12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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12 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Punta Cana
1
Santo Domingo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Punta Rucia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Cabarete
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Las Terrenas
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Punta Cana

4
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Blanca and Playa Guayacanes. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sambil Santo Domingo and Kahkow Experience. Get out of town with these interesting Santo Domingo side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Boca Chica) and Dunas de Bani (in Bani). The adventure continues: make a trip to Zona Colonial, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de America.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santo Domingo tour itinerary planner.

Punta Cana to Santo Domingo is an approximately 2-hour shuttle ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Punta Rucia.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Dunas de Bani, Playa Guayacanes, Playa Blanca
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Playa Guayacanes ©
Playa Guayacanes
Sambil Santo Domingo ©
Sambil Santo Domingo
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial

1
night
Punta Rucia

Punta Rucia ©
On the 2nd (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Cayo Arena and then stroll through Playa Ensenada.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Punta Rucia trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Punta Rucia takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Cabarete.

Things to do in Punta Rucia

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cayo Arena
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Cayo Arena ©
Cayo Arena
Playa Ensenada ©
Playa Ensenada

2
nights
Cabarete

Cabarete ©
Water sports and adventure tourism have replaced fishing and farming as the focal point of Cabarete.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Caleton, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stop by The Dollar Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Alicia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Encuentro Beach, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Cabarete road trip planning website .

You can drive from Punta Rucia to Cabarete in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cabarete can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Cabarete

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Playa Caleton, Beach Alicia
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Playa Caleton ©
Playa Caleton
Beach Alicia ©
Beach Alicia
Encuentro Beach ©
Encuentro Beach

4
nights
Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas ©
Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Discover out-of-the-way places like Playa Bonita and Playa Rincon. Shop till you drop at Plaza Pueblo Principe and Paseo de la Costanera. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Terrenas: Cascada Lulu (in El Valle), Cayo Levantado (in La Barbacoa) and Santa Barbara de Samana (Tainopark, Museo de la Ballena, & more). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Playa Coson Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Bonita, and take a stroll through Pueblo de Los Pescadores.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Las Terrenas trip itinerary app .

Getting from Cabarete to Las Terrenas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Las Terrenas are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Barbara de Samana, Cascada Lulu, Cayo Levantado, Playa Rincon
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Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Playa Coson Beach ©
Playa Coson Beach
Playa El Valle ©
Playa El Valle

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