14 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

14 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Caribbean holiday planner

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Punta Cana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayahibe
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Las Terrenas
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
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Punta Cana

— 3 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.
Spend the 2nd (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, try to win big at Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana, kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, and stop by HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Punta Cana trip planning tool.

London, UK to Punta Cana is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Atlantic Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Punta Cana reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Bayahibe

— 2 nights
Located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, the town of Bayahibe has grown from a fishing village into a bona fide tourist destination, with visitors mainly drawn to the many dive sites just off the coast.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stroll around Parque Central Duarte, then don't miss a visit to Altos de Chavon, then get engrossed in the history at Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Public Beach Playa Dominicus. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Museo y Fabrica de Puras, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Bayahibe trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Punta Cana to Bayahibe takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Punta Bonita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Playa El Portillo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto El Limon.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Las Terrenas holiday planner.

Getting from Bayahibe to Las Terrenas by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Las Terrenas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get into the urban bustle at The Meeting Place, stop by Estrella Avenida, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Macorix House of Rum, then take in the awesome beauty at Pico Isabel de Torres, and then admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata tour planning website.

Drive from Las Terrenas to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Santo Domingo

— 3 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) and then make a trip to Zona Colonial. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at The 3 Eyes National Park, then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama, then take in the exciting artwork at Amber Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Palacio Consistorial.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santo Domingo day trip tool.

Getting from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Dominican Republic travel guide

4.1
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

4.4
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.

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