what are my options/prices for getting from PP airport to cabarete. ie public bus / taxi etc
Taxi $35 waiting outside, easy peezy.
Take an airport cab. There is no bus from the airport. You would have to walk several blocks, cross the highway, and stand by the highway to flag a shared taxi (“carrito”) or a minibus (“guagua”). You’ll need to have pesos and small change.
thanks for the options ... what is the charge pp for the shared taxi or a minibus ?
are the main car rental agencies all based in the airport ?
Yes, there are many car rental agencies at the airport, local and international companies.
Sorry can’t help with the cost of the carrito or guagua. I think I may have said minibus when I meant mini-van. Six passengers plus driver in a shared taxi, aka carrito público, usually a small Sentra, and an unknown number in the guagua mini-van.Edited: 11 June 2018, 07:42
You can just grab a cab at the airport. But if you want something more personal get a hold of Angelo at Speedy Rodriguez Taxi and Tours 829-872-3367 (whatsapp). If he is busy he will hook you up with a reliable local in his network.
If you don't have a lot of stuff with you, you can walk 500 meters to the road and grab a guagua, which is a van that stuffs itself full of passengers for $50-100 DOP. They will probably want $100 DOP or so if you have luggage. You will need to make sure your hotel is on the main road and have an idea of where to tell them it is if you want to use this option, Think of it as like a mini-bus that picks up and drops off anywhere on the main road. Although, I wouldn't suggest this option if you are well traveled and adventurous. It is the main way to get around Cabarete, but it can be a little confusing if you don't speak Spanish.
Do not exchange money at the airport. It is a rip off. Get a little at your bank in your country to get you by until the morning.
Guagua worked really well. Van came aftet less than 5 mins and have used a few times more since.
Airport was 100peso each, cab wanted 35usd.
Sosua was 50peso each
One journey had 25 people in the van 😁
Thanks for posting back with your experience, tharobster. You're very brave to be willing to take a guagua with 25 people inside. I mentioned 'unknown number' because there's a joke in town about how many people fit in a guagua. Answer is 'one more'.
Sweet! Glad that worked out for you! Nice work.