9 days in Santo Domingo & Puerto Plata Itinerary

9 days in Santo Domingo & Puerto Plata Itinerary

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9 days in Santo Domingo & Puerto Plata Itinerary

Start: Santo Domingo
1
Santo Domingo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Puerto Plata
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Santo Domingo

4
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santo Domingo: La Romana (Altos de Chavon & Teeth Of The Dog). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, take in the dramatic natural features at The 3 Eyes National Park, take some stellar pictures from Santo Domingo Skyline, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santo Domingo online trip maker .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are La Isabela International Airport, Las Américas International Airport and Samaná El Catey International Airport. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

La Romana
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:
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The 3 Eyes National Park ©
The 3 Eyes National Park
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Plata side-trips: Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) (in Punta Rucia) and Zipline (in Sosua). There's lots more to do: try out the rides at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and see the interesting displays at Casa Museo General Gregorio Luperon.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata trip planner.

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena), Zipline
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Pico Isabel de Torres ©
Pico Isabel de Torres

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