26 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

26 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic planner

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Puerto Plata
— 4 nights
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Cabarete
— 2 nights
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Las Terrenas
— 3 nights
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Santo Domingo
— 4 nights
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Isla Saona
— 2 nights
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Punta Cana
— 10 nights
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Puerto Plata

— 4 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.
Spend the 4th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, take in the awesome beauty at Pico Isabel de Torres, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Puerto Plata trip itinerary planning tool.

New York City, USA to Puerto Plata is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from New York City to Puerto Plata due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect nights in Puerto Plata to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cabarete.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Cabarete

— 2 nights
Water sports and adventure tourism have replaced fishing and farming as the focal point of Cabarete.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Sosua Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then explore by horseback at Equestrian Center at Sea Horse Ranch. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the galleries of Kana Rapai, stroll through Cabarete Beach, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cabarete attractions website.

You can drive from Puerto Plata to Cabarete in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Cabarete sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Cabarete

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Las Terrenas

— 3 nights
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Explore Las Terrenas' surroundings by going to Santa Barbara de Samana (Zipline & Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Samana Bay, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Las Ballenas.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Las Terrenas route planner.

Drive from Cabarete to Las Terrenas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Las Terrenas, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Santo Domingo

— 4 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Spend the 12th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of The 3 Eyes National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, pause for some photo ops at Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon), observe the fascinating underwater world at National Aquarium, and step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santo Domingo road trip planning site.

Getting from Las Terrenas to Santo Domingo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Isla Saona.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Isla Saona

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Thu), head off the coast to Saona Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of National Park of the East.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Isla Saona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Santo Domingo to Isla Saona takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Isla Saona

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Punta Cana

— 10 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 find plenty of places to visit near Punta Cana: Parroquia de San Dionisio (in Higuey), Bayahibe (Public Beach Playa Dominicus & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Altos de Chavon (in La Romana). Spend the 18th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Macao Beach, and tee off at Punta Espada Golf Course.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Saona to Punta Cana. July in Punta Cana sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

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.