57 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

57 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic travel route planner
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Santo Domingo
— 12 nights
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Santiago de los Caballeros
— 5 nights
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Puerto Plata
— 11 nights
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Las Terrenas
— 6 nights
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Sabana de la Mar
— 2 nights
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Punta Cana
— 20 nights
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Santo Domingo — 12 nights

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Boca Chica (about 44 minutes away). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at The 3 Eyes National Park. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Botanical Garden, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, and examine the collection at Museo De Las Casas Reales.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Santo Domingo road trip planning site.

Paris, France to Santo Domingo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Paris to Santo Domingo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de los Caballeros.
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Santiago de los Caballeros — 5 nights

Founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus' brother, Santiago de los Caballeros was among the very first European settlements in the Americas, which explains its nickname: "First Santiago of the Americas." Today, the city represents one of the Western Hemisphere's major financial, cultural, and industrial centers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santiago de los Caballeros: Jarabacoa (Pico Duarte, Salto de Jimenoa, &more), Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) (in Punta Rucia) and El Sendero del Cacao (in San Francisco de Macoris). There's still lots to do: make a trip to La Aurora Cigar Factory, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and appreciate the history behind Monumento a los Heroes de la Restauracion.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Santiago de los Caballeros trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Santiago de los Caballeros takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Puerto Plata.
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Puerto Plata — 11 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Plata side-trips: Playa Caleton (in Rio San Juan), Sosua (Sosua Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Cabarete (Kite Beach, Spas, &more). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Spend the 16th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe, cool off at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rancho Lorilar.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata trip planner.

Getting from Santiago de los Caballeros to Puerto Plata by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In June, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Las Terrenas.
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Las Terrenas — 6 nights

Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Terrenas: Playa Grande (in Cabrera) and Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings (in Santa Barbara de Samana). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, go for a stroll along the water at Playa El Portillo, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Rincon, and soothe aching muscles at Shiva's Cave Yoga Studio - Monte Placido.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Terrenas day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Las Terrenas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sabana de la Mar.
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Sabana de la Mar — 2 nights

Sabana de la Mar, usually spelled in English as Sabana de la Mar, is a town in the Hato Mayor province of the Dominican Republic.Sabana de la Mar is located in the northeastern of Dominican Republic, on the southern side of Samana Bay. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Los Haitises National Park. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Samana Bay.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sabana de la Mar route planner.

Drive from Las Terrenas to Sabana de la Mar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Punta Cana.
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Punta Cana — 20 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bayahibe (Horseback Riding Tours, Speed Boats Tours, &more) and La Romana (The Links, Teeth Of The Dog, &more). Spend the 18th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend a day of island exploring on the 2nd (Sat) at Saona Island. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, play a few rounds at Punta Espada Golf Course, kick back and relax at Macao Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa La Vacama.

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Drive from Sabana de la Mar to Punta Cana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Punta Cana are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Dominican Republic travel guide

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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.
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