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Getting around by air

Regardless of where you plan to travel in the DR, there is an international airport close by. You may even want to consider flying into one place, such as Santo Domingo, and out of say, Puerto Plata, to maximize the time you spend experiencing different areas of the country.

Airports & Airlines

There are nine so-called international airports, though at least three are used only for domestic flights. For information on most, check out www.aerodom.com. Perhaps the cheapest route between North America and the DR is Spirit Airlines' Fort Lauderdale to Santiago (around US$195 round-trip).

Aeropuerto Internacional Arroyo Barril West of Samaná, a small airstrip used mostly during whale-watching season (January to March).

Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao Santiago’s airport is the third-largest in the country, and offers frequent international air service to major destinations. There’s a good selection of rent-a-car agencies at the airport, too.

Aeropuerto Internacional de Puerto Plata (Gregorío Luperón) Most convenient airport for north-coast destinations like the beach resorts around Puerto Plata, Sosúa and Cabarete.

Aeropuerto Internacional La Isabela Dr Joaquín Balaguer This airport is just north of Santo Domingo proper. It handles mostly domestic flights.

Aeropuerto Internacional La Romana Near La Romana and Casa de Campo; handles primarily charter flights from the US, Canada, Italy and Germany; some flights from Miami, NYC and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas The country’s main international airport is located 20km east of Santo Domingo.

Aeropuerto Internacional María Montez Located 5km from Barahona in the southwest; charters only.

Aeropuerto Internacional Punta Cana Serves Bávaro and Punta Cana, and is the busiest airport in the country.

Aeropuerto Internacional Samaná El Catey Located around 40km west of Samaná; Península de Samaná's main air gateway.

Departure Tax

The departure tax of US$20 is almost always automatically included in the price of the ticket.