Allowing tourists looking for a quiet getaway a haven away from some of the busier areas on the island, Barahona has thus far avoided huge boom of tourism. There are both benefits and disadvantages to this. One of the disadvantages is that taxis are not so prolific here as they are elsewhere in the Dominican Republic. This does not mean you won't be able to get a ride, just that it will be harder to find one driving down the street.
In truth, it is actually recommended that you call for a cab rather than hail one on the street no matter where you stay in the Dominican Republic, so this isn't a terrible inconvenience for most, but the fact that there are not as many taxis readily available is something that potential tourists should be aware of.
The reason you should always call for a cab is that the vehicles tend to blend in with others on the streets because there are no discernible markings that tell you it is a cab you're looking at. This means that if you go to hail a cab, anyone on the street can pull up and pick you up. In the past, this has lead to people ripping tourists off at best, and muggings or physical assaults at worst. The concierge at your hotel will be happy to call you a taxi if you're leaving from there, but you can use the list below if you're out an about and need to call for a ride. Then, the operator you speak with will let you know when the taxi will arrive, what it looks like, and he or she will also give you the driver's identification number so you can make sure you're getting in the right cab.
Children are legally allowed to ride in the laps of their parents when they are in a cab, but not everyone feels comfortable with this. If you'd like to strap your young children in, be sure to bring the appropriate child safety seat from home because the cab will not have them available for you.
is the only taxi service concerning which we have detailed information. You can call them at (809) 524-3003; they're located in the heart of Barahona.
One of the benefits of calling for a cab is that the operator can give you a quote on how much your ride will cost. In Barahona, taxis do not have meters and the rates are not set by the government. Each cab company has the authority to set their own rates, which means every time you get into a cab owned by a different company you could be subject to different rates. The best thing to do is always confirm the rate with your driver before you take off. Keep small bills in local currency on hand because these drivers rarely have change, and make sure you've also got enough for a tip of about 15 percent of the total bill ready.
Some drivers are also willing to give tours of the area. If you're interested in this, ask your driver what they charge – it will differ by cab. You'll also want to be sure to call in advance to set up a time for a ride if you'll be traveling between cities. Not every driver will be willing to go on longer trips.
Although taxis are not as easy to come by in Barahona as they are in larger cities in the Dominican Republic, tourists should not be discouraged from making this their main form of transportation. All it takes is a simple phone call and you'll be on your way.
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