21 days in Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic Itinerary

21 days in Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
— 4 nights
Drive to Vieques, Fly to Culebra
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 6 nights
Drive
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Las Galeras, Dominican Republic
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
— 3 nights
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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
— 4 nights
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Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico

Isla Nena

For sixty years until 2003, most of the Isla de Vieques was closed off to the public, with the US Navy using the island's beaches and surrounding waters for drills and testing of new military machinery, such as bombs.
Visit Secret Beach (Pata Prieta) and Caracas Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Sun Bay Beach. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Vieques Island, explore the ancient world of El Hombre de Puerto Ferro, look for gifts at Isla Vida, and take a leisurely stroll along Malecon.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla de Vieques journey planner.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Isla de Vieques is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Guatemala City to Isla de Vieques, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Guatemala City in November; daily highs in Isla de Vieques reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Isla de Vieques

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

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Culebra, Puerto Rico

Little Island

With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get interesting insight from Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Tamarindo Beach. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Culebrita Island and then enjoy the sand and surf at Zoni Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Culebra online vacation maker.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Isla de Vieques to Culebra in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In November, daily temperatures in Culebra can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Culebra

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Tropical Treasure and Juanillo Beach. Get in touch with nature at National Park of the East and Reserva Ecologica Ojos Indigenas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Punta Cana: Parroquia de San Dionisio (in Higuey) and Bayahibe (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Fishing Charters & Tours). There's lots more to do: tee off at Hard Rock Golf Club, go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cap Cana, and see the interesting displays at Aromas Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Punta Cana online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Culebra to Punta Cana in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, shuttle, and bus. December in Punta Cana sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Las Galeras.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

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Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then stroll through La Playita Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Las Galeras trip planner.

You can drive from Punta Cana to Las Galeras in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Las Galeras are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Las Galeras

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Punta Popy and Playa Coson. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Horseback Riding Tours. It doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Playa Las Ballenas and go for a stroll along the water at Playa El Portillo.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Las Terrenas trip planner.

Getting from Las Galeras to Las Terrenas by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Rancho Lorilar. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Encuentro Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Puerto Plata side-trips: Spas & Wellness (in Cabarete) and Sosua (Museum of Jewish Heritage, Zipline, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Diamonds International Amber Cove, get engrossed in the history at Carmen Factory Gift Shop, take a stroll around The Meeting Place, and examine the collection at Macorix House of Rum.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Puerto Plata tour itinerary website.

Drive from Las Terrenas to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Puerto Plata are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Puerto Rico travel guide

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Historic Walking Areas · Beaches · Forests
A U.S. territory encompassing one big island and several smaller ones, Puerto Rico appeals to visitors from around the globe with its rich history, pleasant climate, natural beauty, and renowned local cuisine. Most tourists take a vacation in Puerto Rico for that classic seaside experience, though the island offers much more than just sun and sand. Tours of Puerto Rico usually start in the city of San Juan, which boasts a trendy bar scene and plenty of art museums for visitors looking to add a bit of culture to their vacation. A short drive from the island's urban centers, pristine rainforests serve as peaceful retreats from the city bustle and ensure plenty of chances to spot wildlife and take exhilarating nature walks.

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.