Due to the mountainous terrain and the aggressive nature of the local drivers, driving yourself around in Samana can be a nerve-racking experience. This is why many tourists choose to forgo renting a car and instead let local transportation guide them. Taxis are a great option for those who have a specific schedule to keep as well as those who prefer a private, quiet ride.
In Samana, taxis are available at all hours of the day or night, so you never have to worry about being able to get a ride. This is a relief for tourists who have plans for early mornings or late nights. The difficulty usually comes in actually hailing a taxi on the street. While they are generally easy to pick out near hotels and a few attractions, in general, it is hard to tell taxis apart from private vehicles so many tourists resort to calling the local cab companies and arranging specific pick up times. When you do this, the operator will describe the vehicle to you and give you the driver's identification number to make looking out for the cab easier on you.
One thing you'll want to be aware of is the danger of getting in an unlicensed cab. Because the taxis are not marked, it is easy for anybody to go around pretending they are a taxi driver. This leads to price gouging and even assault on occasion. This is part of the reason why identification numbers came into play, so if your driver doesn't have one, don't get in the car.
Another tip is to bring a child safety seat from home if you're traveling with young children. Kids are able to sit legally in the lap of an adult when traveling in a taxi, so if this isn't something you're comfortable with, you'll want to be prepared.
Check out this next table to find out how to call local taxi services whenever you are needing a ride.
|Optima Taxi Samana||(829) 351-2315||Marina Avenue - Samana|
|Tour Samana With Terry||(809) 538-3179||Marina Avenue - Samana|
...end up negotiating...
The cost of taking a taxi in Samana will differ depending on the service you ask for, and even which cab company you ride with. Taxis here are not metered and they don't have set rates. You can ask the operator when you call for a taxi to give you an estimate, but when you get into the car you'll basically end up negotiating with your driver. Ask how much he or she typically charges to get to your desired destination, then counter with a fare you feel more comfortable with. Eventually, you'll meet in the middle and settle on a rate agreeable to you and your driver. If you're hiring your driver for a tour, you'll pay by the hour, and if you need a ride to another town you'll notice the prices jump up to account for the driver's gas and mileage to get him or her back to town.
When it comes to tipping, 15 percent of the total bill is normal, plus an extra dollar for each piece of luggage the handle.
Curious what taxis cost? Look at this set of examples.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 169.00 - $ 194.75||Downtown Puerto Plata||Samana|
|$ 450.00||Punta Cana||Samana|
|$ 165.00 - $ 180.00||Downtown Santo Domingo||Samana|
Although probably not the safest mode of transportation, motoconchos are popular in Samana. These motorcycle taxis will take up to four passengers (though it is best to keep it to just two) on short rides between destinations for a very cheap rate. It differs by driver, but about $1(USD) is a good standard to keep in mind. Do know that helmets will not be provided as part of this service.
The individualized service that comes with calling for a cab in Samana is almost enough to recommend making this your main source of transport when you visit. There is plenty more that keeps it a top choice, like the ease of travel and the lack of stress involved. Whatever reason has you leaning towards taxi travel, know you'll be in good hands if you decide to skip renting a car and go for hailing a cab.
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