Las Terrenas Transportation Options

There are many transportation options to review in Las Terrenas

Set along Samana's north coast, Las Terrenas is one of the newest resort areas in the Dominican Republic, drawing people in the with beautiful beaches and plentiful seafood restaurants that draw from the bounty of fresh harvest available just offshore. The ambiance here is entirely laid back, and this atmosphere spills into all walks of life, including transportation. Some would say you can show up without any plans and be just fine, but a much better recommendation is that you take time to plan everything down to transportation.

Getting There

As a city along the coast of an island, Las Terrenas has the unique ability to allow tourists a chance to make water transport the way they choose to travel. Sailing a private watercraft is a possibility, as is cruising though on a much smaller scale – yet, air travel remains the most popular way to get here.

Getting Around

Las Terrenas is great for the independent traveler who wants to rent a car and take exploring the area into his or her own hands, but even more so for those who want to rely on local transportation. Taxis and buses are available, but even more so two forms of transportation you may not have ever even heard of before: motoconchos and carro publicos.

Air Travel

Since the Samana El Catey International Airport (AZS) opened in 2006, getting to Las Terrenas has been a lot less time consuming. At one time, tourists would have to fly to Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo then drive for three or more hours on a not-so-well-maintained highway to get to the town or hope that the local El Portillo (EPS) had a flight from Las Americas available – though it was rare. Now, tourists can book direct flights from New York City or private charters to the Samana El Catey International Airport and drive just 30 minutes to their accommodations. Learn more by clicking here.


It hasn't been too long since the idea of sailing to the Dominican Republic was even a possibility for foreigners, but today it is a very popular way to get to the island. If you've got plans to start your visit in Las Terrenas with an adventurous mode of transportation, you'll want to look into which port of entry is best for you and where you'll dock your boat. The ports of entry are in Boca Chica, Santo Domingo, Casa de Campo, Luperon Harbour, and Punta Cana. As you sail into any of these ports you'll do so with your "Q" flag flying to notify customs officials that you have not been granted entry to the island. When you arrive, you will meet with an official and allow them to review the official documentation of our yacht, a list of the ship's stores, the crew manifesto, and proof of identity for each member aboard. With all of that out of the way, you'll be cleared and able to sail to your site of anchorage.


Millions of people discover the beauty of the Caribbean each year by taking part in a multi-country cruise – and the Dominican Republic is often listed on a stop on the itineraries of top cruise lines. This destination is so popular that there are six different cruise ports, which is outstanding considering there is only one in most countries. Barahona, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Mazanillo, and San Pedro de Macoris all welcome tourists on a regular basis who are sailing in on board a luxury liner. Unfortunately, all of these ports are between two and a quarter to four and a half hours away from Las Terrenas by car, and even longer by bus. So, while it is possible to plan a quick visit to Las Terrenas when you stop on the island as part of a cruise it is very difficult to pull off and certainly time consuming.

Rental Cars

When it comes to renting a car for your stay in Las Terrenas there are a few options to consider. You can pick up your rental as soon as you arrive on the island and drive to your accommodations, pick up the vehicle once you arrive in town, or in many cases, have the car delivered to you at your hotel. This is a free service that many local agencies offer in order to procure business. There are also more rental options outside of your basic four door sedan. Shops in town has bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, and ATV rentals available as well. Get the full run down when you read out guide to Las Terrenas Rental Cars.


In typical Caribbean fashion, taxis in Las Terrenas are usually vans that can hold up to six passengers in a comfortable, air conditioned, and perhaps most importantly, private environment. There are no meters in these vehicles, and although the government regulates taxis, it is up to each company to set their own rates. This inevitably means that you could pay two different drivers two completely different prices to get to and from the same destination. Still, as you begin working on your budget, you can plan on spending less than $15(USD) to get anywhere in town. Find more specific information on local companies and prices by reading our guide to Taxis in Las Terrenas.


Small motorcycles operating as taxis fill the streets of Las Terrenas, zipping around and offering quick rides to tourists who are up for a thrill. This service is called motoconcho and is known for its low price which is usually less than $0.50(USD) per person, but questionable safety since helmets are not available. Some drivers will try and squeeze up to four passengers on at a time, but one or two is really best.


The local bus service in Las Terrenas is called guaguas by locals. Buses tend to be large vans that are not kept in very good condition, always crowded and lacking in air conditioning. But, they only cost about $1.40(USD) for a ride. There are two stops at each end of Calle Principal, and you can ask to get off anywhere along the way. Buses are available from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Las Terrenas is also serviced by a collection of coach buses that are kept in excellent condition and are so well air conditioned that riders report needing a sweater. These buses offer rides to Santo Domingo for about $8.25(USD) and leave about every half an hour from 5:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You can also travel to Santiago De Los Caballeros daily from 6:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $6.70(USD), and Puerto Plata at 6:30 p.m. for the same price.

Carro Publico

Your final transportation option in Las Terrenas is the carro publico. These are five passenger vans that make the rounds through town picking up those who need a ride for about $1(USD) per person per trip. This option is similar to a bus in that is travels along a set route and will continue to pick up passengers until the vehicle is full, yet manages to maintain the feel of a taxi.

Transportation options for Las Terrenas are plentiful, especially once you are within city limits. This is why it is important to arrive with a plan rather than winging it – you don't want to become overwhelmed or waste a single moment of your getaway trying to figure out what to do next.


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