Guagua, Motoconcho, and Taxi Travel

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Guagua, Motoconcho, and Taxi Travel

Local buses are called guaguas, and although they're not pretty or classy, they'll get you where you're going—not necessarily quickly, but certainly cheaply. You'll marvel at what people bring on the bus; we've seen a musician's kettledrum, a stack of Haitian paintings, and a 25-pound sack of rice. From Playa Juan Dolio near Plaza Oasis, you'll pay about RD$30 to go to San Pedro de Macorís, RD$65–RD$80 to La Romana, and RD$80 for Santo Domingo (be sure to take the express). You'll pay extra for luggage. Though they're crowded and frenetic, using a guagua is doable, and since the typical taxi fare is $60 for less than an hour trip, the guagua will be much easier on your wallet.

Motoconchos (motorcycle taxis) are usually found at the guagua stops. Ride at your own risk.

If you're staying at a hotel, you can arrange a taxi there. If you're an independent traveler, there are a couple of good companies you can call. And if you find a driver you like, get his cell number so you can call him directly.

Taxi Companies

Santa Rosa Taxi (La Romana, 22000. 809/556–5313.)

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