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PUNTA CANA - GETTING AROUND

By Walking

The best way to get around Punta Cana is by foot if you're staying at an all-inclusive resort. And you won’t have to walk too far as most resorts are right on the beach. If you plan on going beyond the resort, have the hotel concierge call a taxi or walk to the nearest taxi stand.

By Car

If you want to tour along the coast or surrounding towns, you can rent a car on-site at the car-rental desks of all the major resorts. Driving laws, habits, and conditions may be different from the ones you are used to. Be aware that traffic is at a constant gridlock and many traffic rules are often ignored. Also, many resorts will charge a parking fee. Oftentimes a car is not necessary as many visitors are resort-bound at their all-inclusive hotels. A U.S. license is acceptable for those ages 25 or older.

By Taxi

Taxis are easy to come by and fares are negotiable, so always determine the destination and price before your ride. It is a convenient way to get around, however it can get expensive: if you have a concierge call a taxi, expect to pay about $40 for a 20-minute ride. A cheaper option is to walk to the closest taxi stand from your resort for significantly cheaper rates. Ride sharing apps such as Uber are not available at press time.

By Bus

The local buses (or guagua) is an inexpensive way to get around, but we do not recommend it. The schedules are extremely irregular and the busses get very crowded. On the plus side, it is a great way to meet the locals, it’s just not the most efficient means of getting around. If you do ride the bus, make sure to have small bills handy as there are no tickets to ride.

By Taxi Motorcycles (Motoconchos)

Taxi motorcycles are a fun and cheap way to get around, starting around $3. Look for drivers wearing orange vests, as these indicate that they’re part of the local driving union and have some qualification. The downside of these are the high accident rate and lack of helmets available for passengers.