Although one of the quieter towns in the Dominican Republic, La Romana still has plenty to recommend it to tourists. The type of activities you plan to do will dictate the best choice of transportation. While renting a car is a popular option for those who will be doing a lot of sightseeing, taxis are the next best choice for those who will stick close to their hotel for the majority of their getaway.
Unlike the yellow cabs with checked doors and dome lights on the roof, taxis on the island have no markings that set them apart from other privately owned vehicles on the road. This can not only make it difficult to hail a cab on the street, but it can make doing so dangerous. Reports of unlicensed drivers picking up passengers and over-charging them have been made, as well as a few times when muggings and even physical assaults have occurred.
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To avoid being swindled, consider calling ahead and having a taxi pick you up. The concierge at your hotel can do this for you, but you are free to call as well. When you do, the operator will describe the vehicle that is picking you up, let you know when it will be there, and even give you the license number of the driver so that you can reference it when he or she arrives and be sure you're getting into the right vehicle. Taxi operators in La Romana want to keep their name pristine, and will often perform background checks on their potential drivers to make sure they are putting a safe and lawful driver out on the streets.
Taxis in La Romana are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, though they may charge extra after dark.
See the following table for taxi agencies that serve La Romana.
|(809) 556-5313||La Romana|
|(809) 556-4050||Av Gral G Luperon 12 - La Romana|
In La Romana, you won't find meters running at the front of the cab, or even set rates that you can memorize for all of the attractions you'll be visiting. Here, each taxi company is privy to setting their own rates. The best thing to do is to confer with your driver before you take off. In town, you'll probably spend $10(USD) or less on a ride, but as you might expect, the greater the distance traveled, the higher your rate will be. Pick up from the, for example, could cost around $60(USD).
Taxi drivers can also be hired as tour guides. Again, you'll have to settle on the charge with the driver or the operator you speak to on the phone when you make the reservation. Typically it will be a certain amount per hour.
Make sure to keep small bills in local currency on you, because drivers will only very rarely make change. With that in mind, you'll also want to be sure to have an extra 15 percent on hand for a tip.
The table below provides some cab fares for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 120.00||Punta Cana||La Romana|
|$ 120.00||Punta Cana||Bayahibe|
|$ 120.00 - $ 150.00||La Romana Port||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|$ 52.10 - $ 60.00||Punta Cana International Airport||La Romana|
|$ 15.00 - $ 19.00||La Romana Port||La Romana|
|$ 120.00 - $ 150.00||La Romana Port||Punta Cana|
|$ 15.00 - $ 19.00||La Romana Port||Casa De Campo|
|$ 20.00 - $ 25.00||La Romana Port||Altos De Chavon|
|$ 20.00 - $ 25.00||La Romana Port||La Romana International Airport|
|$ 20.00 - $ 25.00||La Romana Port||Casa De Campo Marina|
|$ 45.00 - $ 56.00||La Romana Port||Dominicus Beach|
|$ 100.00 - $ 125.00||La Romana Port||Las Américas International Airport|
|$ 118.50 - $ 138.50||Sans Souci Terminal||La Romana|
If you're traveling in a party of one or two, you may also consider hailing a motoconcho, the Dominican Republic's own unique form of transportation. These motoconchos are basically motorcycle taxis that are privately owned and operated, offering quick jaunts around town. Two passengers will ride comfortably, but it is not uncommon to see up to four passengers and the driver squeeze together. A ride costs about $1(USD) per person, with the price doubling after 6:00 p.m.
Whether you plan to use local taxis once or twice, the service is available to tourists in La Romana no matter when they are in need. With the above information in mind, you'll quickly be able to adapt to relying on someone else to get you where you need to go.
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