How To Get To Cabarete
From Punta Cana
The best transport options from Punta Cana to Cabarete
This is the second article in a 5-article series we are writing on how to get to Cabarete from the different international airports in the Dominican Republic. The first article focused on getting to Cabarete from the Puerto Plata airport (POP) because it is the closest. That being said, it isn’t always the least expensive, which can lead vacationers unintentionally to a part of the country that is VERY far from their intended destination of Cabarete. Punta Cana seems to be the biggest offending airport, thanks to lots of advertising and cheap flights. So, this article will focus on getting to Cabarete from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).
The main issue with flying into the Punta Cana Airport is it can take anywhere from 5-9 hours to get to Cabarete! So, you will have to weigh whether the price difference is worth it after the money and time you will spend getting here. We would advise that you do not consider flying into Punta Cana at all. If for whatever reason the Puerto Plata airport doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can also look into Santiago International Cibao Airport (STI), Samaná El Catey International Airport (AZS), or Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo (SDQ). When all is said and done, you will spend less time and money by choosing any of these alternatives.
Now that we have tried to stray you away from flying into Punta Cana, we will give you a few options on how you can get here from PUJ, just in case it is a must for one reason or another.
Let us set you up with a taxi (air conditioned minivan) that will pick you up at the airport and drive you here. It will cost you about US$400 and 5-5.5 hours. You can also just walk right outside the airport and pick your own taxi for the same price. Make sure you choose a taxi driver that has a card verifying he is a registered driver. The van will also usually have the little taxi topper on the roof. Best practice is to negotiate the price before you get into the van.
Less Expensive/More Time Option
Take the bus. In reality, you will need to do a lot of hopping in and out of various vehicles, but if you are on a budget and don’t mind adding an extra day to your travel schedule, this option will work fine for most people. Below you will find specific instructions on taking the bus to Cabarete from the Punta Cana Airport:
- Hail a taxi (minivan) at the airport and have them take you to Bavaro Express Terminal, which is located at the crossing known as Friusa, right aside the Tourist Police Palais, in the center of Bavaro. Make sure you choose a taxi driver that has a card verifying he is a registered driver. About US$30. MAP HERE
- Take the Bavaro Express Bus to Santo Domingo (the last stop of Parque Enriquillo is where you want to get off, MAP HERE). These buses are air-conditioned and comfortable, but no toilets on board. Get there at least 45 minutes early to buy ticket, since no advance reservations are allowed. Buses fill up quickly, especially on the weekends. About 3 hours (90 minute rest stop in La Romana) and RD$400. SCHEDULE HERE
- Hail another taxi from the bus stop in Parque Enriquillo and ride to either Caribe Tours or Metro bus station. About 5 minutes and RD$200-300.
- Caribe Tours bus to Sosua departs on the hour every hour.
www.caribetours.com.do Journey time 4-5 hours.
- Metro Bus to Sosua departs 7 am, 11 am and 4 pm
www.metroserviciosturisticos.com Journey time: 3.5 to 4 hours.
- Both have toilets on board, and several rest stops along the way.
- Local’s Tip: There is no proper terminal when you arrive in Sosua, you will be pretty much dropped off on the corner. About 4 hours and RD$400.
- Caribe Tours bus to Sosua departs on the hour every hour.
- Once you are in Sosua, you can take a guagua (public minibus that comes by every 10 minutes or so, you will know it when you see a man hanging out of the door whistling at you, just wave your hand and it will stop) straight to our Condos if you arrive in the day. This is not a great option if you have a lot of luggage. About 30 minutes and RD$30.
- If you arrive at night or have a lot of luggage, you can grab a taxi and be in Cabarete in 20 minutes for about RD$500. Have no fear, there will be a heard of qualified taxis waiting around the stop when you get off the bus.
MAJOR Local’s Tip:
Make sure you negotiate all prices before you get into a taxi or guagua. This is a guide to help you. We cannot guarantee these prices. Also, be sure to leave the airport with a mix of dollars and small change pesos. You will probably find that no one has change on hand when you need it. You also don’t want to get mixed up in an exchange rate disagreement. This is why we suggest having both dollars and pesos. Of course, the Dominican Peso is the local currency, but some things are listed in dollars and not knowing the exchange rate off hand might cost you more than you expect if you are not careful.
TOTAL COST: $25-50 USD
TOTAL TIME: About 9 hours
Most Adventurous Option
Rent a car. We really do not suggest this option unless you are a very seasoned traveller. The roads and drivers may not be what you are used to. We do have a nice new highway, which makes the trip a lot easier than years past. That being said, the driving habits and the number of motorcycles on the road could be a little overwhelming to those who are used to a little more organization. Here is the route you should take to get to our condos. There are tolls along the way, so have some pesos handy.
Most of the route has easy to follow signs. WE STRONGLY ADVISE AGAINST DRIVING AT NIGHT. There are not a lot of street lights, which will make it hard to see the signs and any obstacles, animals, or motos (a large percentage will be missing headlights and/or taillights). Another thing to note if you choose to rent a car, gas is about US$6.50/gal.
TOTAL COST: Car rental (this varies depending on car choice and length of rental) plus about RD$2500 for gas and about RD$500 for the tolls (around US$60 altogether).
TOTAL TIME: About 5.5 hours if you are lucky and maybe more like 7 hours.
DISCLAIMER: THERE ARE SURELY MANY OTHER WAYS TO GET TO CABARETE FROM PUNTA CANA. Make sure you do your own fact checking at the links provided since schedules, prices, and routes may change over time.
If you have any questions regarding getting to our condos from any airport, do not hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to do everything we can to make your trip easy, safe, and as inexpensive as possible.