How do I get to Vela Cabarete?
The Dominican Republic occupies two-thirds of the large Caribbean island of Hispaniola, located about 1500 miles due south of Cape Cod, between the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico. A tropical destination, the rain that produces the lush vegetation is more frequent in the winter months, so expect it to be a little wetter and somewhat cooler in the winter. Generally it will be in the mid-80's during the day and a bit cooler at night. The water temp is between 70-78 degrees Fahrenheit ... leave your wetsuit at home! Most local people speak Spanish as well as some English tourist lingo. The hotels all have some staff that are fluent in English. The Vela Center staff speaks English, Spanish, German, French and Dutch. Getting there is easy, but here are some facts to help you along. This page is subdivided into the following topics:
Flying to the Dominican Republic ... so many airports
When you begin your search of airports in the DR, you will notice there are lots of choice. That is because the DR is on a big island, Hispaniola: the largest of all the island throughout the Caribbean. Here's a list of possible airport you may find ... Santo Domingo (SDQ), Punta Cana (PUJ), Samana (AZS), Santiago (STI) and (the right one) Puerto Plata (POP).
The best airport choice? Puerto Plata (POP)
Puerto Plata (POP) is only 20 minutes drive from Cabarete, and the obvious choice to reduce your total travel time. Many major carriers offer daily flights to POP, with several non-stop options from JFK, ATL, MIA, and others. Note that some airlines (JetBlue and Spirit most notably) will offer great deals to the next-closest airport, Santiago (STI) located a little over 1 hour away. We can schedule a taxi to pick you up upon arrival at either airport, though at a higher cost for the longer trip from STI should be expected. But if you can save enough on your flights to STI, it may be well worth the extra time in the taxi.
Getting to Cabarete by taxi.
After you have cleared immigration and picked up any checked luggage in baggage claim, head for the exits. Outside the airport you will find many young Dominican men eager to help you with your baggage. They will expect a tip, so if you don't want to feel pressured to tip, you should insist that they not pick up your bags.
We suggest that you use the our transfer service, which we normally include in your package automatically. Please make sure that we have your flight information (airline name, flight numbers, and arrival time) and we will schedule your transfers accordingly. The driver will be awaiting your arrival, holding a VELA sign with your LAST NAME on it when you walk through the doors of the main airport exit. In 20 minutes you'll be checking into your hotel and ready for your vacation to begin!