21 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

21 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic trip planner

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Punta Cana
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Punta Cana
— 7 nights
Shuttle
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Santo Domingo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Las Terrenas
— 1 night
Drive
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Punta Rucia
— 1 night
Drive
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Puerto Plata
— 6 nights
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava

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Punta Cana

— 7 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.
You'll explore and learn at Aromas Museum and Conquista Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bavaro Beach and Tropical Treasure. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: Bayahibe (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more) and Parroquia de San Dionisio (in Higuey). Spend the 23rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Macao Beach, browse the different shops at Palma Real Shopping Village, play a few rounds at Punta Espada Golf Course, and contemplate the waterfront views at Hoyo Azul.

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Bratislava, Slovakia to Punta Cana is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Bratislava to Punta Cana. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bratislava in February; daily highs in Punta Cana reach 33°C and lows reach 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Santo Domingo

— 5 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Do your shopping at Mercado Modelo and Amber Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor and Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon). Spend the 3rd (Wed) among the memorable landscape of The 3 Eyes National Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Alcazar de Colon, make a trip to Zona Colonial, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium, and get to know the fascinating history of Calle Las Damas.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo trip itinerary maker app.

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Las Terrenas

— 1 night
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): kick back and relax at Playa Bonita and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Drive from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Las Terrenas sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Punta Rucia.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches

Punta Rucia

— 1 night
On the 7th (Sun), stroll through Playa de Punta Rucia, kick back and relax at Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena), and then step off the mainland to explore Cayo Arena.

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You can drive from Las Terrenas to Punta Rucia in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Punta Rucia when traveling from Las Terrenas in March, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Punta Rucia

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Puerto Plata

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fortaleza San Felipe and Casa de Arte Sosua. Head to Espigon Cigars and Casa de Culturafor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puerto Plata: Sosua Beach (in Sosua) and Cabarete Beach (in Cabarete). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, see the interesting displays at Macorix House of Rum, take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and take in the awesome beauty at Pico Isabel de Torres.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read our Puerto Plata online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Punta Rucia to Puerto Plata takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Puerto Plata sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.