21 days in Dominican Republic & New York City Itinerary

21 days in Dominican Republic & New York City Itinerary

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21 days in Dominican Republic & New York City Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  17​h
1
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 6 nights
shuttle:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 45​min
3
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
5
New York City, United States
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  14​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

6
nights
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.
Punta Cana is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, head off the coast to Saona Island, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Cana visit planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Punta Cana is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a shuttle to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Swim with Dolphins
Saona Island ©
Saona Island
Bavaro Beach ©
Bavaro Beach

3
nights
Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Romana (Altos de Chavon & Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Museo y Fabrica de Puras, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park of the East.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bayahibe travel app .

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Bayahibe in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bayahibe are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

La Romana
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Altos de Chavon ©
Altos de Chavon
National Park of the East ©
National Park of the East

4
nights
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Santo Domingo is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zona Colonial, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Primada de America, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Royal Houses, and explore the striking landscape of National Botanical Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Santo Domingo vacation planning tool .

You can take a bus from Bayahibe to Santo Domingo in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Los Tres Ojos
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National Aquarium ©
National Aquarium
Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial

3
nights
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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.
Puerto Plata is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, wildlife, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Isabel de Torres, enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada), and take a stroll around The Meeting Place.

To see photos and tourist information, read Puerto Plata attractions tool .

Traveling by car from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Puerto Plata, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada) ©
Golden Beach (Playa Dorada)

2
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and make a trip to Empire State Building.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus, shuttle, and flight from Puerto Plata to New York City takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Puerto Plata in July, you will find days in New York City are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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