59 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

59 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic trip itinerary planner

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Puerto Plata
— 12 nights
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Las Terrenas
— 6 nights
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Sabana de la Mar
— 2 nights
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Santo Domingo
— 15 nights
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Isla Saona
— 2 nights
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Punta Cana
— 21 nights
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Puerto Plata

— 12 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lunaberg (in Gaspar Hernandez), Sosua (Zipline, Museum of Jewish Heritage, &more) and Cabarete (Cabarete Beach, Encuentro Beach, &more). Spend the 22nd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza San Felipe, enjoy the sand and surf at Cofresi Beach, and examine the collection at Dominican Amber Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Puerto Plata trip builder.

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. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in November: high temperatures in Puerto Plata hover around 87°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Las Terrenas

— 6 nights
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Terrenas: Monumento Natural El Saltadero (in Cabrera) and Santa Barbara de Samana (Tainopark, Zipline, &more). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Bonita, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Coson, and go for a stroll along the water at Playa El Portillo.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Las Terrenas holiday planning app.

Getting from Puerto Plata to Las Terrenas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Las Terrenas sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sabana de la Mar.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Sabana de la Mar

— 2 nights
Sabana de la Mar, usually spelled in English as Sabana de la Mar, is a town in the Hato Mayor province of the Dominican Republic.Sabana de la Mar is located in the northeastern of Dominican Republic, on the southern side of Samana Bay. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Los Haitises National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Samana Bay.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sabana de la Mar travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Las Terrenas to Sabana de la Mar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Sabana de la Mar

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Santo Domingo

— 15 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Venture out of the city with trips to San Pedro de Macoris (Centro Historico Ron Barcelo & Catedral San Pedro Apostol), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Boca Chica) and Nuestra Senora de la Consolacion (in San Cristobal). Spend the 4th (Fri) among the memorable landscape of The 3 Eyes National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, admire the natural beauty at National Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama, and wander the streets of Malecon.

Make your Santo Domingo itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Sabana de la Mar to Santo Domingo takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Isla Saona.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Isla Saona

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): head off the coast to Saona Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park of the East.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Isla Saona trip planner.

Take a bus from Santo Domingo to Isla Saona in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Isla Saona are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Isla Saona

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Punta Cana

— 21 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.
Explore Punta Cana's surroundings by going to La Romana (Altos de Chavon, Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology, &more), Higuey (Basilica Catedral Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia & Parroquia de San Dionisio) and Bayahibe (Conquista Park, Public Beach Playa Dominicus, &more). Spend the 21st (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. On the 6th (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's much more to do: try to win big at Hard Rock Casino Punta Cana, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, enjoy unforgettable views with Dominican Balloons, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Ocean Adventures Punta Cana.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Isla Saona to Punta Cana. December in Punta Cana sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Golf

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.