9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Punta Cana
— 2 nights
Las Terrenas
— 2 nights
Puerto Plata
— 2 nights


Punta Cana

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Hoyo Azul and then stroll through Bavaro Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Coralina Tropical Shop, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Punta Cana travel planner.

Florianopolis, Brazil to Punta Cana is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Florianopolis to Punta Cana, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. March in Punta Cana sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

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Las Terrenas

— 2 nights
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the waterfront activity at Playa El Portillo and then admire the sheer force of Salto El Limon. On your second day here, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Playa Bonita.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Las Terrenas holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Punta Cana to Las Terrenas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. March in Las Terrenas sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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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.
Explore Puerto Plata's surroundings by going to Sosua (Zipline & Casa de Arte Sosua). Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, see the interesting displays at Dominican Amber Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres, and stop by Estrella Avenida.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Plata online trip maker.

You can drive from Las Terrenas to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Terrenas in March, Puerto Plata is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · 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.

Samana Province travel guide

Beaches · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Zipline
Samaná is a province of the Dominican Republic. Its capital is Santa Bárbara de Samaná, usually known as Samaná.Samaná is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. It is known for its mountains of which it is almost entirely formed. Samaná has numerous beaches.On 6 November 2006 the Samaná El Catey International Airport,commenced operations.HistorySamana was discovered by Europeans on January 12, 1493 by Christopher Columbus who was greeted with a barrage of spears and arrows from native Taíno warriors. It is said that this was the first instance of violent opposition to the Spanish conquistadors in the Americas. The Samaná Province is also home to what are known in the Dominican Republic as Americanos de Samaná (Samaná-Americans) where descendants of free black Americans immigrated beginning in 1824. They took advantage of the pro-African immigration policy of then president Jean Pierre Boyer when Samaná was under Haitian rule. This migration to Santa Bárbara, Samaná began with 34 African-American families. Naturally, this African-American culture distinguished themselves from the rest of the Dominican Republic as they maintain many elements of 19th century African-American culture—such as their brand of English, food, games, community organizations, African-American names, manners, music and some recipes that have been preserved as a result of their isolation, which until the 20th century was accessible only by boat. Most are of the African Methodist Episcopal and Wesleyan faith brought to the island by their ancestors.