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Bávaro & Punta Cana

Getting there & away




The bus terminal is located at the main intersection in Bávaro, near the Texaco gas station, almost 2km inland from El Cortecito.

Expreso Santo Domingo Bávaro Bávaro (809-552-1678); Santo Domingo (809-682-9670; cnr Juan Sánchez Ruiz & Máximo Gómez) has direct first-class service between Bávaro and the capital (US$9, four hours), with a stop in La Romana. Departure times in both directions are 7am, 10am, 2pm and 4pm.

Also at the same terminal is Expreso Romana, with departures to La Romana at 8am and 4pm (US$4.75). To all other destinations, take a local bus (marked Sitrabapu) to Higüey and transfer there. (You can also get to/from Santo Domingo this way, but it’s much slower than the direct bus.) Caliente buses to Higüey leave Bávaro’s main terminal (US$2.50, 1½ hours, every 20 minutes from 5am to 9pm), as does the express service (US$3, 1¼ hours, every hour from 3am to 9pm).

If you have questions, keep in mind that the terminal office is only open from 6:30am to 4pm (and is closed noon to 1pm for lunch).

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Several massive thatched-roof huts make up the complex of the Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana, located on the road to Punta Cana about 9km east of the turnoff to Bávaro. The arrival process, including immigration, purchase of a tourist card (US$10), baggage claim and customs, moves briskly.

American Airlines (809-959-2420), Air France (809-959-3002) and LAN (809-959-0144) all have offices at the airport. Other airlines serving the Punta Cana airport include US Airways, Air Canada, Air France, Continental, Northwest, Corsair, LTU, Iberworld and USA3000.

For domestic air connections, the airline/travel agency Takeoff (809-552-1333; www.take offweb.com; Plaza Las Brisas; 6am-8pm) has daily direct flights on 10- and 19-seat planes between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo (8:45am, one way $115), El Portillo (Samaná; 8:45am, one way $115) and La Romana (one way $23). It also serves Puerto Plata via Romana (one way $170) and El Catey (Samaná; one way $170) via Santo Domingo.

There is a Banco Progreso ATM located in the arrivals area, as well as a Codetel Centro de Comunicaciones (809-688-1153; internet per hr US$2; 8am-6pm). None of the international rental car agencies have booths here; a representative will pick you up upon arrival if reservations are made in advance – otherwise you may have a long wait.

Resort minivans transport the majority of tourists to nearby resorts, but taxis are plentiful. Fares between the airport and area resorts and hotels range between US$10 and US$35 depending on the destination.

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