El Cabito, Las Galeras, Samaná, Dominican Republic
Rosa & Tomeu: tel.: +1 829-697-9506 (Spanish only)
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Directions to El Cabito
As you enter Las Galeras go straight until you reach the main crossing, 100 m before the road ends at the beach.
Turn right and continue along this road for about 2 km. It is paved for the first km, then turns to dirt.
At the end of this road, turn left, then take the first road to the right. Look for our small signs to help you find your way.
Following this road you will pass some houses and you will see the ocean in front of you. About 50 m past the houses, turn right.
Follow this road as it makes its way up a small hill. After about 700 m you will pass a tall stone wall on your left. El Cabito is about 50 m past the stone wall, also on the left.
- Public taxi (guagua): every half hour, approx. 45 min., 100 RD$/US$3.00
- Guagua drivers probably won’t accept dollars.
- Private taxi: price approx. US$30.00.
From Puerto Plata/Sosua
- Public bus: 2x daily at 7:00 AM and around 2:00 PM , approx. 5 hrs, US$15.00.
- Taxi: approx. US$200.00.
From Santo Domingo
Caribe Tours has several regularly scheduled departures daily to the new bus terminal in Samana, approx. 2.5 hrs, US$10. Then continue by public taxi.
from Santo Domingo
You can take the Caribe Tours bus from Santo Domingo to Samana. Guaguas (public taxis) travel between Samana and Las Galeras every half hour. Catch them at the market in Samana.
Caribe Tours offers 3 buses in the morning and 3 in the afternoon from Santo Domingo to Samana (and back). The cost is around US$10 per person (one way).
In Santo Domingo, Caribe Tours buses leave from the main terminal at Av. 27 de Febrero, Esq. Leopoldo Navarro (Tel.: 809-221-4422) at 7:00 8:30 10:00 in the morning and 1:30 2:30 4:00 in the afternoon.
Ask for the ones which take the new highway and you will need around 2.5 hours to Samana. From there it is another hour to Las Galeras. The last guagua to Las Galeras leaves Samana around 6 pm (before the last Caribe Tours bus arrives!)
from Puerto Plata
Metro buses leave Puerto Plata early in the morning and some around 1:00 PM.
“Transporte Papagayo”, a maroon colored bus with
PUERTO PLATA – SAMANA written on the windshield, leaves Puerto Plata at 6:45 a.m. from the front of the Hospital in Puerto Plata.
This bus passes by Sosua at around 7:00 a.m. It will stop on request to pick up passengers in front of Playero Supermarket., It continues to Nagua and arrives in Sanchez between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Sanchez is the stop for Las Terrenas.
This route arrives in Samana at 10:30 a.m. and departs back to Puerto Plata at 2:00 p.m. You can contact the owner on his cell phone at (809) 749-6415 (Spanish only) for his schedule.
“Transporte El Canario” or the “Chicken Bus”, light blue coloured bus doesn’t have a route every day, but if the owner wants to do a run he will do it.
“Transporte El Canario” will stop in Sosua to pick up more passengers at the same place as the others, in front of Playero Supermarket. The telephone number for “Transporte El Canario” is (809) 291-5594 (Spanish only).
“Colibri” bus doesn’t have much information except that his route is Puerto Plata to Samana and departs Puerto Plata early in the morning from the Hospital in Puerto Plata.
Some private buses leave Samana to Puerto Plata daily. Consult with the driver for the schedule.
from Punta Cana
There is no direct bus connection to Samana but you can take a bus to Santo Domingo (Bavaro Express) approx. 3 hours, US$10.00, and from there catch the Caribe Tours bus to Samana.
Bavaro Express runs 4 times daily from Bavaro, passing Punta Cana, to Santo Domingo leaving in both directions every day at 7 am and 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm. The terminal in Santo Domingo is at Juan Sanchez #31 at the corner of Avenido Maximo Gomez.
