Jarabacoa Taxis

Taxis are a wise choice for tourists who don't want to drive in this mountainous town

There is a lot about Jarabacoa that makes it stand out. It is different than most other cities in the Dominican Republic because of its mountainous terrain, and the fact that it doesn't feel like an over-run tourist attraction. One thing that is similar to the rest of the country; however, is the fact that taxis are used by visitors as a popular form of transportation.

Taxi Companies

Taxis are a great source of transportation for tourists staying in Jarabacoa for a number of reasons: not wanting to risk driving alone on the sometimes rugged terrain is one of the most popular ones. No matter why you decide to take a cab, there are some things you should know.

Taxis here appear to be camouflaged; that is, they blend in with other private vehicles on the street because there are no markings or signs to let you know they are a working taxi. This can be slightly dangerous for tourists because it becomes hard to determine if you're getting in the back of a private car or a licensed taxi. In order to avoid being ripped off or even assaulted, the best thing to do is to call and have a taxi pick you up at a specific location. When you do so, the operator will not only describe the vehicle that is picking you up, but give you the identification number of the driver, which you can ask for when he or she arrives.

Drivers rarely speak English, but still manage to be amiable and welcome hosts, plus they tend to be very safe drivers especially compared to some other options available. Fortunately, taxis are available all day and night, so you never have to worry about missing a chance to get a ride.

Rates, Fares, and Fees

The cost of taking a taxi varies greatly depending on which cab company you hire and where you are going. These vehicles are not metered, and the government has not set rates, so you should always settle on the cost of the ride before you take off. While it is difficult to predict how much you'll spend, it is safe to say that you will almost never spend less than $4.50(USD) for a ride in town.

If your driver offers tours, you'll pay hourly for the entire group, but if you need a ride to another city, the price could be more than double what you'd pay in town to account for the drive back. You'll always want to carry local currency in small bills because drivers hardly ever give back change. Do be sure to tip at least 15 percent of the total bill, and if the driver handles your luggage add an extra dollar per piece.


Motoconchos are motorcycle taxis used to carry up to four passengers at a time for short distances. They are very popular for quick trips because the cost is usually less than $1(USD) per person. Like riding in a taxi with four wheels, you'll want to make sure to settle on the fare before you get on.

Whether you'll use taxis to get around on a daily basis, or it is just a onetime thing, it helps to know what you're getting into when you hop in the back of a cab in Jarabacoa.


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