Transportation from Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) to Cabarete
Please note that the following info may have changed with time, especially the rates.
After passing through Customs & Immigration and picking up your luggage, youll exit the Arrivals Terminal. Its here that youll be met with warm tropical air and the hustle & bustle of people looking to help you with luggage or taxi service. If you would like luggage assistance, the going rate is US$1.00 per piece of luggage. If you do not wish for assistance, just firmly say No thank you, or even better, in Spanish, No gracias. If your vacation does not include airport pick-up, you have two options of transportation to reach Cabarete.
Note that the rates and means of transport are updates from time to time. This means that the rates shown here may be different from what they actually are. Last update: Dec 8, 2008.
Travel Time: 25 Minutes
Taxi is the quickest and most comfortable form of transport and the rates are quite reasonable. Before getting into your taxi, make sure you confirm the rate with your driver. Carrying the correct amount of RD Pesos or US dollars will be helpful, as some drivers do not carry change. Rates for all destinations are posted on a board on the right hand side of the Arrivals Terminal as you exit the building. If you bring windsurf equipment count on adding US$5. It is also a good idea to have Cabarete's map printed out to find the final destination within Cabarete.
Cost: about US$2
Travel Time: 45 minutes
If youre traveling light (one bag) and would like a cheaper and somewhat more adventurous option, you can travel by public transportation. You can either walk 10 minutes, or take a Motoconcho, from the airport grounds to the main road. From here you would cross the road and wait for a Guagua or Caro Publico. All you have to do is wave to vehicles approaching you, and if they are either of these forms of transport, theyll definitely stop to pick you up. There are no timetables for these vehicles so depending on the time of day or night, it can take anywhere from 2 30 minutes before one arrives. If you take a Caro Publico, you will have to switch vehicles in Sosua (a town towards Cabarete, just 10 minutes from the airport). If you take a Guagua, they may stop in Sosua for a couple of minutes but they usually travel on to Cabarete. The journey time takes about 40 minutes but depends largely on the number of stops to drop off, or pick up, others along the route. It is unlikely they will know the specific location of your destination (hotel), so you may be wise to get out in the middle of Cabarete and walk to your accommodations from there.
Make sure you confirm the rate before getting into the vehicle as they tend to overcharge tourists is they think they can get away with it. Its also best to have the correct amount of RD Pesos to pay each leg of the journey. If you do pay in US dollars, do not expect exchange or change.
Motoconcho Cost: RD$20
Travel Time: 2 minutes
Guagua Cost: RD$20-RD$30 + luggage fee RD$10-20/piece
Travel Time: 30 minutes
Caro Publico Cost: RD$25-RD$40
Travel Time: 40 minutes