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 La Romana (Teeth Of The Dog, Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology, &more), Parroquia de San Dionisio (in Higuey) and Bayahibe (Public Beach Playa Dominicus & Nature & Wildlife Tours). 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, explore the activities along Hoyo Azul, look for gifts at La Perla Dominicana, and buy something for everyone on your list at Palma Real Shopping Village.

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. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Zona Colonial, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, take a stroll through Malecon, and step into the grandiose world of Alcazar de Colon.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo trip maker app.

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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). There's much more to do: 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, trot along with a tour on horseback, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Puerto Plata trip 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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Las Galeras in July since evenings lows in Puerto Plata dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough 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.