Tourism Portal for Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Time in Cabarete: Sat, Sep 20th, 2014; 10:02 PM

Transportation To, From and Around Cabarete

There are several forms of transportation you can take to, from and around Cabarete, and choosing the best one depends on your budget and the amount of time you have to get to your destination. The following is a list of those options, where they travel, and an idea of their costs.

Taxi

Taxis are definitely one of the most comfortable ways to travel in this country. They tend to be spacious and comfortable, air-conditioned vans. The drivers seem to be more conscious of safety than the drivers of the other forms of transportation. Although few speak a lot of English, they can still provide recommendations and are good travel guides to many of the surrounding areas. Rates for most destinations are posted at the taxi stands. In the tourist areas of the north coast, rates are in US$ but you can pay in DR$ at the day's exchange rate. Here is a list of the most common fares.

Taxi Fares:

Public Transportation

There are four types of public transportation - Guaguas, Caro Publicos, Motoconchos and Buses. They are all quite reasonably priced and choosing the right one depends on your specific transportation needs – speed, comfort, length of travel time and destination.

Guagua

Public transportation within, and between towns and villages, is for the most part conducted in privately owned mini-vans, called Guaguas. They’re easy to recognize because they’ll push their horn as they approach, and the driver’s assistant, the Cobrador (fare collector), is likely to be hanging out of the side door waving you in. This form of transport is quite cheap but the vehicles tend to be in poor condition - broken windows, doors that don’t close properly, etc. These mini-vans normally hold 12 passengers but occasionally they will carry up to 20 people, a chicken or two, and who knows what else! They stop anywhere and everywhere along the main road to drop off passengers and pick more up. Taking this kind of journey is always an adventure. They tend to try to cheat tourists on the fare so make sure you confirm the rate before you get in.

The fare anywhere on the main road from Cabarete to Sosua is RD$20, and to Puerto Plata is RD$40 to 50. Try to have the correct amount of Pesos as they (cobradores) are unlikely to have change.

Caro Publico

These are multi-passenger public cars that tend to have signs on the car roof indicating their route (for example, Puerto Plata). They will honk as they approach you and you can let them know you’d like transport by waving them over. They will fill their cars over capacity for example, 4 in the front and 4 in the back, and they charge per person. If you desire to ride more comfortably, you can pay for two persons’ fare and try to get a seat to yourself. Caro Publicos have fixed routes so you check that your destination is on their route before getting in.

Anywhere on the main road from Cabarete to Sosua is RD$25-30 (RD$30-50 after sunset). If you are going on to Puerto Plata, you'll have to change corro publicos in Sosua. From Sosua to Puerto Plata it is another RD$35-50. Try to have the correct amount of Pesos as they are unlikely to have change.

Motoconcho

A unique form of transport in the Dominican Republic is the Motoconcho. These are rides on the back of privately owned motor bikes. You’ll have no problem recognizing them because they’re likely to recognize you first. If you’re on the side of the road, they’ll hold up their hand and beep their horn as they approach you to give you a ride. These are quite popular for short trips, especially within Cabarete. They will also go long distances but riding on a motor bike can be dangerous and nobody wears helmets here.

Anywhere on the main road within Cabarete is RD$25 (double after sunset). Try to have the correct amount of Pesos as they are unlikely to have change. Prices for public transport – Guaguas, Caro Publicos and particularly Motoconchos, usually double at sunset (starting between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.).

Bus

There are 2 major bus companies in the country and they both drive air-conditioned and comfortable 52-seat buses. Their rates are quite reasonable as well. Recently, both had extended their route all the way to Cabarete but these have been suspended because of the taxi and public transportation unions. So, you will have to take a taxi or public transport from their final destination terminal.

Bus Schedules & Rates

Caribe Tours

From Santo Domingo to Sosua

  • Cost: RD $300
  • Duration: 4 and 1/2 to 5 hours
  • From Santiago to Sosua: RD $150
  • Route: Santo Domingo - La Vega - Santiago - Puerto Plata - Sosua
Departure Times Morning (AM) Afternoon (PM)
Caribe Tours Terminal in Santo Domingo 6:00 7:00 8:00 9:00 10:00 11:00 12:00 1:00 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 7:00
Stopover in Santiago 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 1:30pm 2:30 3:30 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30
Approximate arrival in Sosua 10:30 11:30 12:30 1:30pm 2:30pm 3:30pm 4:30 5:30 6:30 7:30 8:30 9:30 10:30 11:30

From Sosua to Santo Domingo

  • Cost: RD $300
  • Duration: 4 and 1/2 to 5 hours
  • From Sosua to Santiago: RD $150
  • Route: Sosua - Puerto Plata - Santiago - La Vega - Santo Domingo
Departure Times Morning (AM) Afternoon (PM)
Sosua 5:15 6:20 7:20 8:20 9:20 10:20 11:20 12:20 1:20 2:20 3:20 4:20 5:20 6:20
Stopover in Santiago 7:00 8:00 9:00 10:00 11:00 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 7:00 8:00
Approximate arrival in Santo Domingo 10:00 11:00 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 4:00pm 5:00 6:00 7:00 8:00 9:00 10:00 11:00

Metro

Cost from Santo Domingo to Sosua: RD$300
Duration: 4 and 1/2 to 5 hours
Route: Route: Santo Domingo - Santiago - Puerto Plata - Sosua - Cabarete
Departure Schedule: 7am, 11am, 4pm.

Cost from Sosua to Santo Domingo: RD$300
Duration: 4 and 1/2 to 5 hours
Route: Cabarete - Sosua - Puerto Plata - Santiago -Santo Domingo
Departure Schedule: 8am, 1pm, 5:30pm.

Car Rental

You can rent a car at the airport. We work with Hispniola.com and TravelPN.com to give you the best rates available. Simply fill out the for below for the best rates. Or, you can check out a list of businesses that rent vehicles in Cabarete.

Internal Flights

There is one company that has internal flights. Routes are between Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, and between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. There is no direct flight between Puerto Plata and Santo Domingo. Go to takeoffweb.com for more info.