35 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

35 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic holiday maker

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Punta Cana International Airport
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Punta Cana
— 12 nights
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Santo Domingo
— 9 nights
Drive
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Las Galeras
— 4 nights
Drive
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Puerto Plata
— 9 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bayahibe (Public Beach Playa Dominicus & Nature & Wildlife Tours), La Romana (Teeth Of The Dog, Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology, &more) and Parroquia de San Dionisio (in Higuey). Spend a day of island exploring on the 5th (Mon) at Saona Island. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at National Park of the East. The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, don't miss a visit to Jesus Maestro Parish, buy something for everyone on your list at Palma Real Shopping Village, and look for gifts at La Perla Dominicana.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Punta Cana tour itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Punta Cana is 1 hour. Traveling from Newark in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Punta Cana, with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Side Trips

Santo Domingo

— 9 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Take a break from Santo Domingo with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Boca Chica, about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Zona Colonial, examine the collection at Museo De Las Casas Reales, browse the different shops at Agora Mall, and contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo road trip planning tool.

Take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Las Galeras.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Las Galeras

— 4 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Las Terrenas (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa El Portillo, &more) and Santa Barbara de Samana (Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings & Zipline).

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Las Galeras trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Las Galeras takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Las Galeras can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Las Galeras

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Puerto Plata

— 9 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 find plenty of places to visit near Puerto Plata: Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) (in Punta Rucia), Cayo Arena (in Monte Cristi) and La Aurora Cigar Factory (in Santiago de los Caballeros). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Cabarete Beach, and cool off at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada).

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Plata travel planner.

Getting from Las Galeras to Puerto Plata by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Galeras in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Puerto Plata, with lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.