20 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

20 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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20 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
Bus + Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Puerto Plata
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Las Terrenas
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
3
Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Bayahibe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Punta Cana
— 7 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  16 h 15 min
End: Bratislava

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) and Key Paradise. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stop by Estrella Avenida, and take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Charcos.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Puerto Plata trip itinerary planning site .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Puerto Plata is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) is minus 5 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Bratislava in April; daily highs in Puerto Plata reach 36°C and lows reach 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena)
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Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata ©
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada) ©
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)
Key Paradise ©
Key Paradise

2
nights
Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Bonita and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, stroll through Playa Ermitano and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Bonita.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Las Terrenas trip itinerary website .

Getting from Puerto Plata to Las Terrenas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Las Terrenas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Playa Ermitano
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Punta Bonita ©
Punta Bonita

3
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Step out of Santo Domingo with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Boca Chica--about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Primada de America, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Ozama, and get great views at Santo Domingo Skyline.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santo Domingo trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by bus from Las Terrenas to Santo Domingo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon
Scuba & Snorkeling
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial

3
nights
Bayahibe

Located on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, the town of Bayahibe has grown from a fishing village into a bona fide tourist destination, with visitors mainly drawn to the many dive sites just off the coast.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bayahibe: La Romana (Altos de Chavon, Teeth Of The Dog, &more). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the striking landscape of National Park of the East, get interesting insight from Tours, and stop by Museo y Fabrica de Puras.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bayahibe journey planner.

You can take a bus from Santo Domingo to Bayahibe in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Bayahibe can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catch the shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

La Romana
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon

7
nights
Punta Cana

Punta Cana ©
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.
Visit Bavaro Beach and Macao Beach for some beach relaxation. Spend a day of island exploring on the 7th (Thu) at Saona Island. The adventure continues: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stroll through Juanillo Beach, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Punta Cana, and kick your exploration up a notch at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Punta Cana online route planner .

You can take a shuttle from Bayahibe to Punta Cana in 2.5 hours. In May in Punta Cana, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Safaris
Swim with Dolphins

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