Perhaps because it is not one of the biggest tourist destinations on the island, Las Galeras is not within the immediate vicinity of an international airport. It is; however, close enough that those who want to hide away in this quiet fishing village can feasibly driver to their accommodations with little trouble.
It is about an hour to the nearest airport, which is located in the El Catey village of Samana. (AZS) is the newest international airport in the Dominican Republic, having opened in November of 2006. Designed to welcome international jumbo jets like the popularly used Boeing 747, the asphalt runway is 9,843 feet long, and the terminal can accommodate four of these jets at the same time. Although this airport is not the busiest in the Dominican Republic, it does move over 100,00 passengers through the building each year. Much of the air travel to and from this airport is domestic, but there are direct flights available from international locations that are worth looking into in order to allow tourists to skip having to land in Santo Domingo and drive to the nearby cities that the airport serves like Las Terrenas, Samana, and of course, Las Galeras.
The flights from the United States are currently limited. Onlyhas a regular service from the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, which means those traveling from around the rest of the U.S. will have to book a connecting flight.
offers regular service from several cities in Canada to El Catey, while some better known airlines like provide seasonal flights from Montreal and Toronto.
This chart indicates airlines that have direct service from Canadian cities.
|Halifax, Canada||YHZ||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
Travel from Europe to this airport originates in Germany and Spain, and tourists can get here with, as well as some others.
If you're going to be flying across the Atlantic this list will be useful.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||Thomson Airways|
It takes about an hour headed east on Route 5 to get to Las Galeras from the El Catey Airport. You can rent a car directly from the airport for between $30 and $120(USD) a day, and the highway is smooth enough that you'll be able to get by renting the typical sedan. If you'd like to avoid renting a car, you can also hire a taxi to get you to your accommodations about about $95(USD), but it is best to make this reservation in advance – not every driver waiting at the airport will want to make the long drive.
Getting to Las Galeras by plane may require a transfer or two then a bit of a drive, but in the end, the travel time is worth the quiet getaway that Las Galeras promises its visitors.
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