44 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

44 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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44 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Punta Cana
— 12 nights
shuttle:  2​h 15​min
2
Bayahibe
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
El Valle
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Pedernales
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Santo Domingo
— 11 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Puerto Plata
— 10 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Newark

12
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.
Punta Cana is known for nature, wildlife, beaches, adventure, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Bavaro Beach, find something for the whole family at Manati Park Bavaro, get interesting insight from Tours, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Punta Cana online trip builder .

Newark, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newark to Punta Cana due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Newark in January, with highs in Punta Cana at 83°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a shuttle to Bayahibe.

Things to do in Punta Cana

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

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bayahibe: La Romana (Altos de Chavon, Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology, & more). And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the masterpieces at Conquista Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Cueva de Chicho.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayahibe day trip planning website .

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Bayahibe in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Bayahibe are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to El Valle.

Things to do in Bayahibe

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
El Valle

El Valle ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at La Playita Beach, then contemplate the waterfront views at Cano Frio, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Rincon. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Los Haitises National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our El Valle road trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bayahibe to El Valle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pedernales.

Things to do in El Valle

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Samana Province, La Playita Beach
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Los Haitises National Park ©
Los Haitises National Park
Playa Rincon ©
Playa Rincon
La Playita Beach ©
La Playita Beach

2
nights
Pedernales

Pedernales ©
The Dominican city of Pedernales is the capital of the Pedernales Province, in the Dominican Republic. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): walk around Parque Eolico Los Cocos and then kick back and relax at Bahia de las Aguilas. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sierra de Bahoruco National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pedernales trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from El Valle to Pedernales in 8 hours. January in Pedernales sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Pedernales

Parks Nature Beaches
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Bahia de las Aguilas ©
Bahia de las Aguilas
Parque Eolico Los Cocos ©
Parque Eolico Los Cocos

11
nights
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santo Domingo: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Boca Chica), Playa Blanca (in Azua) and Los Saltos de Jima (in Bonao). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Zona Colonial, admire nature's wide array of creatures at National Aquarium, explore the historical opulence of Alcazar de Colon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santo Domingo using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Pedernales to Santo Domingo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Puerto Plata.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Los Tres Ojos, Los Saltos de Jima, Santuario San Martin de Porres, Playa Blanca, Lago Oviedo (Lake Oviedo)
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The 3 Eyes National Park ©
The 3 Eyes National Park
Zona Colonial ©
Zona Colonial
Alcazar de Colon ©
Alcazar de Colon

10
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.
Explore Puerto Plata's surroundings by going to Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena) (in Punta Rucia) and Zipline (in Sosua). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ocean World Adventure Park, Puerto Plata, admire the sheer force of 27 Charcos, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada).

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Puerto Plata trip maker site .

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Puerto Plata can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Zipline, Paradise Island & The Mangroves (Cayo Arena)
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 21:
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27 Charcos ©
27 Charcos
Fortaleza San Felipe ©
Fortaleza San Felipe

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