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NoDramaObama

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Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« on: December 14, 2017, 03:57:31 PM »
I'm in the middle of planning a trip to Sosua. I don't rent cars anymore in DR/Sosua (too risky). I stopped a few years ago. My main mode of transportation is moto concho's in town and publicos between Sosua/Airport/Puerto Plata/Playa Dorado/.

How do you get to/from Puerto Plata at night? Lets say between 10PM and 2AM? What options are there other than the obvious which is an expensive late night taxi....

If I recall correctly, a ONE-WAY taxi between Cabarete and Sosua is about $25 at night. So I'd guess that's a $50 in Puerto Plata...

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2017, 04:07:15 PM »
I'm in the middle of planning a trip to Sosua. I don't rent cars anymore in DR/Sosua (too risky). I stopped a few years ago. My main mode of transportation is moto concho's in town and publicos between Sosua/Airport/Puerto Plata/Playa Dorado/.

How do you get to/from Puerto Plata at night? Lets say between 10PM and 2AM? What options are there other than the obvious which is an expensive late night taxi....

If I recall correctly, a ONE-WAY taxi between Cabarete and Sosua is about $25 at night. So I'd guess that's a $50 in Puerto Plata...

Just like the chicas, publicos. I think it's cien pesos at night.  I have seen dudes that spent all their money on pussy heading to the airport on a moto
because they could not afford a cab lol You can get around fairly cheap if you wanted to there.

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 04:45:14 PM »
I'm in the middle of planning a trip to Sosua. I don't rent cars anymore in DR/Sosua (too risky). I stopped a few years ago. My main mode of transportation is moto concho's in town and publicos between Sosua/Airport/Puerto Plata/Playa Dorado/.

How do you get to/from Puerto Plata at night? Lets say between 10PM and 2AM? What options are there other than the obvious which is an expensive late night taxi....

If I recall correctly, a ONE-WAY taxi between Cabarete and Sosua is about $25 at night. So I'd guess that's a $50 in Puerto Plata...
by publico taxi from across metro station in sosua..... And in puertoplata from the taxi stand next to the hospital.... 100 peso and up depends on the time or negotiate something between 300 to 500 to get the taxi for you alone.... Or befriend one taxi driver and have him bring you all the places you want and then give him 1000 peso its all negotiable i have done it several times...
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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 10:01:48 AM »
I just did Carro Publico from POP to Sosua and back two days ago. Daytime is 70 pesos and nightime is 120 pesos back to POP.

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2017, 05:48:09 AM »
Publico easy, if you don't mind other riders,,,Hatian chica and I took the taxi to cabberatte beach day yeah, She gave the drive 200 pesos one way for the 2 of us so its cheap ,forget the $35  rip off !

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2017, 10:53:32 AM »
As of Nov 1st the new Publico rates are $60.00 pesos before 6pm and $65.00 after each way. Quaggua (small buses) are around the same but stop every 1/4 mile way too slow....

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2017, 12:25:33 PM »
If you pay double and nobody is sitting in front, then you can often sit by yourself.  I've done it before and I've even paid for the entire car in Santo Domingo (family went grocery shopping).  It is cheaper than getting a taxi...
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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2017, 12:58:27 PM »
If you pay double and nobody is sitting in front, then you can often sit by yourself.  I've done it before and I've even paid for the entire car in Santo Domingo (family went grocery shopping).  It is cheaper than getting a taxi...

Assuming the driver doesn't speak good English, how do I tell him I want the entire front seat to myself, or the entire car to myself?

Also, if there are others in the taxi when we leave Sosua, how can I know how long it will take to get to Puerta Plata? Won't I be at the mercy at all the stops for the other passengers?

If it is just me in the taxi am I correct in assuming my trip to Puerta Plata will be nonstop?

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2017, 02:03:21 PM »
If you pay double and nobody is sitting in front, then you can often sit by yourself.  I've done it before and I've even paid for the entire car in Santo Domingo (family went grocery shopping).  It is cheaper than getting a taxi...

Assuming the driver doesn't speak good English, how do I tell him I want the entire front seat to myself, or the entire car to myself?

Also, if there are others in the taxi when we leave Sosua, how can I know how long it will take to get to Puerta Plata? Won't I be at the mercy at all the stops for the other passengers?

If it is just me in the taxi am I correct in assuming my trip to Puerta Plata will be nonstop?

Thanks!

Tell him, quiero pagar para 2 sillas y sentir aqui solo.  Of course this only works if the front seat is empty.

You will be nonstop only if there is nobody else to pickup or drop off.  They will slow down all the time during the trip to try and pick up new customers.  They honk their horn and wave their 2 fingers out the window.  It is very annoying in Sto Dgo with these publicos driving on Av Independencia and the other major roads.
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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2017, 08:54:34 AM »
Just say Todo and point to all the seats. If you are firm with them and say 300 peseos you should be able to get the whole car. Some will try to rip you off and say 400 or 500 pesos but I think it's only 50 pesos a seat although some on here are quoting more I know, but on December 20 I took one to the airport for 300 pesos. They kept telling me more at first but I told them I am not a stupid gringo eventually they gave up. The driver then took me into the airport and dropped me off right at the same place the taxis do. I gave him an extra 50 pesos and he was happy.  I do know that the price goes up at night but even if the publico rips you off it's still way cheaper than a taxi

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2017, 08:59:10 AM »
Also if you catch a few taxis and eventually find a decent driver you can negotiate with him directly and get his WhatsApp. When I was there in December we found a few driver's that we're decent. You can offer them a set amount to be your driver for the night. And it's a lot cheaper than you might think. I have a few different taxi driver numbers if you want.

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2017, 12:14:40 PM »
Also if you catch a few taxis and eventually find a decent driver you can negotiate with him directly and get his WhatsApp. When I was there in December we found a few driver's that we're decent. You can offer them a set amount to be your driver for the night. And it's a lot cheaper than you might think. I have a few different taxi driver numbers if you want.

DM me that info if you don't mind. Thanks!

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2017, 01:05:52 PM »
Also if you catch a few taxis and eventually find a decent driver you can negotiate with him directly and get his WhatsApp. When I was there in December we found a few driver's that we're decent. You can offer them a set amount to be your driver for the night. And it's a lot cheaper than you might think. I have a few different taxi driver numbers if you want.

DM me that info if you don't mind. Thanks!
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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2017, 01:29:39 PM »
What's a publico? I've been a few times but never heard of it. I'm going to be at a resort in Puerto Plata and would like to find a reasonably priced transport into Sosua for the nights.

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Re: Getting to/from Puerto Plata at night
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2017, 01:49:18 PM »
What's a publico? I've been a few times but never heard of it. I'm going to be at a resort in Puerto Plata and would like to find a reasonably priced transport into Sosua for the nights.

Publico is like a route taxi.  They won't pick you up and most of the time won't drop you off at the resort unless it is on their route.

They go from a certain pick up point in Puerto Plata all the way to Sosua and drop off across from the Texaco station.  They will also pick up if there is room and drop off anywhere along that route.

A publico is a true Dominican experience that everyone should try. 

Some of them drive like madmen and unless you buy the whole seat area they will often pack it with as many customers as they possibly can.

 


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