22 days in Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico Itinerary

22 days in Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico Itinerary

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22 days in Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  6​h
1
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
3
Barahona, Dominican Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Bani, Dominican Republic
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
— 1 night
6
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Isla Saona, Dominican Republic
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Ceiba, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  2​h 15​min
11
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  1​h 15​min
12
Carolina, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  45​min
13
Culebra, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​min
14
San Juan, Puerto Rico
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Charlotte, United States

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nights
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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 3rd (Fri), look for gifts at Diamonds International Amber Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): stroll through Cabarete Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Kana Rapai, and then don't miss a visit to La Aurora Cigar Factory.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Plata tour itinerary planning app .

Charlotte, USA to Puerto Plata is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Charlotte to Puerto Plata, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Puerto Plata sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Terrenas.

Things to do in Puerto Plata

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cabarete, La Aurora Cigar Factory
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Safaris
Cabarete Beach ©
Cabarete Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
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Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

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 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Playa Bonita, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Bonita, and then go for a stroll along the water at Playa El Portillo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): look for gifts at Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings, then kick back and relax at Playa El Valle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Moron.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Las Terrenas sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Puerto Plata to Las Terrenas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Las Terrenas sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Barahona.

Things to do in Las Terrenas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Santa Barbara de Samana
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Playa El Portillo ©
Playa El Portillo
Playa Bonita ©
Playa Bonita
Playa Moron ©
Playa Moron

1
night
Barahona, Dominican Republic

Barahona ©
The port city of Barahona provides a convenient base for explorations of the region, while itself possessing an air of simplicity and a welcoming atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at El Quemaito, examine the collection at Escuela Taller y Museo Larimar, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa San Rafael.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Barahona tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Las Terrenas to Barahona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Barahona are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bani.

Things to do in Barahona

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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El Quemaito ©
El Quemaito
Playa San Rafael ©
Playa San Rafael
Escuela Taller y Museo Larimar ©
Escuela Taller y Museo Larimar

1
night
Bani, Dominican Republic

Bani ©
Baní is a capital town of the Peravia Province, Dominican Republic. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the fascinating landscape at Dunas de Bani, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario San Martin de Porres, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral Nuestra Senora de Regla, and finally take an in-depth tour of Centro Cultural Perello.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bani trip planner .

Traveling by car from Barahona to Bani takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santo Domingo.

Things to do in Bani

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Santuario San Martin de Porres ©
Santuario San Martin de Porres
Dunas de Bani ©
Dunas de Bani
Centro Cultural Perello ©
Centro Cultural Perello

1
night
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo ©
Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): make a trip to Parque Colon, experience rural life at Kahkow Experience, get to know the fascinating history of Calle de Las Damas, then see the interesting displays at Amber World Museum, and finally browse the different shops at Agora Mall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Santo Domingo trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Bani to Santo Domingo takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a shuttle to Punta Cana.

Things to do in Santo Domingo

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Calle de Las Damas ©
Calle de Las Damas
Agora Mall ©
Agora Mall
Kahkow Experience ©
Kahkow Experience

2
nights
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at HARRISON'S Fine Caribbean Jewelers, then walk around Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park & Reserve, and then stroll through Juanillo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then go for a stroll along the water at Marina Cap Cana.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Punta Cana trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla Saona.

Things to do in Punta Cana

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Juanillo Beach ©
Juanillo Beach
Marina Cap Cana ©
Marina Cap Cana
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Isla Saona, Dominican Republic

Isla Saona
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Canto De La Playa.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Isla Saona trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Punta Cana to Isla Saona. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 75°F. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to El Yunque National Forest.

Things to do in Isla Saona

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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2
nights
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque National Forest ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) and then look for all kinds of wild species at El Yunque Rain Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Yokahu Observation Tower, then stop by Monkey Threads, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monserrate Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the El Yunque National Forest road trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isla Saona to El Yunque National Forest. July in El Yunque National Forest sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ceiba.

Things to do in El Yunque National Forest

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Luquillo
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El Yunque Rain Forest ©
El Yunque Rain Forest
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls) ©
Cascada La Mina (La Mina Falls)
Yokahu Observation Tower ©
Yokahu Observation Tower

1
night
Ceiba, Puerto Rico

Ceiba
Ceiba is a small municipality in northeast Puerto Rico (U.S.). On the 16th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Reserva Natural Medio Mundo y Daguao and then get outside with Bellaventuras.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ceiba journey planner .

You can drive from El Yunque National Forest to Ceiba in an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ceiba can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Bayamon.

Things to do in Ceiba

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bellaventuras
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1
night
Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Bayamon ©
Bayamón is a municipality of Puerto Rico located on the northern coastal valley, north of Aguas Buenas and Comerío; south of Toa Baja and Cataño; west of Guaynabo; and east of Toa Alta and Naranjito. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at La Marquesa Forest Park, then step off the mainland to explore Palomino Island, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Casa BACARDI Puerto Rico.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bayamon visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Ceiba to Bayamon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Bayamon are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Cabo Rojo.

Things to do in Bayamon

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Casa Bacardi, Palomino Island, La Marquesa Forest Park
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Palomino Island ©
Palomino Island
La Marquesa Forest Park ©
La Marquesa Forest Park
Casa Bacardi ©
Casa Bacardi

1
night
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Cabo Rojo ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at Buye Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Los Morrillos Light, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Sucia.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cabo Rojo trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Bayamon to Cabo Rojo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carolina.

Things to do in Cabo Rojo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Sucia ©
Playa Sucia
Los Morrillos Lighthouse ©
Los Morrillos Lighthouse
Buye Beach ©
Buye Beach

2
nights
Carolina, Puerto Rico

Carolina ©
Known as the "Land of Giants" in honor of its celebrated residents--including poet Julia de Burgos and baseball player Roberto Clemente--Carolina makes a living as both an industrial center and a hub of tourism.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Paseo de la Princesa, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Carolina Children's Museum. On your second day here, catch all the local highlights with The Innovation.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carolina road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Cabo Rojo to Carolina in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and shuttle. July in Carolina sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Culebra.

Things to do in Carolina

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

San Juan, The Innovation
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Carolina Children's Museum ©
Carolina Children's Museum
The Innovation ©
The Innovation
Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa

2
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Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra ©
With much of Culebra a nature refuge, the tropical island has been protected from overdevelopment, chain hotels, and the cruise set.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta Soldado Beach and then kick back and relax at Flamenco Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Tamarindo Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Culebrita Island, and then visit a coastal fixture at Culebrita Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Culebra trip planning site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Carolina to Culebra in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of shuttle and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to San Juan.

Things to do in Culebra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Culebrita Island ©
Culebrita Island
Flamenco Beach ©
Flamenco Beach
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan ©
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, San Juan is the oldest city under U.S.
On the 23rd (Thu), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, appreciate the history behind Plazuela La Rogativa, don't miss a visit to La Puerta de San Juan, then take an in-depth tour of Catedral Metropolitana Basilica de San Juan Bautista, then make a trip to Plaza de la Catedral, and finally make a trip to Paseo de la Princesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Palomino Island, then stroll the grounds of Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, and then pause for some photo ops at Paseo de los Presidentes.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan travel route tool .

San Juan is just a short distance from Culebra. July in San Juan sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Palomino Island
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Paseo de la Princesa ©
Paseo de la Princesa
Palomino Island ©
Palomino Island
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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