You may not feel comfortable driving a foreign country, but that doesn't mean you want to give up the privacy that comes with renting a car. Rather than stress yourself out trying to learn the rules of the road, take the time to learn what taxi rides entail and you may find this is the way you'll want to get around.
Whether you need a taxi for a one-time ride, or you'll make it the only way you get around Juan Dolio, it is important to be aware that the service here is probably quite different than what you'd experience back home. For starters, taxis are not marked well enough for visitors to be able to hail a cab on the streets – nor is it safe to do so. Taxis here, which are usually either sedans or vans, blend in with the crowd, making it easy for hustlers to take advantage and overcharge unsuspecting visitors. You can avoid this issue by calling a local operator (you'll find the numbers below), and having a driver pick you up. The person you speak to on the phone will describe what the taxi looks like and give you the driver's identification number, which you should request before you get in the cab.
If you can't find a cab, or simply want one to meet you at your location, you can call one of these taxi agencies:
|(809) 246-5555||191 Caamano Avenue - San Pedro De Macoris|
|(809) 526-3110||Juan Dolio|
|(809) 529-6002||72 Circunvalacion Avenue - San Pedro De Macoris|
|(809) 246-5667||131 Henriquez - San Pedro De Macoris|
When compared to the rest of the Dominican Republic, taxi services here stand out. In most countries, taxis are either metered or have rates set by the government, but in Juan Dolio and throughout the rest of the country, neither determines how much you'll pay. Instead, each taxi operator is able to set its own fares. Because of this, how much you spend with one driver could differ greatly than another, even if you're traveling to the same location. Always make sure to confirm the cost of the ride before you take off, but do be aware you'll rarely spend less than $4.50(USD) to get anywhere in town.
If you want to hire your taxi driver to give you a tour, or drive you to another town, you should call in advance to make arrangements, plus get a quote so you are prepared. Regardless of why you need a ride, make sure to carry small bills because drivers generally do not give change, and know that tips are about 15 percent of the total bill – and you should throw in a few extra bucks if they handle your luggage.
Another transportation option close to the taxi is the motoconcho – or motorcycle taxi. These are privately owned motorcycles that pick up as many as four passengers at a time to take them on quick trips for a small fee. A very small fee. In fact, most trips cost only $1(USD) per person or less.
Wanting to know about local taxi rates? Take a look at the following array of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 165.00||Punta Cana||Juan Dolio|
|$ 40.00 - $ 45.00||Downtown Santo Domingo||Juan Dolio Beach|
Taxis or motoconchos. Whichever option you choose to use, this mode of transportation is a great alternative to renting a car or taking the but in Juan Dolio.
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