8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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8 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Portland
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Punta Cana
— 4 nights
shuttle:  2​h 15​min
Santo Domingo
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Portland

4
days
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.
Go for a jaunt from Punta Cana to Parque Nacional del Este to see Isla Saona about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 28th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Bavaro Beach, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, stop by Life is good, and kick back and relax at Macao Beach.

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Portland, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Punta Cana. In March, Punta Cana is much hotter than Portland - with highs of 83°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santo Domingo.

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Isla Saona
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Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach
Swim with Dolphins
Isla Saona ©
Isla Saona

2
days
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at National Palace and then don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, then steep yourself in history at Fort Ozama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America, and finally see the interesting displays at Columbus Lighthouse.

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Traveling by shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in March, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Catedral Primada de America
Catedral Primada de America
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon

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