As a small town just outside of Puerto Plata, Cabarete is most frequented by tourists with plans of spending their days traveling between hotels, restaurants, and beaches. With so few miles traversed, it makes sense for tourists to choose taxis as their main source of transportation during their getaway.
Taxis in Cabarete are air conditioned, comfortable, and spacious, usually taking the form of a van; however, there are very rarely any markings on the vehicle that will set it apart from other vehicles on the road. Instead of standing on the side of the road trying to hail a cab, it is a huge time saver to just call a local company and have someone pick you up. Plus, it is safer to do this. Locals looking to make a quick buck have been known to pick up tourists and overcharge them even when they are not licensed cab drivers. There have even been some cases of muggings and assaults. When you call, the person you speak with will describe the car to you and give you the driver's identification number so you can be sure you're getting in the vehicle with a reputable cab driver. Many local companies even do background checks on their drivers to ensure there will be no foul play.
Language can be a barrier when you take a taxi in Cabarete, because most drivers speak Spanish. When you call, you can ask for a driver that speaks your language, though one may not always be available. Taxis are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so if your travel plans include late nights or early mornings, you won't have to worry about finding a ride.
Do note that children are allowed to ride in the lap of an adult. If you'd prefer your child be strapped in as safely as possible, you'll need to bring a safety seat with you from home.
If you don't see a taxi, or would prefer having one meet you at your location, you can reserve one from these taxi companies:
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There are no meters in the cabs in Cabarete. Instead, each individual taxi company has the authority to dictate their own rates. Even so, most companies charge around the same prices. Rates are posted at the taxi stands in town and change constantly, so this should only be used to give you an idea of how much you'll spend to get around.
Even without speaking the same language, taxi drivers here are great tour guides, so if you're getting a good vibe, try and find out if your driver will take you around to see the . Just as you would before any ride in a taxi, make sure to settle on a rate before heading out on the tour.
Cash is necessary to pay, and it is wise to keep small bills on hand to pay as exactly the price as you can because most drivers won't give change. On that note, a 15 percent tip is the norm here.
Not every taxi in Cabarete is a car or van. You can also ride a motoconcho, which is basically just a motorcycle that can get you around. Motoconchos are pretty popular for short trips around town, and will try and squeeze up to four people on the back of the bike. Motoconchos are extremely cheap. They cost 25 Dominican pesos per person, which is well under $1(USD) depending on the rate of exchange that day.
Quick, individualized service is what you get when you call a taxi in Cabarete. This is just one of the many reasons why it is such a popular transportation option for tourists staying in the area during their tropical getaway.
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