Just five miles away from Boca Chica in Santo Domingo is one of the largest and busiest airports in the Dominican Republic. This makes is exceedingly easy to find flights that suit your travel schedule, and likely from a major airport near your home town.
...keep an eye out for scammers...
As aforementioned,(SDQ) is one of the busiest airports in the Dominican Republic. In fact, as it welcomes over three million guests each year and has a runway that measures more than 11 thousand feet long, it is the second largest and busiest airport on the island. Because it is so so busy, there are a few things arriving tourists should be aware of. First, customs officials are not known for their amiable personalities. They are very busy from the start of the day until dusk, and in order to keep things moving along, they keep their tone and mannerisms brisk.
The next thing you'll want to keep an eye out for is scammers. As you move to exit the airport, you'll likely encounter locals hopping to meet naive tourists who will buy their imitation wares, take a ride in their illegal taxi (click here to learn about official taxis), or leave their luggage on the ground for them to steal. The best thing you can do is refuse to buy anything, only get into marked taxis, and always keep your luggage close.
You'll find it fairly easy to book a flight to Santo Domingo from the United States, and many major airlines including and make the trip on a daily basis.
If you're flying from the states this table can be useful. Online services don't consistently know about the least costly options so it can be handy to know which airlines actually offer direct service to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Jet Blue|
Booking a flight from Canada is the most challenging, as there are currently no direct flights to the Dominican Republic from the northern country. Most Canadians will book flights that connect in the United States or elsewhere in the Caribbean, but hiring a chartered plane is a possibility as well.
In recent years, it has become more popular to holiday in the Dominican Republic from Europe. People fly in at least weekly from Paris, Munich, and Frankfurt. Although the flights are not as frequent as in the United States, it is still certainly possible to visit the island from abroad.
Flights from within the region are also easy to come by if you'll be visiting other spots in the Caribbean as part of your trip. Your best bet is to stick to islands with large international airports like Sint Maarten and , both of which have regular flights to Santo Domingo.
Check below for a listing of scheduled air service from other airports in the Caribbean. If you can't take a flight directly from your local airport, making a connection through another airport in the Caribbean may be a good solution.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||LIAT|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines|
|Martinique||FDF||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France|
|Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre||PTP||Air Antilles Express, Air Caraibes, Air France|
|Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands||PLS||Intercaribbean Airways|
|Punta Cana, Hispaniola||PUJ||Air France|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||InselAir|
|The Valley, Anguilla||AXA||Winair|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||Winair|
It takes only about fifteen minutes driving time along Autopista Las Americas to get to Boca Chica. If you're renting a car, you can do so right at the airport as you exit baggage claim, or you can take a taxi to your accommodations. Unfortunately, buses have been prevented from driving at the airport by the local taxi union, so this inexpensive choice of transportation is not an option until you get into town.
Getting to Boca Chica is easy to do, with a major airport just moments away from the heart of town.
The following table shows how to get a hold of one of the regional air charter services.
|(809) 200-0252||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao - 7.7 mi. (12.4 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros||the Dominican Republic|
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