About midway between La Romana and Boca Chica, San Pedro de Macoris is one of the more urban communities along the southeast coast. Still, its vibrant culture and neo-classic style buildings provide and interesting change of pace and there are plenty of tourists who visit each year to see a different side of the island. Because it is set along a major tourist route, transportation to and around San Pedro de Macoris is plentiful.
Most people will fly into the Santo Domingo and take the bus for about an hour to San Pedro de Macoris. Las Américas International Airport is one of the busiest airports on the island, which allows visitors a greater chance of finding a flight that fits into their schedule. There are, however, two other airports within easy reach of town: (LRM) which is 40 minutes away and (PUJ) which is about an hour and 15 minutes away. A number of factors will come into play as you determine which airport best suits your needs, and you can learn more about flying to San Pedro de Macoris here.in
Those who plan to sail themselves to their vacation in San Pedro will first gain clearance in La Romana, then head to the Port of San Pedro de Macoris at the mouth of the Higuamo River. Although mainly a port of industry, you can find out about anchorage just outside the port by contacting the harbor master at VHF Channel 16. One of the biggest things you need to know about sailing here is that stowaways are becoming a huge problem, so it is common for Navy personnel to search your boat. The best way to keep locals from sneaking in and hiding on your boat while you are out exploring the town is to hire private security.
If you're interested in a quick day trip to San Pedro as part of a cruise excursions, you're in luck. This town is just 40 minutes away from the nearest cruise port which is located in La Romana. Winter is the most popular time for this type of tourist, and buses frequently travel between the two towns making the prospects even better. Carnival and Princess are the two lines that most often frequent this port.
San Pedro is small enough that walking around town is not out of the question. However, if you'd like to take your explorations further you may consider renting a car to get around. There are only a few agencies in town, so most tourists will pick up their vehicle when they arrive at the airport. Renters will always have to be over the age of 21, though 23 is the more common age local agencies will rent to, and you must have a valid driver's license and passport to drive away. Learn more about the entire process here.
Taxi fare in San Pedro de Macoris is on the inexpensive side. It is rare that you'll spend more than $10(USD) including tip to get anywhere within city limits. Still, costs can add up if you take cabs everywhere you go and this often ends up being the most expensive ground transportation options available. The good news is that these vehicles are generally kept clean and the drivers are amiable. Find out more here.
On the opposite side of the coin is the motoconcho, which at $0.50(USD) per person per ride is the least expensive form of transportation available. Motoconchos are motorcycle taxis. This mode of transport isn't for everyone. Drivers can be seen speeding through town with up to five passengers squeezing on the back, and none of them wear helmets. If you're on a budget and only need to take a short ride, it may work out in your favor to hire one – it will be an experience you won't forget.
Another inexpensive form of transportation in San Pedro is the guagua. Guaguas mix taxi and bus services, offering what is known as a public taxi that operates on a set route throughout town. You can flag a guagua down on the street for $1(USD) and get off wherever you like as long as it is on the route. These are not full-sized buses, but vans or minibuses instead.
Full-sized coach buses are available between San Pedro and other towns on the island. These are luxury buses that are air conditioned and sometimes have bathrooms and televisions. They are operated by Caribe Tours and Metro Buses and cost about $10(USD) per hundred miles traveled, making it a great way to see other parts of the Dominican Republic.
Transportation options within San Pedro are numerous, and the town's location between two major tourist destinations makes it easy to get to as well. Whichever option you feel most comfortable with, you shouldn't have a problem making travel arrangements for San Pedro de Macoris.
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