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Getting to Cabarete: Essential Dominican Republic Airport Guide

Posted by Amanda Petty on November 26, 2018
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When planning your trip to Cabarete, deciding where to land may seem like an obvious choice: Puerto Plata – the closest airport! However, a quick scan of flight prices will reveal that this isn’t always the cheapest option, so you may be considering other airports. To help you decide, we’ve written this essential Dominican Republic airport guide on how to get to Cabarete from each airport.

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General Tips

  • When leaving an airport, try to have a mix of US dollars and pesos in small change. Many types of transport won’t have change available.
  • Although you can rent a car at most airports we advise against this unless you are an experienced traveller The roads and driving style in the DR are likely to be a major change of pace.
  • The times and prices shown here are averages at the time of writing, but are subject to change over time. Also, bear in mind that prices can be negotiable in certain circumstances!
  • If travelling by taxi, you’ll likely be charged around $10 extra if you have large equipment like windsurfing gear.

The Airports at a Glance.

While there are eight international airports in the Dominican Republic, this article will only cover the four most relevant. Below are the airports listed from closest to furthest from Cabarete along with average journey times:

Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperón International Airport

Distance: 12.2 miles – Travel time: 20-40 minutes

Santiago de los Caballeros Cibao International Airport

Distance: 42.44 miles – Travel Time: 1.5-3 hours

Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport

Distance: 146.44 miles – Travel Time: 4-7 hours

Punta Cana International Airport

Distance: 239.54 miles – Travel Time: 5-9 hours

Puerto Plata Gregorio Luperón International Airport

This airport is by far the closest and cheapest to travel to Cabarete from. In most cases, the convenience of Puerto Plata airport is just too good to ignore and it is the most popular option with travellers. Here are the best ways to get to Cabarete:

By taxi:

The easiest and most comfortable transport option is to jump in one of the many taxi vans outside the airport. Alternatively, we’d be happy to arrange a taxi for you!

Cost: $35-40USD/$RD1750-2000

Travel time: 20-30 minutes

By public transport:

This is only recommended if you are travelling very light, as few of these options have space for luggage. You have the choice of a guagua (public mini-bus), motoconcho (motorcycle taxi) or carrito (budget taxi). To hail any of these, you’ll need to walk out to the main road.

Cost: $RD30-100

Travel time: 30-40 minutes

Santiago de los Caballeros Cibao International Airport

When balancing cost and convenience, Cibao International Airport is the next best option after Puerto Plata. Here are the options for travelling to Cabarete:

By taxi:

Again, the easiest and most convenient way of getting to your vacation rental is by taxi. You can either grab a taxi at the airport, or let us organise one for you. Make sure the taxi driver has a card displayed showing they are a registered driver. Please bear in mind that prices will be higher at night!

Cost: $100USD/$RD5000

Travel time: 1.5 hours

By public transport:

Taking public transport to Cabarete from Cibao International Airport will take a number of steps, but can be a pretty cost effective way to travel. Here are the necessary steps:

Take a 15 minute taxi from the airport to either Metro or Caribe tours station for $15-20USD.

Buy a ticket to Sosua:

When you arrive in Sosua, you can then take a guagua, motoconcho or carrito for $RD25-100. Alternatively, take an airport taxi for around $RD500 and be in Cabarete in 15 minutes!

Cost: $17-35USD

Travel time: 3 hours

Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport

Given this airport is in the capital, it is often the destination of many conveniently timed flights. Bear in mind, however, that if you choose this airport you will likely need to set aside a whole day for travel. Here are your options:

By taxi:

Unsurprisingly, travelling by taxi is again the easiest way to get to Cabarete from Las Américas International Airport. Upon exiting the airport you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to taxi drivers, so just make sure they have a registration card displayed.

Cost: $200USD

Travel time: 4 hours

By public transport:

Once again, getting to Cabarete this way is cheaper but takes several steps:

Take a 30 minute taxi from the airport to either Metro or Caribe tours station for $20-25USD.

Buy a ticket to Sosua:

From Sosua, you can catch a guagua, motoconcho or carrito for $RD25-100. Alternatively, grab a taxi for around $RD500 and be in Cabarete in 15 minutes!

Cost: $28-42USD

Travel time: 6-7 hours

Punta Cana International Airport

Last but not least, we have the furthest (and priciest) option: Punta Cana International Airport. You might be thinking why this is an option at all, but as it happens, this airport regularly has the cheapest flights available. As you’ll see below, however, the cost saving may not be worth the hassle.

By taxi:

So far on our list, taxi has been the easiest mode of transport, and coming from Punta Cana is no different. Taxi vans are readily available at the airport, and properly registered ones will have their cards on display.

Cost: $400USD

Travel time: 5-6 hours

By public transport:

Of all the public transport options described so far, this one features the most stops:

Hail a taxi from the airport to the Bavaro Express Terminal for around $30USD.

Buy a ticket to Santo Domingo (Parque Enriquillo). This will cost around $RD400 and take approximately 3 hours. It is important to get to the Bavaro Express Terminal around 45 minutes before the departure time to secure a ticket. Click here for the schedule.

Catch a 5 minute taxi to either the Caribe Tours or Metro Bus station for around $RD300.

Buy a ticket to Sosua:

From Sosua, all the options described previously are available to you: guagua, motoconcho, carrito or taxi.

Cost: $50-60USD

Travel time: 9 hours

And there you have it – the best ways to get from the four main airports to Cabarete. Have you found other more convenient or cost effective ways to get to Cabarete? Let us know in the comments below!

  • *Prices listed are an average price. Prices are subject to change based on season, holidays and duration of stay.
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