12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Madison
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Punta Cana
— 6 nights
Drive:  5 h
2
Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Madison

6
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Speed Boats Tours (in Bayahibe) and Altos de Chavon (in La Romana). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Saona Island, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for gifts at La Perla Dominicana, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Punta Cana online trip builder.

Madison, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Madison to Punta Cana. Traveling from Madison in November, things will get much warmer in Punta Cana: highs are around 85°F and lows about 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Speed Boats Tours, Altos de Chavon, Saona Island
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Speed Boats Tours
Safaris
Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach

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.
On the 25th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, look for gifts at Estrella Avenida, thentake a stroll around The Meeting Place, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Macorix House of Rum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres, and then admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Plata journey builder site.

Drive from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November in Puerto Plata, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata ©
Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata
Macorix House of Rum ©
Macorix House of Rum
27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos

3
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, appreciate the history behind Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Santo Domingo journey site.

You can drive from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) ©
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon)
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon

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