5 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

5 days in Dominican Republic Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Dominican Republic journey maker
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Punta Cana
— 1 night
Santo Domingo
— 1 night
Santa Barbara de Samana
— 1 night
— 1 night
Drive to Gregorio Luperon International Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Washington DC


Punta Cana — 1 night

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.
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Washington DC, USA to Punta Cana is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Punta Cana is 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in January; daily highs in Punta Cana reach 83°F and lows reach 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to take a shuttle to Santo Domingo.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf

Santo Domingo — 1 night

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, remains the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the New World.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Parque Colon, get to know the fascinating history of Calle Las Damas, examine the collection at Museo De Las Casas Reales, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza Ozama, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Agora Mall.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Santo Domingo trip itinerary app.

You can take a shuttle from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Barbara de Samana.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Santa Barbara de Samana — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Tainopark, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then look for gifts at Samana's Picasso: Eusebio dominican paintings.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara de Samana journey planning app.

Getting from Santo Domingo to Santa Barbara de Samana by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sosua.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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Sosua — 1 night

A hub for scuba-diving in the area and adventures along the north coast, Sosua itineraries tend to make good use of the scenic coastline.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sosua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara de Samana to Sosua takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sosua when traveling from Santa Barbara de Samana in January, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
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Dominican Republic travel guide

Beaches · Islands · Zipline
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.