Getting Around Cabarete: Your guide to its public transportation system

Getting Around Cabarete: Your guide to its public transportation system

Cabarete may be a laid-back beach town, but if you don’t know your way around it, it might turn out to be the adventure you did not have in mind. That’s why we’ve prepared a handy guide to help you get around Cabarete easily, while having fun at the same time. By the end of your trip, you’ll know the town like the back of your hand.

How to get to Cabarete from the airport

A great place to start is when you land in the DR.

Puerto Plata (POP)

The DR has four international airports: Puerto Plata, Santiago, Santo Domingo, or Punta Cana. Puerto Plata (POP) is the priciest of the lot. However, if you choose it, you’ll have an advantage. Cabarete is just 20 minutes away. When you’re booking your retreat, just let the Yoga Loft receptionist know your flight number and arrival time, so that we can book your reservation with a cab service. In no time, you’ll be on the beach, enjoying the view as you sip on your favourite fruity drink.

Travelling by Bus

Taking a bus from the airport to Cabarete is another option, if that’s your choice. It’s cheaper than a cab ride but requires a bit of cab hopping. The main national bus companies are Caribe Tours and Metro. Both have stations in Puerto Plata, and the bus schedules are available on their websites.

For around 35RD (less than USD$1), you can enjoy a ride in air-conditioned comfort from Puerto Plata to Sosua. The buses are clean and have toilets. In Sosua, you can take another cab or guagua, and you’ll be in Cabarete in about 15 minutes’ time.

More on the guaguas later!

Santiago Cibao International (STI)

If you arrive at the STI airport, you’ll be near to the DR’s second largest city, Santiago de los Caballeros, or simply, Santiago. A cab ride from Santiago to Cabarete will take around an hour and forty-five minutes, and cost you USD$85-100. However, you can opt for an Uber and get a good deal.

For about 100 RD (USD$2), you can enjoy a comfortable bus ride from Santiago to Sosua. In Sosua, take a guagua or cab and you’ll arrive in Cabarete in 15 minutes’ time.

Las Americas Santo Domingo (SDQ)

We think you would be much better off taking a bus. For one, it’s way more affordable, at 400RD (USD$8).

One thing to remember: the bus stops in Santo Domingo are not located at the airport. You will need to take a cab from the SDQ airport to either the Caribe Tours or Metro depots in Santo Domingo, at a cost of USD$25. Once you’re in Sosua, you can take a cab or guagua to Cabarete.

Punta Cana International (PUJ)

We’re going to be honest. You’ll be in for a long ride, whether by cab or bus, if you arrive at the PUJ airport. So make sure that you have a great book to read or a movie on your phone that you want to watch. If time is of the essence, your best bet would be to take a cab, at a cost of approximately USD$400.

Now, we’ll talk about getting around Cabarete. Prepare for an adventure!

Getting Around Cabarete

Guaguas

Guaguas are public buses that look like panel vans. They run very regularly along the main road throughout the Dominican Republic, with one passing by every five or 10 minutes. The fare is super cheap, around 25RD per person, for most short journeys.

Official guaguas have ID tags and destination names on the windshield. They often bear funny slogans, such as ‘May God help whoever crashes into me’. To stop one, just wave at it as if you were hailing a cab, hop inside when it stops, and tell the assistant where you’re headed.

You get the chance to listen to lively local music, chat with friendly Dominicans (and maybe brush up on your Spanish), and enjoy the sights and sounds of bustling Dominican life. Travelling in a guagua is a “cozy” experience, meaning that it’s incredible that there’s always space for one more person. When you’re ready to disembark, just do what everyone else does: Yell “Aqui, aqui, aqui!” “Llego!” also works.

Motoconchos, aka Moto

If you’ve ever ridden on the back of a motorbike, then you shouldn’t have a problem travelling on a motoconchos. A ride costs around 50RD per person within Cabarete, which is quite reasonable. However, at night, the cost doubles.

Pro tip: always get on and off the Moto from the left side, or you’ll risk getting a “Dominican tattoo”. It’s a burn on the calf when it comes into contact with the exhaust pipe on the Moto.

Carritos

Carrito means ‘little car’ in Spanish. They are public cabs, and are faster than guaguas because they carry fewer people and don’t stop that often. As with the guagua, you hail one heading in your direction by waving it to stop.

Wrapping up

Now that you know how to get to Cabarete from any of the airports, and have an idea of the costs, travel times, and modes of public transportation, you should be better prepared to make the most of your trip in Cabarete. In fact, you’ll be a pro at it.

You’ll definitely have the fun adventure you had in mind.