Airports and Transfers
- Samana/El Catey AZS, approx. 1.5 hrs, US$80.00
- Santo Domingo/Las Americas SDQ, approx. 4 hours, US$200.00
- Puerto Plata POP, approx. 5 hrs, US$200.00
- Punta Cana (PUJ), approx. 8 hours, US$300.00 + Hotel)
Both fly from a smaller airport Higuero (JBQ) or also called “La Isabela” which is located about 15 miles to the northwest of the capital and Las Americas (SDQ) (the big international airport) is located about 15 miles to the east of the capital. If your final destination is the capital then you have to calculate about 30 min. to go from either of both airports. If you have to move between the two airports then you have to calculate about 50 min. to go by taxi.
In the summer there are fewer international flights to the Dominican Republic than in winter. Some of the following airlines are serving the routes only during the winter.
- LTU / AirBerlin: from Düsseldorf (DUS) to Samana (AZS) and Puerto Plata (POP)
- Condor: from Frankfurt (FRA) to Samana (AZS) and Santo Domingo (SDQ)
- www.jetairfly.com: from Brussels (BRU) to Puerto Plata (POP) and Punta Cana (PUJ)
- www.martinair.com: from Amsterdam (AMS) nach Puerto Plata (POP) and Punta Cana (PUJ)
- www.iberia.com: from Madrid to Samana (AZS)
- XL Airways: from Paris (CDG) to Samana (AZS)
- TUIfly.com: from Helsinki to Samana (AZS)
- White: from Lisboa to Samana (AZS)
- Swiss Air/Edelweiß: from Zurich to Puerto Plata (POP)
From US and Canada
- Air Canada: from Toronto, Montreal and Halifax to Samana (AZS) and Puerto Plata (POP)
- Canjet: from Montreal to Samana (AZS) and Puerto Plata (POP)
- Delta Air Lines: from Atlanta to Puerto Plata (POP)
- Jetblue Airway: from New York (JFK) to Puerto Plata (POP)
Directions from Santo Domingo and Las Americas Airport to El Cabito
The new highway connecting Santo Domingo’s Las Americas Airport with Samana is now open. It is an easy 3.5-hour drive from the airport to Las Galeras.
Coming from Santo Domingo city follow signs to Las Americas Airport and turn left following the sign to Juan Pablo II Highway to Samana, 3 km before the airport.
Coming from Las Americas Airport follow the exit route from the Las Americas Airport north to the main highway. Head west toward Santo Domingo. There is an elevated ramp on the left hand side that takes you to the westbound side of the highway. Soon after you will pass through a toll. You don’t pay the toll this direction (only as you leave the capital). Immediately after passing through the toll there is a right-hand exit for the local access road running parallel to the highway. Be aware, there is a sign for the Samana Highway, but it is small. About 1 km on the access road merge north-bound on to the Samana highway. It is clearly marked.
There are 3 tolls on the Samana Highway totaling about 600 pesos, so you need to have Dominican money with you. Follow the new highway until it intersects with Route 5 (near Nagua). Turn right onto Route 5 and head east toward the town of Samana. You will pass the El Catey Airport soon after turning on to Route 5.
Pass through Sanchez and continue to the town of Samana. There will be signs for a left turn to Las Terrenas/El Portillo. Do not take it. Continue straight.
As you drive through Samana, follow the main traffic route along the water. On your left you will see a long mall with “gingerbread style architecture. At the end of the waterfront, turn left and continue up a long, steep hill. At the juncture at the top of the hill, turn right. Continue along this road for 18 miles. It is not a great road so go slowly, avoiding potholes.
As you enter Las Galeras go straight until you reach the main crossing, 100 m before the road ends at the beach. Turn right and continue along this road for about 2 km (it is paved for the first km, then turns to dirt). At the end of this road, turn left, then take the first road to the right. Look for our small signs to help you find your way. Following this road you will pass some houses and you will see the ocean in front of you. About 50 m past the houses, turn right. Follow this road as it makes its way up a small hill. After about 700 m you will pass a tall stone wall on your left. El Cabito is about 50 m past the stone wall, also on the left.