Take a publico as suggested to get to Puerto Plata, do your shopping, hire a taxi to go from place to place if needed. 100 to 150 RD and then when done take a taxi home to Cabarete if you have a lot of stuff, otherwise hop on the carro Publico again.
Does anyone know the cost of useing a taxi to travel to POP for a day of shopping and return to Cabarete? Say 6 hrs or so.
Is it more economical to rent a car for the day?
Maybe it is not of my business Frank. But do you really need to go to POP? Are you 100% sure that you cannot live without those things that you want to buy in POP? Cannot you wait until return to NYC where you can buy anything safely?
Just a thought aloud... nothing personal