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    Cool Travel from Barcelo Bavaro Beach (Punta Cana) to Santo Domingo?

    Greetings! I am so excited to have found this website - my wife and I just booked our first-ever vacation together, going to Barcelo Bavaro Beach resort in Punta Cana in mid-March. If anyone has stayed at this resort, would love to hear any reviews.

    My main question is this: We are flying in to Punta Cana direct from JFK, but the only direct return flight possibility (because of our late booking, I guess) is from Santo Domingo. How safe, how long, and how expensive is it to travel from the resort to Santo Domingo Airport? I read that the distance is some 200km?

    Thank you very much!

    Mikko

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    Default Re: Travel from Barcelo Bavaro Beach (Punta Cana) to Santo Domingo?

    Originally posted by AinaHukka
    Greetings! I am so excited to have found this website - my wife and I just booked our first-ever vacation together, going to Barcelo Bavaro Beach resort in Punta Cana in mid-March. If anyone has stayed at this resort, would love to hear any reviews.

    My main question is this: We are flying in to Punta Cana direct from JFK, but the only direct return flight possibility (because of our late booking, I guess) is from Santo Domingo. How safe, how long, and how expensive is it to travel from the resort to Santo Domingo Airport? I read that the distance is some 200km?

    Thank you very much!

    Mikko
    You can take a taxi ( forget as tourists, the Higuey bus and taxis combined) between PUJ and the SDQ airport for I'd say around $100- $120 depending on your Spanish and how well you bargain, and the current gasoline price. Budget for the taxi, arrange at least 2 days before hand and reconfirm the taxi the day before and don't try other methods - too much work and risk.

    The hotel ought to be able to do this but I'd watch the rates as there may be payola involved, and probably ask drivers who work the resort/area directly how much "off the books" in cash.

    Allowing to be there two hours before for check-in you need 5 or 6 hours I'd have to imagine.

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    Default Are these guys reputable?

    Thanks, Rick, for the quick response. That sounds pretty difficult, given that our flight would have to be at Noon from Santo Domingo. So we'd have to leat at 7 a.m. or so? My wife and I don't speak ANY spanish, so that makes life that much more difficult... I do understand and speak some Italian so maybe I would understand, but not very well.

    I found this web site: does anyone have experience with them, are they reputable? I'd really like to catch that direct flight instead of a later flight to San Juan, then a five-hour layover before the flight to the U.S...

    http://www.dominicantaxi.com/index.html

    Thanks!

    Mikko

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    Default AinaHukka

    The website you found is Rafael Silva, he is a good guy, book him in advance and you should have no problems. He speaks decent English.
    Tell him Hlywud sent you.

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    Thanks! I'll look into this for sure!

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    Mikko,

    My suggestion would be to take the connecting flight through San Juan - for a few reasons. First of all, you say there'd be a 5 hour layover. Well, you'll be riding in a car for 3 1/2 hours anyway to get to SDQ. Not to mention spending about $125.00 for the ride. Also, when you connect through San Juan, this is your entry into the U.S. You will go through immigration and customs there. This will take up at least an hour (possibly more) of your 5 hour layover time. This is the same drama you'd have to go through in JFK anyway. When you go through immigration and customs in San Juan, you are then on a domestic flight to the U.S. When you get off the 3 1/2 hour flight from San Juan, you will have already went through the immigration and customs, and you can de-plane and exit the airport seamlessly.

    I'm saying this all from experience. Of course direct flights are much more convenient. But not when you have to drive all the way to Santo Domingo and spend another $125.00 in cab fare just for a direct flight.

    Eddie

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    Thanks, Eddie. Do you know is it convenient to leave the airport at San Juan in between the flights? Or are we stuck there for that whole time? I agree, spending that much money on a cab ride is not my idea of fun, but neither is spending five hours in an airport...

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    Yeah, I agree. It's sort of a 6 and 1/2 dozen situation. But the 1/2 dozen won't cost you $125.00!

    No, you're not stuck at the airport in San Juan. If you've finished with immigration and customs and still have time before your JFK-bound flight, I hear there's a beach near the airport. Remember the San Juan to JFK flight is a domestic flight, so you'll be done with all the procedures you go through for an international flight, and won't have to be back at the airport until an hour or so before departure.

    But the two times I've connected in San Juan, I didn't have time to consider leaving, so I've never personally done this.

    The reason I got so into responding to this post, is next month I'm doing the exact same thing as you. I'm flying non-stop JFK-PUJ and then connecting in SJU coming back. I also considered going to SDQ for a non-stop, but decided I'd rather connect than ride 3 1/2 hours from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo.

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    Default Leave at 6 a.m. or so, is my advice

    Originally posted by AinaHukka
    Thanks, Rick, for the quick response. That sounds pretty difficult, given that our flight would have to be at Noon from Santo Domingo. So we'd have to leat at 7 a.m. or so? My wife and I don't speak ANY spanish, so that makes life that much more difficult... I do understand and speak some Italian so maybe I would understand, but not very well.

    Thanks!

    Mikko
    Leave early and ask your hotel , who I pray has SOMEONE speaking english) to arrange the taxi 2-3 days earlier and to confirm it the night before and the price - if you tip the hotel guy $5 he'll go to the wall to save you $10 with the taxi.

    5,6,7 a.m. for a taxi isn't all that early anyway, especially in charter towns with the ridiculous hours the charters fly.

    I fly in and out of SDQ and stay in Boca Chica but there are often people leaving at 4 a.m. in taxis for early flights. Don't forget how much pesos vs. a month's wage that $100 or so US means. (it = 5400 pesos vs. 3,900 pesos minimum MONTHLY wage)

    As to that other idea prepare to pay $200 US change fee plus the fare differential for the San Juan option. you can't just ask for any change you want for free, not lately with the airlines.
    Last edited by ricktoronto; 01-23-2004 at 07:09 PM.

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    Default Barcelo Bavaro Beach

    Hi.

    My wife and I have stayed there twice; once at the Beach and once at the Garden (Caribe). Both were great. You've made a good choice.

    Tom

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