9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

9 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic travel route planner

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Punta Cana
— 5 nights
Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Punta Cana, Fly to London Gatwick


Punta Cana

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bavaro Beach and Marinarium Excursions Snorkeling Cruise. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Macao Beach and Juanillo Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Punta Cana side-trips: Altos de Chavon (in La Romana) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Bayahibe). Spend the 20th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Hoyo Azul, stop by Nino's Liquors, and play a few rounds at Punta Espada Golf Course.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Punta Cana trip planner.

London, UK to Punta Cana is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from London to Punta Cana, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in March, with highs in Punta Cana at 34°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Santo Domingo

— 3 nights
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
On the 25th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon) and then don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Nuestra Senora De La Altagracia, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, then steep yourself in history at Alcazar de Colon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, and finally explore the ancient world of Monasterio de San Francisco.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo road trip planner.

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 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites · Museums

Dominican Republic travel guide

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.