18 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

18 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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18 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Santiago de los Caballeros
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Jarabacoa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Monte Cristi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Punta Rucia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  45​min
5
Cabarete
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cabrera
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Las Galeras
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
La Romana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Santo Domingo

3
nights
Jarabacoa

Jarabacoa ©
Occupying a scenic spot in the foothills of a mountain range, Jarabacoa offers a laid-back atmosphere and a pleasant window into rural Dominican life.
You've now added Hawk Paragliding to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jarabacoa sightseeing planner.

Santiago de los Caballeros to Jarabacoa is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. August in Jarabacoa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 11th (Wed), you'll travel to Monte Cristi.

Things to do in Jarabacoa

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Hawk Paragliding ©
Hawk Paragliding
Salto de Jimenoa ©
Salto de Jimenoa

2
nights
Monte Cristi

Monte Cristi
For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Monte Cristi trip planner.

Drive from Jarabacoa to Monte Cristi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Jarabacoa in August, expect nights in Monte Cristi to be somewhat warmer, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 35°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Punta Rucia.

Things to do in Monte Cristi

Nature Parks Outdoors
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1
night
Punta Rucia

Punta Rucia
You've now added Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Punta Rucia trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Monte Cristi to Punta Rucia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Monte Cristi to Punta Rucia is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monte Cristi in August: highs in Punta Rucia hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. You'll set off for Cabrera on the 14th (Sat).

Things to do in Punta Rucia

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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2
nights
Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata ©
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres.

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You can drive from Punta Rucia to Puerto Plata in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Puerto Plata can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 16th (Mon), you're off toCabarete.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Pico Isabel de Torres ©
Pico Isabel de Torres
Fortaleza San Felipe ©
Fortaleza San Felipe

2
nights
Cabarete

Water sports and adventure tourism have replaced fishing and farming as the focal point of Cabarete.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Casa de Arte Sosua. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stop by The Dollar Shop, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Cabarete trip site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Puerto Plata to Cabarete in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Cabrera.

Things to do in Cabarete

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Sosua
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Cabarete Beach ©
Cabarete Beach
Kana Rapai ©
Kana Rapai

2
nights
Cabrera

Cabrera
Cabrera is a town in María Trinidad Sánchez province, Dominican Republic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Laguna El Dudu.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cabrera road trip site .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Puerto Plata to Cabrera in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Puerto Plata, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cabrera, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. You will leave for Las Galeras on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Cabrera

Nature Parks
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3
nights
Las Galeras

Las Galeras
To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Galeras trip planner .

You can drive from Cabrera to Las Galeras in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Las Galeras, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Las Galeras

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
La Romana

La Romana ©
The city of La Romana offers good access to some of the most popular resorts in the Dominican Republic.
Change things up with these side-trips from La Romana: Bayahibe (National Park of the East, Public Beach Playa Dominicus, & more).

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our La Romana day trip website .

Traveling by car from Las Galeras to La Romana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August in La Romana, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in La Romana

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bayahibe
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National Park of the East ©
National Park of the East
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Public Beach Playa Dominicus ©
Public Beach Playa Dominicus

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