Punta Cana is one of the areas in the Dominican Republic known for its mega-resorts that are sustained by the beautiful beaches that are easy to spend days on end relaxing on. Because so many people that visit here do so as part of an all-inclusive package, it is easy to forgo renting a car and take a taxi whenever they are in need of a ride.
When you hire a taxi in Punta Cana, you're taking the guess work out of getting around. You don't have to take time to learn driving laws, and you'll never have to worry about getting lost. This is one of the many reasons that taxis are recommendable. Additionally, the drivers, who typically only speak Spanish, are known for their courteous and friendly nature.
What you'll want to watch out for is hustlers posing as taxi drivers. You see, taxis here are hard to tell apart from private vehicles, and tourists can easily be taken advantage of if they don't check for a licensed driver who has an identification number to offer as proof of his or her legality.
It is recommended that instead of trying to hail a taxi on the street you call and arrange a taxi to pick you up at your requested location. When you do this, the operator will not only describe the vehicle that is on its way to pick you up, but give you the driver's personal identification number. You should have no trouble calling and getting a taxi to pick you up 24 hours a day.
The following table enables you to get a hold of a local taxi company.
|(809) 552-0711||Punta Cana|
|(809) 221-2741||Punta Cana|
|(809) 552-0617||Plaza Melia - Pueblo Bavaro|
|(809) 455-1222||Bavaro-Punta Cana Highway - Lotificacion Veron Punta Cana|
...hire drivers by the hour for tours of the area...
The cost of a taxi in Punta Cana is a little more expensive than some of the other less tourist-y towns on the island. Rates are not set and the cabs are not metered, but you can still expect to spend anywhere from $10 to $40(USD) for a ride around town. You'll have to ask your driver how much he or she charges when you get into the cab, and you are free to negotiate as long as you do so respectfully. If you are able to negotiate in Spanish, you'll usually end up ahead because most drivers speak little English.
You can also hire drivers by the hour for tours of the area, or to take you to other cities. The price for these can add up as well, as driver's need to account for not only travel time and gas to get you there, but to get back to Punta Cana.
The following chart shows a few cab fares for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 165.00||Punta Cana||Juan Dolio|
|$ 450.00||Punta Cana||San Juan De La Maguana|
|$ 300.00||Punta Cana||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|$ 150.00||Punta Cana||San Pedro De Macoris|
|$ 200.00||Punta Cana||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|$ 70.00||Punta Cana||Higuey|
|$ 450.00||Punta Cana||Samana|
|$ 175.00||Punta Cana||Boca Chica|
|$ 60.00||Punta Cana||La Otra Banda|
|$ 160.00||Punta Cana||Miches|
|$ 120.00||Punta Cana||La Romana|
|$ 220.00||Punta Cana||San Cristobal|
|$ 200.00||Punta Cana||Sabana De La Mar|
|$ 120.00||Punta Cana||Bayahibe|
|$ 150.00||Punta Cana||Hato Mayor|
|$ 120.00||Punta Cana||El Seibo|
|$ 175.00||Punta Cana||Las Américas International Airport|
|$ 98.60 - $ 113.50||Punta Cana International Airport||Hato Mayor|
|$ 94.00 - $ 108.25||Punta Cana International Airport||San Pedro De Macoris|
|$ 52.10 - $ 60.00||Punta Cana International Airport||La Romana|
|$ 138.25 - $ 159.00||Punta Cana International Airport||Sabana De La Mar|
|$ 120.00 - $ 150.00||La Romana Port||Punta Cana|
|$ 154.10 - $ 177.25||Punta Cana International Airport||Downtown Santo Domingo|
|$ 231.20 - $ 265.88||Punta Cana International Airport||Sanchez|
If you need a quick ride and don't have time to call for a taxi, you may consider jumping on the back of a motoconcho, or motorcycle taxi. The rides cost about $1(USD) a person, and up to four people can ride. Helmets are not provided.
Whether you use a taxi once or twice or throughout the entirety of your stay, it helps to know what to expect. After reading about how to get a hold of a cab and how much you can expect to spend, your trip to Punta Cana should be just a little be easier to manage.
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