12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Madison
bus + 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 + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: Madison

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Punta Cana: Speed Boats Tours (in Bayahibe) and Altos de Chavon (in La Romana). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, get your game on at Escape Room Punta Cana, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and don't miss a visit to Jesus Maestro Parish.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Punta Cana travel planner .

Madison, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Madison in November; daily highs in Punta Cana reach 85°F and lows reach 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

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), contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe, stop by Estrella Avenida, then take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and finally meet the residents 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 take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata road trip site .

Drive from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Plata can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Pico Isabel de Torres ©
Pico Isabel de Torres
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, shopping, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, get great views at Santo Domingo Skyline, contemplate the long history of Alcazar de Colon, and delve into the distant past at Monasterio de San Francisco.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo trip planner .

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 time for 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
Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America

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