19 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

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Punta Cana
— 4 nights
Shuttle
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Santo Domingo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Las Terrenas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Puerto Plata
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santo Domingo
— 6 nights
Shuttle
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Punta Cana
— 1 night

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Punta Cana — 4 nights

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 day by day itinerary now includes Coco Bongo Punta Cana, Altos de Chavon and Saona Island. Take a break from the city and head to Macao Beach and Cueva de las Maravillas. Change things up with these side-trips from Punta Cana: Miches (Montana Redonda & Playa Esmeralda).

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Punta Cana trip itinerary maker tool.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Punta Cana International Airport, Casa De Campo International Airport and Las Américas International Airport. In December in Punta Cana, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 26°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Santo Domingo.
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Santo Domingo — 3 nights

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santo Domingo online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Las Terrenas.
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Las Terrenas — 2 nights

Las Terrenas is a town on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of Samaná. For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Terrenas online travel planner.

You can drive from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Las Terrenas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Puerto Plata.
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Puerto Plata — 2 nights

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.
On the 20th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua and then kick back and relax at Sosua Beach. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza San Felipe and then enjoy the sand and surf at Golden Beach (Playa Dorada).

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Puerto Plata day trip planner.

Drive from Las Terrenas to Puerto Plata in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santo Domingo.
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Santo Domingo — 6 nights

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo day trip planner.

Getting from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 27th (Tue), you're off to Punta Cana.
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Punta Cana — 1 night

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Punta Cana holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly.
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Dominican Republic travel guide

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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.
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Samana Province travel guide

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Beaches · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Zipline
Samaná is a province of the Dominican Republic. Its capital is Santa Bárbara de Samaná, usually known as Samaná.Samaná is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. It is known for its mountains of which it is almost entirely formed. Samaná has numerous beaches.On 6 November 2006 the Samaná El Catey International Airport,commenced operations.HistorySamana was discovered by Europeans on January 12, 1493 by Christopher Columbus who was greeted with a barrage of spears and arrows from native Taíno warriors. It is said that this was the first instance of violent opposition to the Spanish conquistadors in the Americas. The Samaná Province is also home to what are known in the Dominican Republic as Americanos de Samaná (Samaná-Americans) where descendants of free black Americans immigrated beginning in 1824. They took advantage of the pro-African immigration policy of then president Jean Pierre Boyer when Samaná was under Haitian rule. This migration to Santa Bárbara, Samaná began with 34 African-American families. Naturally, this African-American culture distinguished themselves from the rest of the Dominican Republic as they maintain many elements of 19th century African-American culture—such as their brand of English, food, games, community organizations, African-American names, manners, music and some recipes that have been preserved as a result of their isolation, which until the 20th century was accessible only by boat. Most are of the African Methodist Episcopal and Wesleyan faith brought to the island by their ancestors.

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