A remote destination that is attractive to tourists looking for a quiet getaway, Bonao does not have an airport of its own. It takes about 90 minutes to travel here from the nearest airport, but for many people the distance from a busy city like Santo Domingo is part of its charm.
Located in Santo Domingo, right near Boca Chica is the (SDQ). It is the second busiest airport on the island and home to the largest runway, which measures more than 11,000 feet long. Because it is such a busy facility, tourists should arrive prepared to encounter harried customs workers who are brisk and brusk in manner, plus local hustlers who frequent the airport looking for naive tourists to rip off. Avoid buying anything here because it will most likely be a knock off, and make sure you only get into appropriately marked taxis. Additionally, you want to make sure you don't set your bags down because you'll likely turn around and find that someone has walked off with it.
Most major air travel hubs, such as those in south Florida and New York off daily flights to Santo Domingo with major airlines like and . It doesn't take much effort to plan a trip om the United States, and you may even be able to find a flight from near your home town.
The following chart lets you know which airlines have scheduled flights from U.S. cities and the airports from which they are flying. Not all of the options you will be shown on some booking engines are good options so it can be useful to see a summary of which airlines actually offer direct service to this location.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Spirit Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
Although you can get to the Dominican Republic from Canada, it takes a few extra steps because there are no direct flights to the island. Rather, you'll have to hire a charter plane to get you there, or plan a flight that connects through the United States or elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Those on holiday from key locations in Europe can make it to Santo Domingo from major European cities like Munich, Frankfurt, and Madrid. These flights are available once or twice a week, so you'll have to plan accordingly.
If your vacation plans have you traveling to other islands in the Caribbean, you'll find many locations offer daily flights to Las Americas with a number of regional airlines. Sint Maarten, , and the the USVI are examples of other Caribbean nations with connections to Santo Domingo.
See the table below for airline service from other airports in the region. Even if you can't take a flight directly from your favorite airport, making a connection through another airport might prove to be a very good solution.
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||Jet Blue, Seaborne Airlines|
|Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands||PLS||Intercaribbean Airways|
Once you've made it to the Dominican Republic, you'll need to begin your journey to Bonao. Many people rent a car, which can be done right at the airport for between $30 and $120(USD) a day, but others may choose to take a taxi to the center of Santo Domingo then take a local bus, called guaguas by locals, for a less expensive mode of transportation.
If you'll be driving, the trip takes about 90 minutes as you travel west along the south coast, and then northwest through Pedro Brand, Villa Altagracia, and Piedra Blanca before finally making it to Bonao. Taking the bus will take a bit more effort, but will cost much less. You'll first take a taxi to the center of Santo Domingo, asking to be dropped off at Parque Enriquillo and head to the Espinal Bus Terminal. From there, you can take a bus to Bonao for 70 pesos, which is about $1.50(USD).
To enjoy the peace and quiet of Bonao, you'll first have to take the time to plan your travel arrangements, including how you'll get to the Dominican Republic.
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