The most important airports (in alphabetical order) are
- (AZS) Samana, also known as “El Catey”, is located between the cities of Nagua and Samana on the north coast.
- (EPS) Samana, also known as “Aeropuerto Internacional Arroyo Barril” between Sanchez and Samaná.
- (JBQ) “La Isabela” airport in Santo Domingo, mainly for domestic flights, but also receives some flights from other Caribbean islands.
- (LRM) La Romana, on the south-east coast.
- (POP) Puerto Plata, also known as “Gregorio Luperon” on the north coast.
- (PUJ) Punta Cana International Airport, in the east, the busiest in the country.
- (SDQ) Santo Domingo, also known as “Las Americas”, on the south coast near the capital Santo Domingo.
- (STI) Santiago, also known as “Cibao International” in Santiago de los Caballeros (the second largest city in the country).
- (COZ) Constanza, a domestic airport to all Dominican destinations.
- (BRX) Barahona, also known as “Aeropuerto Internacional María Montez”, this airfield was reopened during the earthquake in Haiti to bring first aid to Haitians.
- (CBJ) Cabo Rojo, Pedernales, for domestic use only, near the Cabo Rojo port complex.
You can fly from Europe via Madrid (MAD) or Paris (CDG). From the United States, you can fly from New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Juan, Atlanta or Charlotte. Most European and Canadian cities have charter flights that operate seasonally.
A tourist card will be charged $10 on arrival. This amount must be paid in US dollars or euros. Local currency, pounds sterling or other currencies are not accepted. On most charter flights and some scheduled flights, a $20 departure tax is payable in cash. If you fly with a US airline, departure tax is always included in the taxes when you buy your ticket, so you don’t have to pay anything when you leave.
Taxi fares to nearby hotels are posted at the airport exit.
Taxi from the airport to Santo Domingo (Ciudad Colonial): It costs about $40. There are no “courtesy shuttles” from hotels to airports in the Dominican Republic.
With the boat
There is a ferry that runs between Mayagüez in Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. According to the website, the journey takes 12 hours, leaving Puerto Rico at 8pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arriving in the Dominican Republic at 8am the next morning.
For prices and reservations, visit the Ferries Del Caribe website.