15 days in Puerto Plata, Jarabacoa & Santo Domingo Itinerary

15 days in Puerto Plata, Jarabacoa & Santo Domingo Itinerary

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Puerto Plata
— 4 nights
2
Jarabacoa
— 7 nights
3
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
4
Puerto Plata
— 1 night

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at 27 Charcos and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from Puerto Plata with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Sosua, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: laugh and play at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, view the masterpieces at Casa de Cultura, get into the urban bustle at The Meeting Place, and look for gifts at Estrella Avenida.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata day trip website.

Toronto, Canada to Puerto Plata is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Puerto Plata, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in December, expect Puerto Plata to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 24°C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Jarabacoa.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa ©
Occupying a scenic spot in the foothills of a mountain range, Jarabacoa offers a laid-back atmosphere and a pleasant window into rural Dominican life.
Take a break from the city and head to Pico Duarte and Salto de Jimenoa. Venture out of the city with trips to El Sendero del Cacao (in San Francisco de Macoris), Santiago de los Caballeros (Monumento a los Heroes de la Restauracion, Centro Leon, &more) and Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (in Moca). The adventure continues: get outside with Los Saltos de Jima, experience rural life at Spirit Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Baiguate Salto Waterfall, and trek along El Mogote Jarabacoa (Montaña).

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jarabacoa online travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Puerto Plata to Jarabacoa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Jarabacoa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, El Sendero del Cacao, Piedra Letrada, Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus
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Salto de Jimenoa ©
Salto de Jimenoa
Pico Duarte ©
Pico Duarte
Rancho Jarabacoa ©
Rancho Jarabacoa

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
On the 3rd (Fri), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The 3 Eyes National Park and then take some stellar pictures from Santo Domingo Skyline.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo trip planner.

Getting from Jarabacoa to Santo Domingo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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The 3 Eyes National Park ©
The 3 Eyes National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) ©
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon)

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night
Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Joyeria Las Americas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Plata road trip tool.

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Museums · Shopping
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Joyeria Las Americas ©
Joyeria Las Americas

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