The DR has many excellent international flight connections to mayor airports in Europe and the USA! A return ticket from New York sells typically for 400,- $US and from Germany tickets start at 500,- $US. In-country transport to your volunteer destination in Santa Barbara de Samaná is very convenient. Depending on where you get the best flight deal you can choose from two international airport options, both closed to your volunteer placement Location in Samaná:
Main airport in the DR, Santo Domingo - Las Américas (SDQ / MDSD)
Travel time from the airport to Samana, your volunteer placement location, is about two (2) hours on a luxury bus! Samana is the last stop. The pick-up service driver Marcos will welcome you at the airport and transfer you to the busterminal 10 minutes away and help you buy the bus ticket. We will pick you up from the bus terminal in Samana and bring you to the Volunteer Guesthouse.
The closest international airport Samaná - El Catey (AZS / MDCY)
is only a 40 minutes drive from Samaná, your placement location! Samuel, our taxi driver will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the Volunteer Guesthouse.
Another relatively nearby international airport is Puerto Plata - Gregorio Luperón (POP / MDPP) a four (4) hours drive from Samana located on the north coast. Regular buses are leaving to Samana via Nagua and Las Terrenas. Our staff will wait for you at Samana bus terminal and bring you to your accommodation.
A popular tourist destination is Punta Cana with its own airport Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ / MDPC) A combined Shuttle & Ferry service leaves from Punta Cana to Samana every morning. Travel time four (4) hours. We will pick you up from the Pier in Samana and bring you to your accommodation. Alternatively you can book our pick-up Driver Marcos who will pick you up and bring you to the Caribe bus terminal (2,5 hours) from where you catch the bus to Samana (2 hours)
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Following Immigration: When you pass through customs and walk into the main terminal you will be met by your previously booked pick-up & transfer service. Marcos, your driver, speaks fluently English and is extremely helpful and patient.
He will be waiting for you with your name on a big board! If your flight arrives late, he will wait for you, don`t worry! Marcos will take you to the Bus Terminal about 10 minutes away and buys the bus ticket for you! There are new "Caribe Tours" luxury buses with aircondition and toilets leaving five times every day at 8:30am, 10.30am, 12:30pm, 15:00pm and 17:00pm. Travel time is two (2) hours. Airport pick-up & transfer service with Marcos costs only 37,- $US and includes purchase of your bus-ticket to Santa Barbara de Samaná!
In case your incoming flight is in the evening and does not allow for a bus connection and you choose to spend a night in Santo Domingo before traveling on to our Foundations` location in Santa Barbara de Samaná, Marcos, our pickup-driver, will bring you to the Hostal Los Jensen (25/30 $US) a very pleasant and centric Hostel in Santo Domingo (or any other Hotel of your choice) and next day transfer to the bus terminal of "Las Caribe Tours" in Santa Domingo. Total airport pick-up & transfer service costs 42,- $US and includes pickup and transfer to the hotel of your choice and next day pick-up & transfer to the bus terminal including purchase of your Bus-ticket to Santa Barbara de Samaná!
Following Immigration: When you pass through customs and walk into the main terminal you will be welcome by your previously booked Pick-up & Transfer Service. Samuel, your driver, speaks fluently English and is extremely helpful and patient. He will be waiting for you with your name on a big board, welcome you and bring you to the Foundations` Volunteer Guesthouse in Santa Barbara de Samaná, just a 40 minutes drive from the airport. Total airport pick-up & transfer service costs 50,- $US
Following Immigration: You get a Taxi to the bus terminal and take a bus leaving several times every day to Las Terrenas and Samana. Our staff will welcome you at the Samana Busterminal and bring you to the Foundations` Volunteer Guesthouse in Samana.
Following Immigration: combined Shuttle & Ferry service leaves from Punta Cana to Samana every morning. Travel time 4 hours. We will pick you up from the Pier in Samana and bring you to your accommodation. You will leave Punta Cana at 06:45 am on a previously booked Shuttle & Ferry service towards "Sabana de la Mar" (south of the bay of Samana) - this is the village where the street ends (travel time about 3 hours 15 min) - from there you continue with the Ferry to the Pier of Samana (about 45 min) - arrival in Samana at 11:45 am. (total cost 40 $US to 160 $US depending on numbers of passengers) Our staff will welcome you at the Pier in Samana and bring you to the Foundations` Volunteer Guesthouse.
Alternatively you can book our pick-up Driver Marcos who will pick you up and bring you to the Caribe bus terminal (travel time 2,5 hours) from where you catch the bus to Samana (travel time: 2 hours, leaving at 8:30am, 10.30am, 12:30pm, 15:00pm and 17:00pm) Total cost 147 $US including purchase of your Bus-ticket to Santa Barbara de Samaná!
Your passport, airline tickets and a copy of your flight itinerary, Insurance certificate and policy document, travelers’ cheques receipt numbers (keep separate) Vaccination card A copy of all credit card and bank account numbers, your pre-departure info with useful contact numbers
Office: +1 8297055123 English and Spanish speaking
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