15 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

15 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic trip itinerary builder

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Fly to Punta Cana, Shuttle to Santo Domingo
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Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Puerto Plata
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bayahibe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Punta Cana
— 6 nights
Fly

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Santo Domingo

— 3 nights
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, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, get great views at Santo Domingo Skyline, and steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santo Domingo day trip tool.

Chicago, USA to Santo Domingo is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. Traveling from Chicago to Santo Domingo, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Puerto Plata

— 3 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.
Puerto Plata is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos, take an in-depth tour of Carmen Factory Gift Shop, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, and stop by Estrella Avenida.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Puerto Plata trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Puerto Plata sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by Museo y Fabrica de Puras, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Teeth Of The Dog and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Altos de Chavon.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bayahibe travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Bayahibe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in December, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Outdoors · Tours · Golf · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Punta Cana

— 6 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 10th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend a day of island exploring on the 13th (Sun) at Saona Island. Next up on the itinerary: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, find something for the whole family at Manati Park Bavaro, kick back and relax at Bavaro Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana vacation planner.

You can drive from Bayahibe to Punta Cana in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Punta Cana can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Dominican Republic travel guide

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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.