38 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

38 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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38 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Punta Cana
— 12 nights
shuttle:  1​h 30​min
2
Santo Domingo
— 9 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
3
Las Terrenas
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Las Galeras
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Puerto Plata
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: New York City

12
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.
Relax by the water at Bavaro Beach and Macao Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: Isla Saona (in Parque Nacional del Este), La Romana (Altos de Chavon & Teeth of the Dog) and Public beach of Dominicus at Bayahibe (in Bayahibe). Spend the 5th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, play a few rounds at Punta Espada Golf Course, buy something for everyone on your list at Palma Real Shopping Village, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Punta Cana online itinerary creator.

New York City, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Punta Cana. In August, daytime highs in Punta Cana are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

La Romana, Public Beach Playa Dominicus
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Macao Beach ©
Macao Beach
Swim with Dolphins

9
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Guayacanes and Juan Dolio Beach. Spend the 19th (Sat) among the memorable landscape of The 3 Eyes National Park. Spend the 20th (Sun) exploring nature at National Botanical Garden. There's much more to do: make a trip to Zona Colonial, steep yourself in history at Fort Ozama, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Modelo, and delve into the distant past at Monasterio de San Francisco.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Playa Guayacanes, Juan Dolio Beach
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Playa Guayacanes ©
Playa Guayacanes
The 3 Eyes National Park ©
The 3 Eyes National Park
Juan Dolio Beach ©
Juan Dolio Beach

4
nights
Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas ©
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Relax by the water at Playa Bonita and Playa Moron. Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Parque Nacional Los Haitises. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Ballenas, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Playa Punta Popy, and admire the sheer force of El Salto del Limon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Terrenas online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Las Terrenas are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Las Galeras.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Samana Province
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Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Los Haitises National Park ©
Los Haitises National Park
Playa Moron ©
Playa Moron

2
nights
Las Galeras

Las Galeras ©
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Rincon and Playa el Valle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Galeras: Santa Barbara de Samana (Zipline & Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings).

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Galeras trip builder.

You can drive from Las Terrenas to Las Galeras in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province.

Things to do in Las Galeras

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara de Samana, Playa Rincon
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Playa Rincon ©
Playa Rincon
Zipline
La Playita Beach ©
La Playita Beach

2
nights
Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province

Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province ©
María Trinidad Sánchez is a province of the Dominican Republic. On the 29th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at La Entrada Beach and then stroll through Playa Grande. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Playa Caleton.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Las Galeras to Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Playa Caleton ©
Playa Caleton
La Entrada Beach ©
La Entrada Beach

7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Golden Beach (Playa Dorada) and Sosua Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Plata: Paradise Island (in Punta Rucia), Sosua (Casa de Arte Sosua, Museum of Jewish Heritage, & more) and Cabarete Beach (in Cabarete). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 31st (Thu) at Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Damajaqua Cascades (27 Waterfalls), kick back and relax at Cofresi Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres, and stop by Estrella Avenida.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Puerto Plata trip generator.

You can drive from Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province to Puerto Plata in 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 75°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sosua, Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena), Cabarete Beach
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada) ©
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)

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