get to Boca Chica, fly into Santo Domingo. The airport is
about 5 miles from Boca Chica.
below links for discounts on flights to Santo Domingo:
There are numerous charter flights from the USA,
Canada, and Europe.
From the USA, regularly scheduled flights come
from Miami, San Juan, Newark, JFK, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis.
Miami - American Airlines (to
SDQ, LRM, POP).
San Juan - American Airlines (to SDQ, PUJ, LRM, POP)
Newark - Continental Airlines (to SDQ, POP)
New York JFK - American Airlines (to SDQ, POP), TWA (to SDQ,
Minneapolis - Northwest Airlines (to POP)
Philidelphia - USAir (to SDQ)
Santo Domingo Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional
La Romana Airport
Punta Cana Airport
I hate to
say it, but the airlines that travel
from the USA to the Dominican Republic FREQUENTLY do not deliver the
luggage that passengers check. The reason is that the flights
are often filled with Dominicans returning home with huge and
fully-stuffed luggage filled with American goods for friends and
family. This is unsual for flights and they can't handle all
the luggage. What happens is that the carriers (especially
American and Continental) will leave off half the bags for the flight
and send them via freight or on another flight. I've taken over 150
flights to the Dominican Republic and about 20% of the time, all my
luggage did not arrive with me on my flight. Sometimes, my
luggage never arrived during my entire trip. It's a real problem.
For some time, Continental was even asking passengers to "select"
one bag as being the "important" bag so as to help them determine which
bags get priority for making the flight.
in mind, if you are staying at a nice resort, some require long pants
to enter the restaurants and if you arrived wearing shorts and your
luggage is delayed, you're out of luck.
Believe me, it's
not fun having to waste 3 hours every day during peak beach time to go
back to the airport to see if your luggage has arrived. If it
did arrive and you choose to have it automatically delivered to your
hotel, you are taking a great security risk and will wait an extra day.
Therefore, I recommend you carry-on what you can't live
without, and for your checked bags, pay the few dollars extra for trip
cancellation and lost luggage insurance below. If your luggage is
delayed, you can get reimbursed for a shopping spree in Santo Domingo!
The most popular way to get around town in Boca
Chica is the Motoconcho, or Motor-Taxi. There are hundreds of
young Dominican men that earn their money by transporting tourists
around town on 100-125cc motorcycles. These are very
convenient for short distances, usually 8 blocks or less. The
cost is fixed at RD$10(US$0.59) per person per stop. These
rates apply from anywhere in Boca Chica to anywhere else in Boca Chica.
Be careful. It is not uncommon to see 3
people on one of the bikes at the same time (driver and 2 passengers)
but anything more than that starts to push the limits of
Travel times by auto.
Boca Chica is 10 min by car east of
Santo Domingo Airport. airline symbol SDQ.
Boca Chica is 1 hr 45 min by car west of La Romana airport, airline
Boca Chica is 4 hrs by car west of Punta Cana airport, airline symbol PUJ.
Boca Chica is 4 hrs by car south of Puerto Plata airport, airline
A taxi from Santo Domingo Airport costs RD$250
(US$15.00). As you exit the customs area of the airport, you
will undoubted receive numerous offers for transportation.
Any taxi will do. Just remember that each person that assists
in any small way will expect a tip, even if all they did was open the
door for you. Don't let them pressure you into paying too
much for luggage handling. As a general rule, tip US$1-2 per
bag, with a $2 minimum and a $5 maximum.
Click to enlarge taxi sign with rates as of July 2003.
Guides and Private Transportation.
Note that travel times can vary considerably
depending on traffic.
Santo Domingo-Puerto Plata, 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours.
Santo Domingo-Punta Cana, 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours.
Santo Domingo-Boca Chica, 25 - 60 minutes (edge of city), 45 - 80
Santo Domingo-Juan Dolio, 45 - 90 minutes (edge of city), 60 - 100
Santo Domingo-La Romana, 1 hour 45 minutes - 2 hours.
Santo Domingo-Samana, 4 hours.
Santo Domingo-Barahona 3 hours.
Santo Domingo-Jarabacoa, 2 hours.
Santo Domingo-Santiago, 2 hours.
Rental cars can be found at large hotels and at
the airport. Consider using only well-known international
franchises. Many of the smaller companies do not maintain
their vehicles well and you don't want to break down some place out in
the country. Also consider that credit card insurance usually
does not cover the vehicle when driven on unpaved roads, which you will
undoubtedly encounter if you drive anywhere off the main
roads. Finally, if you are involved in an accident,
especially if somebody gets hurt, you will likely go to jail and not be
permitted to leave the country until any pending civil action is
There are also small places such as this business
that rent cars and motorcycles, typically older vehicles, at
The easiest and safest way to cross the Dominican
Republic is by bus. The busses are clean, heavily air
conditioned, have plush comfortable seats, and are very
affordable. This is the best way to travel between major
cities. Note that sometimes loud music is played on board and
they often over do it with the air conditioning.
There are two companies that are equally good -
Caribe Tours and Metro Express. They operate 7 days a week,
departing approximately every hour from 7am to 7pm. Any taxi
can take you to the nearest station. Expect a trip such as
the 4 hour journey from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata (includes a short
stop in Santiago) to cost approximately US$6.
Metro Expreso (809) 566-7126.
Caribe Tours (809) 221-4422
between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana
Click on the above web site for E-mail,
flight schedules, fax, and other contact info.
Air Santo Domingo is the first private aviation company to offer
regular flights to major airports in the country:
Santo Domingo / Herrera (HEX)
Puerto Plata (POP)
Punta Cana (PUJ)
El Portillo (EPS)
By special arrangement
La Romana (LRM)
San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)
Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the
Typical price: Puerto Plata to Punta Cana - one way - US$45.
On entry, most tourists will be required to purchase a tourist card,
which costs US$10. In the USA, these can be purchased at the
gate or ticket counter at the final departure city (Miami, Newark, San
Juan, etc.). Check with your airline at check-in.
If you are unable to purchase a tourist card at the airport, don't
worry. They can also be purchased at a small booth located
just before you pass through Dominican Immigration. Don't
forget to bring a pen, since it might not be easy to borrow
one. Visitors will also be asked to fill out a customs form,
which will be given to passengers on board the aircraft.
Dominican Tourist Card (new and old versions) and
both sides of Dominican Customs Form.