Santa Barbara de Samaná
Fly into Samaná’s El Catey International Airport—also called Aeropuerto Internacional Presidente Juan Bosch—with service from various airlines including JetBlue, WestJet and Air Canada. The airport is approximately 40 minutes’ drive to Samaná town. You can hop in a taxi outside the airport.
Caribe Tours (Av. El Malecón #5, Samaná, tel. 809/538-2229, US$7.80 or DP350) offers daily service between Samaná and Santo Domingo, a direct route via the new highway, with various departures. The trip is just two and half-hours long, part of it along winding roads offering spectacularly verdant scenery. Aside from the boletería or ticket boots, inside the Caribe Tours Samaná terminal is a bank teller and cambio for currency exchanges. The bus terminal is also a two-minute ride away from the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa.
Taxi drivers and bike taxis are ubiquitous. Private taxi rides for long distance can be costly and prices are set by the Samaná taxi cooperative (US$40 to Simi Baez Marina roundtrip, US$40 Las Galeras one-way, US$120 Playa Rincón, US$80 El Limon roundtrip, US$120 Las Terrenas roundtrip).
Moto-carritos or motoconchos de carreta are a typical option in Samaná—motorbike drawn carriages. You can easily spot them parked along the Malecón, especially by the main dock. They cost approximately US$5 for a ride and a quick tour around town—a cheaper alternative than taxis.
More to come on getting to and around Las Galeras and Las Terrenas, or grab a copy of Moon Dominican Republic (Moon Travel Guides, 2016 edition).