31 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

31 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic trip itinerary planner

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Santo Domingo
— 8 nights
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Puerto Plata
— 7 nights
Drive
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Las Galeras
— 2 nights
Taxi to Samaná, Shuttle to Isla Saona
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Isla Saona
— 1 night
Drive
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Punta Cana
— 12 nights
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Santo Domingo

— 8 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Attractions like Zona Colonial and Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Santo Domingo: Juan Dolio Beach (in Juan Dolio) and Hawk Paragliding (in Jarabacoa). Spend the 2nd (Mon) among the memorable landscape of The 3 Eyes National Park. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Calle Las Damas, hunt for treasures at Mercado Modelo, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Santo Domingo tour itinerary planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Santo Domingo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Santo Domingo is minus 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Puerto Plata

— 7 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata and Pico Isabel de Torres. Change things up with these side-trips from Puerto Plata: Sosua Beach (in Sosua), Cabarete (Kayak River Adventures & Spas) and La Aurora Cigar Factory (in Santiago de los Caballeros). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos, don't miss a visit to Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, stroll through Cofresi Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Joyeria Las Americas.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Plata trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Puerto Plata can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Las Galeras.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Las Galeras

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stop by Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then kick back and relax at Playa Rincon. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto El Limon.

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Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Las Galeras takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isla Saona.

Things to do in Las Galeras

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Saona

— 1 night
On the 18th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Saona Island.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Isla Saona road trip planner.

Getting from Las Galeras to Isla Saona by combination of taxi and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Isla Saona

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Punta Cana

— 12 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.
Bring the kids along to Hoyo Azul and Bavaro Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: La Romana (Altos de Chavon, Parque Central Duarte, &more) and Bayahibe (Cueva Padre Nuestro, Public Beach Playa Dominicus, &more). Spend the 21st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Macao Beach, browse the different shops at Palma Real Shopping Village, get interesting insight from Tours, and take an unforgettable tour with Dominicana.pro.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana road trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Saona to Punta Cana. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

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.