Las Terrenas status as a resort town in the Samana area of the Dominican Republic is still relatively new, but this shouldn't have a negative effect on the quality of service tourists receive. Case in point, the local taxi companies. Taxis in this area of the country are known for being clean, comfortable, and boasting friendly drivers.
Minivans that seat six passengers is what you'll typically encounter when you ride in a cab in Las Terrenas. The taxi company local to this town is prideful and comes recommended thanks to the cleanliness of their vehicles and the friendliness of the drivers. The taxis are available at all hours of the day and night, so you can be sure that you will never go without a ride.
With one major taxi company in Las Terrenas, you can very quickly find yourself making a routine out of catching a cab. Rather than looking out for a ride on the street, you'll call ahead and speak to an operator who will arrange for a driver to pick you up, then provide you with details about the vehicle and the identification number of the driver so you can make sure you're getting into the right vehicle.
You'll also be able to reserve your rides throughout the day, rather than calling every time. This makes planning a daily itinerary a good idea. You can give the itinerary to the operator, and find a driver waiting for you as you move from one activity to the next with very little wait time in between.
is the one taxi service for which we have information. Give them a call at (809) 240-6391; they're located in the heart of Las Terrenas.
While the amount you pay will depend on where you're traveling to, in general you won't spend much more than $15(USD) for up to six passengers within Las Las Terrenas. Rates here are not set in stone, so you can try negotiating with your driver if you feel that you are being overcharged, but do so politely, or you may end up without a ride.
If you're heading out of town, you'll find rates increase significantly. A ride to Samana is $50, and to get all the way to Punta Cana, you'll pay $360(USD). If you're planning a longer trip, make sure to call and set a reservation.
Regardless of the length of your trip, be sure to have small bills in local currency on hand for payment. It is rare that drivers have money for change, so if you only have large bills you could end up giving a sizable tip, where as 15 percent of the total bill is more commonplace.
Always on the lookout for customers are the operators of the motoconchos, which are essentially motorcycle taxis. This for of transportation is ideal for adventurous travelers who are traveling solo or in pairs (though drivers have been known to try and squeeze up to four people on the back) for short distances. You'll pay about $1(USD) per person, and the price doubles after dark.
For a comfortable ride and an amiable host, taxis are the way to go in Las Terrenas. Although the cost can add up in the end, most agree it is well worth the expense to avoid getting lost and having to drive in an unfamiliar area, not to mention the privacy that comes along with skipping taking the bus.
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