The airports of the DR
BEST AIRPORT: PUERTO PLATA (POP)
The best (closest) airport to fly into is Puerto Plata (airport code POP), a round trip pick up and drop off will be included in the quotation Clare will give for your stay when you contact here. POP international airport is only 25 minutes away from us with direct daily flights from New York (JetBlue and Continental airlines) or Miami (American Airlines). There are also a ton of charter flights that come in from all major airports in the US, Canada and Europe.
COMMON DIRECT FLIGHTS TO PUERTO PLATA
From / via New York, USA If you come from New York or are flying via New York (lots of Europeans do), Continental, JetBlue and United Airlines fly directly into Puerto Plata. Check for their services into STI and SDQ too; they are often cheaper, but bear in mind the extra taxi costs noted above.
From / via Miami, USA: American Airlines has a direct, short flight to Puerto Plata from Miami
From / via Toronto, Canada: WestJet, Sunwing & Air Canada have direct flights to Puerto Plata from Toronto
From / via Montreal, Canada: Sunwing & Air Canada have direct flights to Puerto Plata from Montreal
From / via the UK: Thomsons has direct flights to Puerto Plata from both Gatwick and Manchester
From / via Switzerland: Condor has direct flights from Zurich to Puerto Plata
From / via Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Arkefly has a direct flight to Puerto Plata from Amsterdam
From / via Dusseldorf, Germany: Airberlin has a direct flight to Puerto Plata from Dusseldorf and a couple of other German airports
From / via Frankfurt, Germany: Condor has a direct flight to Puerto Plata from Frankfurt
From / via Paris, France Air France has a direct flight to Santo Domingo (SDQ) from Paris
2nd Best airport: Santiago (STI):
Another option is to fly into Santiago airport (airport code STI and make sure it`s called Cibao Airport or you might end up in Chile!). Transfers to or from STI will cost $75 USD extra per pick up or drop off (remember that all taxi prices are per taxi, not per person). Santiago is a little bit further away, but still a very manageable 1 hour and 15 minutes by taxi. Buses are also available to Sosua where we can collect you on request; journey time is around 3 hours. You can expect the total cost of getting from STI to us to be in the region of $50 USD when coming by bus. Caribe Tours and Metro Tours are the providers.
3RD AIRPORT OPTION: SANTO DOMINGO (SDQ):
Flying into or out of Las Americas (code SDQ, 2.5 hours away) costs $180 USD extra per pick up or drop off (again, price is per taxi, not per person). Buses are also available from SDQ to Sosua. The bus is modern and cheap (around $20 USD) and takes between 4.5 and 5.5 hours depending on traffic. You will need to take a taxi to the bus depot and one from the bus depot in Sosua to Swell. You can expect the total cost of getting from SDQ to us to be in the region of $50 USD. Caribe Tours and Metro Tours are the providers.
OTHER AIRPORT OPTIONS: SAMANA (AZS) AND PUNTA CANA (PUJ):
There are two more airports in the Dominican Republic; AZS (Samana) and PUJ (Punta Cana). AZS has some limited services but is also 2.5 hours by taxi from Cabarete. Punta Cana (PUJ) has many flights, but PUJ is NOT a viable entry point for the North coast where we are, as the journey by road to Cabarete is 7 hours each way and a taxi can cost more than $500 USD one way. Make use of search engines like Hipmunk.com and Kayak.com – but do bear in mind, some airlines, like Jet Blue, will not let their flights show on some ticket searching websites.