Cabarete is a small village that manages to be both hip and relaxed at once. A beach with an offshore reef, a lagoon, and perfectly green hills make up the topography that keep people outdoors as often as possible during their stay, while the small luxury hotel properties and top-notch restaurants give the spot gown-up appeal. If this sounds like the type of vacation destination you've been dreaming of, you'll have plenty of planning to do before you can make it happen, starting with deciding how you'll get there and how you'll get around when you arrive.
Although flying to Cabarete will likely always be the most popular way for tourists to travel, there are two options that allow travel by sea: cruising and sailing a private yacht.
Cabarete is easily traversed by foot. Everything you need is located within easy reach when you stay in town, and many hotels on the outskirts of town offer shuttle services. When you need something a bit faster, you can rely on rental cars, taxis, and buses along with motoconchos and carro publicos.
The United States, Canada, Europe, and other islands in the Caribbean all offer flights on a regular basis to the clicking here.(POP). This airport stands as the fourth busiest on the island and it is the closest connection to Cabarete by plane at just 25 minutes away by car. After arriving, you can rent a car, hire airport transfer, and even hail a cab to get you to your final destination. You can read more by
It has only been in the last decade or so that sailing to the Dominican Republic has become a popular thing to do, and with Cabarete being a coastal town, it is one of the places on the island that tourists can easily consider sailing to. If you've got the skills to sail a private yacht, or the means to hire a charter a crew, sailing here may be just the adventure you need. Be aware that this town is located on the north coast which is known for its rough waters and often rocky entries, so it is recommended that only experienced sailors make the trip.
You'll approach the dock with your yellow quarantine or "Q" flag flying, and when you arrive a customs official will greet you to review the boat's paperwork and the immigration paperwork of every passenger aboard. You may also be required to pay a few fees, which will typically cost under $100(USD). Once customs has cleared you, you're free to sail to the marina where you have prearranged anchorage.
The fact that there are six cruise ports in the Dominican Republic is a good indication of how popular cruises to the island are. The nearest port is in Puerto Plata, which is close enough that tourists can easily head over to Cabarete during their time ashore.
Tourists interested in being in charge of their own transportation will typically choose to rent a car. The best place to do so when you're staying in Cabarete is at the airport, which will allow you to be in control from the moment you arrive. You can bring a GPS system of your own, ask for a vehicle with one installed, or ask for a map from the rental agency then hit the road and get to exploring the area. The cost of a rental car here can be anywhere from $30 to $120(USD), and you'll need to have a valid passport and driver's license in order to rent. Learn more about renting a car in Cabarete by clicking here.
Aside from perhaps renting a car, taxis serve as the most comfortable way to travel around Cabarete. Hailing a cab gives you the privacy that most people require, as well as the most direct route to your destination. There are a few difficulties when it comes to catching a ride here, namely that taxis easily blend into a crowd because they don't have any discernible markings that set them apart from the other vehicles. Take a moment to learn more about taxis in Cabarete by clicking here.
...hop on the back of a motorcycle...
For about $0.50(USD) a person, you can hop on the back of a motorcycle and get a quick ride to a nearby destination. This unique service is called the motoconcho and is available between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on a daily basis. Don't worry about trying to find a motoconcho to give you a ride, these drivers will usually seek you out.
Buses in Cabarete are typically privately owned minivans and buses called guaguas. The buses run on set routes with stops at popular spots along the way. You'll easily be able to recognize them because the cobrador or fare collector, will hang out the door waving to people at the stop to see if thye'll be getting on. The buses tend to be in pretty rough condition, with no air conditioning and run down seats. Still, well under $1(USD) per person to ride you can't beat it.
There are also two major bus companies, Caribe Tours and Metro Bus which operate full-size buses that travel between the larger cities on the island. These buses are comfortable, clean and do have air conditioning, so a long trip will not be a struggle. There are two routes with the Metro with stops in Cabarete. One leaves from Santo Domingo at 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:00 p.m. while the other leaves from Sosua at 8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. for about $7(USD). You can contact Caribe Tours at 809-221-4422 and Metro Buses at 809-227-0101.
Carro publicos are public cars that operate on a set route but without specific stops. So, you can hop on whenever you see one driving down the road, and ask to get off at any point as long as the driver does not have to stray from his or her route. The driver of a publico will try and squeeze as many passengers into the vehicle at a time regardless of if they know each other, which means you'll likely be riding with strangers. The cost varies, but you'll almost always pay less than $1(USD) per person.
Planning a visit to Cabarete requires a lot of work. You have to consider everything from your budget to your wardrobe, and even how you'll get around. Now that you've taken the time to review what transportation options are available for tourists here, you are better prepared to begin making hard and fast decisions and even begin booking this aspect of your trip.
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