstad, Curacao
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Punta Cana
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Bayahibe
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Willemstad, Curacao

2
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Santo Domingo is known for historic sites, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de America, examine the collection at Museo De Las Casas Reales, take some stellar pictures from Santo Domingo Skyline, and make a trip to Zona Colonial.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santo Domingo trip planner.

Willemstad, Curacao to Santo Domingo is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe, look for gifts at Estrella Avenida, then get into the urban bustle at The Meeting Place, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Macorix House of Rum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres, and then admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos.

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Drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata ©
Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata
Pico Isabel de Torres ©
Pico Isabel de Torres

5
nights
Punta Cana

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.
Punta Cana is known for beaches, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Macao Beach, step off the mainland to explore Saona Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bavaro Beach.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Punta Cana takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. In January, daytime highs in Punta Cana are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Saona Island
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Safaris
Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Hoyo Azul ©
Hoyo Azul

2
nights
Bayahibe

Located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, the town of Bayahibe has grown from a fishing village into a bona fide tourist destination, with visitors mainly drawn to the many dive sites just off the coast.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): play a few rounds at Teeth Of The Dog and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): stop by Cornelio Cigars, appreciate the extensive heritage of Altos de Chavon, and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bayahibe holiday planner.

Drive from Punta Cana to Bayahibe in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Outdoors Tours Golf

Side Trip

La Romana
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Speed Boats Tours
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon
Scuba & Snorkeling

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