Santiago International Airport (STI)
Travel Time: 90 Minutes
Taxi is the quickest and most comfortable form of transport and the rates are negotiable up to a point. Many of the local taxi’s advertise on facebook and instagram. Check with the hotel front desk to see if they have a personal reference.
Public Transport (+Taxi)
Cost: about US$45
Travel Time: 3 hours
This is the least expensive, transportation option, but it will require a bit more leg and internet work on your part to figure out how the bus and air schedules work out. You DO NOT want to miss your bus. First you will have to take a taxi from the Airport to the Caribe Tours or Metro Tours Bus Stations located in downtown Santiago. The cost of the taxi is about US$20 and takes about 15-20 minutes. Please check the bus schedule for departure times. The bus ride from Santiago takes up to 2 hours and costs about US$10. The buses are air-conditioned so bring a sweater or light jacket for the ride. Once you get to the bus terminal in Sosua, you will need to take another taxi, guagua, or Carrito Publico to Cabarete.
Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International (SDQ)
Travel Time: 4 hours
There will be many taxis outside the airport and finding one that will go to Cabarete is not a problem or you can check with the front desk and on social media for recommendations. Making the journey at night will add extra cost. If you are traveling during the day, and in a hurry, ask your driver to take the faster Pay-toll road #7. It can avoid a lot of daytime traffic and will make the trip much faster. The toll road costs about 500 pesos (US$10). Your negotiations can include the offer to pay this extra charge if you just want to get to Cabarete as quickly as possible. The alternative route takes about 45 minutes longer (depending the congestion through Santo Domingo).
Cost: About US$40
Travel Time: Up to 7 hours
This is the least expensive transportation option but it can be quite a long journey after hours of flight travel. It can take anywhere from 1 – 2 hours after arriving, to pick up your luggage, go through Customs & Immigration, and then travel by taxi to the Bus Station so make sure you know the bus time tables and options. First you will have to take a taxi from the Santo Domingo Airport to one of two bus station, which are located in downtown Santo Domingo: Caribe Tours or Metro Tours Bus Stations. The cost of the taxi is about US$20 to US$30 and if traffic is smooth, the ride is about 30 minutes. The bus ride from Santo Domingo can take about 5 hours. The buses are “highly” air-conditioned so bring a sweater or light jacket for the ride.
If you plan on taking this form of transportation, make sure you consider your time table to ensure you will meet the bus schedule. If you aren’t able to reach the last bus, there are many hotels in Santo Domingo. Make sure you stay in the Zona Colonial or Colonial City. Relax and take in the sights of the capital city and then arrange to take the bus the following day.
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)
Travel Time: 5-6 hours
Taxi from Punta Cana can take a long time, but it is faster than public transport, more comfortable and a private form of transport. The rates are negotiable up to a point. Many of the local taxi’s advertise on Facebook and Instagram. Check with the hotel front desk to see if they have a personal reference.
Cost: US$30 and upwards
Travel Time: about 9 hours
Public transport is an immediate adventure full of taxis and busses. This will mean changing vehicles several times. Consider the challenge thoroughly before you leave the airport! The quickest route: Airport – Vérona – Santo Domingo, and then check out the Santo Domingo to Cabarete section above.
First: Taxi from the Airport to Verón. A few minutes / 13km by taxi. About USD 20 for the taxi. Pay in USD or Pesos.
Taxi rates should be written on a board at the airport. In Verón you can stay overnight in a small, relatively inexpensive hotel.
Second: Verón to Santo Domingo. About 3 hours with a big, comfortable bus. 400 pesos per person (about USD 10), paid in Pesos.
In Verón you will take the Expreso Bávaro Bus as early as you can (first bus leaves at 7am). We recommend getting tickets the day before or even online or by phone a few days earlier (if that is possible) just to make sure you get seats. You should get to the final Santo Domingo bus station (Terminal) at about 10am.
Third: Santo Domingo to Cabarete – see above
At this time there is no scheduled air transport.
Uber and Shared Shuttles
There are options to use these forms of transportation in the larger cities such as Santiago and Santo Domingo, but not in Cabarete. If you have the app and are looking for an adventure give them a try.
Note that the rates and means of transport vary from time to time. This means that the rates shown here may be different from what they actually are.