12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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
shuttle:  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, shopping, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, explore the world behind art at Amber Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Royal Houses, and explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santo Domingo trip itinerary builder app .

Willemstad, Curacao to Santo Domingo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, then stop by Estrella Avenida, then take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and finally meet the residents at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Macorix House of Rum, take in the awesome beauty at Pico Isabel de Torres, and then admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos.

Plan trip to Puerto Plata with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Puerto Plata, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Fortaleza San Felipe ©
Fortaleza San Felipe

5
nights
Punta Cana

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 nature, beaches, wildlife, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Bavaro Beach, don't miss a visit to Jesus Maestro Parish, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Punta Cana day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Punta Cana takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Zipline

2
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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 see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Cornelio Cigars, get to know the fascinating history of Altos de Chavon, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bayahibe trip planner .

Getting from Punta Cana to Bayahibe by shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. 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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Scuba & Snorkeling
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon
Speed Boats Tours

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