You've just booked your stay at Excellence El Carmen, and you couldn't be more excited! Going to the Dominican Republic is going to be so much fun!
Instantly you begin thinking about sitting beachside and all the fine dining at this spectacular, adults-only, all-inclusive resort.
You are ready for the perfect experience! That is until you start to stress about how to get to the Excellence El Carmen resort in Punta Cana after arriving at the airport. So don't stress yourself out about how you're going to get there once you've landed.
This article will tell you everything you need to know and more about getting to Excellence El Carmen from Punta Cana airport.
From the Airport to the Excellence El Carmen
When you land at Punta Cana airport, you will be eager to get to the Excellence El Carmen Resort and Spa immediately. There are endless airport transportation options at the Punta Cana airport.
Shuttles, Taxis, and Transfers
Taxi and shuttle services are available when you arrive. Taxis are safe in the Dominican Republic, but booking a cab at the airport can be stressful.
The operators and hustlers are all shouting for your attention as soon as you step out into the sun; you won't know who to choose.
Excellence El Carmen is located about 45 minutes away from the airport. For a hassle-free experience, you can book a private transfer from the airport to the resort.
Booking an airport transfer in advance will save you time and money. In addition, a pre-booked airport transfer is the best way to ensure an easy arrival.
As soon as you arrive, your private transfer will be waiting for you with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will take you straight to Excellence El Carmen.
A one-way trip from the airport to Excellence El Carmen resort should cost around $50 for up to six people. Of course, prices will increase if you need a bigger vehicle to accommodate more people.
The Excellence El Carmen does offer a private shuttle service directly on its website through its partner company, Season Tours. Unlike other transportation companies, Seasons only offers Luxury airport pick-ups in Suburbans or Cadillac Escalades. A private pick-up starts at 119 USD per trip and goes higher depending on the service's number of guests. A taxi at the airport charges 70-80 USD, depending on the size of the group, for a vehicle that accommodates up to 6 guests—a steep price in both cases to pay for your airport transportation.
At Punta Cana Transfer, you can book your luxury transfer and travel in style. A luxury transfer entails a luxury vehicle, English speaking driver, and beer and water on arrival. A luxury transfer averages USD 85 per trip.
Shared Punta Cana Shuttles
Shared shuttles are less recommended while traveling to the Excellence El Carmen Resort.
Excellence El Carmen does not offer shared pick-up in any form. You need to contact an independent company like Amstar or Nexus to book a shared shuttle. Amstar charges 44 USD per one-way shared pick-up for two guests. You could pay the extra 6 USD and go private at this rate.
Buses, Motorbikes, and Rental Cars
If you're traveling light, consider taking a local bus (gua gua) to the resort. Unfortunately, there is no space for suitcases at the airport.
Bus maps are available at stands around the airport, and please note that there is no direct bus from the Punta Cana Airport to Excellence El Carmen. Taking a bus to the Excellence El Carmen Resort would require a detour to Higuey, making the trip close to 3 hours long.
Cars are also available for rental at the airport by all major car rental companies. However, it is not recommended to rent a car because driving can be chaotic, especially in the cities; also, car rentals are incredibly pricey and jacked up with hidden fees at the airport.
Yet, if you plan an extended stay in Punta Cana and have experience driving with little rule-following, it is another consideration.
Motorcycle taxis, called motoconchos, are popular in the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, there is no way to get a Motorcycle Taxi at the airport.
Uber in Punta Cana
Uber is also available in Punta Cana. As a warning, you should not call an Uber from the airport or the resort. Due to local disagreements, Uber is not welcome by taxi drivers. Also, Uber's not allowed into the spa, so you must stay at the gate of Excellence El Carmen and wait for a golf cart for the remainder of the ride.
If you call an Uber in an area with a taxi stand or high traffic, an argument can break out between the Uber and taxi drivers. Thus, using Uber is neither a safe nor the most enjoyable choice in Punta Cana.
Staying at the Excellence El Carmen
Excellence El Carmen will be a fantastic vacation as one of the newest and best resorts in Punta Cana. Adults only, one of the best beaches in Punta Cana, white sand, and food options that are to die for will make it so that you would not want to leave the resort.
The resort offers many different activities for visitors to enjoy. