Rio San Juan Transportation Options

Learn about each of Rio San Juan's transportation options

Although it now stands as a sleepy fishing village only visited by tourists “in the know” who want a quiet getaway on the beach, the prediction is that soon that will all change.  A golf course is currently being built along with a resort property that hopes to up the amount of people who plan a getaway here each year.  As this town becomes more popular, the chances that transportation options will expand is great, but for now, things remain rather simple to plan.  

Air Travel

If you're traveling to Rio San Juan from New York City, Toronto, Germany, or Spain, there is a good chance you'll be able to book a direct fight into the Samana El Catey International Airport (AZS).  This airport is located in El Catey Village, just about an hour and a half away from Rio San Juan, which is less than half the amount of time it used to take for tourists to fly to Santo Domingo and travel through the mountains.  Everything you need to know about flying to Rio San Juan, including which airlines have regularly scheduled flights, read our guide to Rio San Juan Air Travel.


Because it is a coastal town, many tourists seriously consider sailing instead of flying to their getaway.  Though this is not the most recommended course of action thanks to the rough sailing conditions of the Atlantic, it is possible.  There are ports of entry in Luperon, Punta Cana, Boca Chica, and Casa de Campo, where you would sail in with your “Q” flag high and present a crew list, a list of the boat's stores, and passports for each person aboard.  If cleared (and most people are), you can continue around the island until you find your preferred anchorage site. 


Beginning in December of 2014, Puerto Plata will open a brand new cruise port, providing easy access to cruisers who want to spend their shore time in Rio San Juan.  The drive takes just over an hour, so it is feasible to make it here for a day trip and return before the cruise line takes off.  Carnival is a major player in the construction of this port, so you can expect to for sure be able to visit this destination with one of the most popular cruise lines around. 

Rental Cars

Rental options for vehicles in Rio San Juan are extremely limited, and most tourists will choose to rent a car from the airport and drive into town themselves.  Costs are not bad, usually lower than $100(USD) per day, but you'll also typically be required to place a deposit of $500(USD) on your credit card in order to secure the vehicle.  Driving into town, you'll notice that highways are pretty well maintained, but local roads are not as easy to drive on.  Get tips on driving here, plus learn more about how to rent a car here.


There are no set rates or meters in local taxis, which means settling on  rate with your driver before you take off is extremely important.  In the end, you'll rarely spend more than $8(USD) to get from one part of town to the next, but be sure to tip around 15 percent.  Taxis are not often seen on the streets here, so your best bet is to keep the number of a local operator handy and call when you're in need of a ride. 


One of the most adventurous ways to get around is to hail a motoconcho.  Motoconchos are basically motorcycle taxis.  They cost only $0.50(USD) per person, but can be dangerous because helmets are not provided and drivers will willingly squeeze up to five passengers on the back.  This form of transportation is best used for short trips around town. 

Now that you've learned all that you can about traveling to and around Rio San Juan, you're ready to being making important decisions regarding which form of transport works best for you.  Take some time to weigh your options, and soon you'll feel comfortable making a final decision about how you'll get around. 


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