first of all there is a bus on the south coast, and it is the cheapest way to travel. Second all the comments of the taxis in Barvaro RIP people after people or should I say the "G" word? They all request the american Dollar so I stubarnly give them the fair in pesos! I guess there isnt much that can be done because all types of americans and other nationalities visit this area for a sun filled vacation.
As far as traveling the island, there is no easy answer I can only tell you how I did it after many years of building relationships with locals. It took many downfalls but it can be done! Cuidate!
sounds like all your "years long" relationships with "Locals" did not result in anything named progress???
while for foreigners the cabby rates in PC are usually priced in US$, as most of them as fact do not arrive with any Pesos in the pocket, you can of course pay in DR Pesos and as fact you get the better Rate on doing so, as we "Locals" always pay in pesos and there very very favourable exchange rate from the $ to the Peso brings a 20% discount for a Local on the Cabby fare.
of course there is a Bus on the South Coast, there are many,
and Hey, we have a Bus or two on the Eastshores as well.
reconsider your til now Local Relationships and look for the real locals, they will explain you how it works and what the stuff costs for you as a real local to come around, lol.
some need really YEARS to still be on the Beginning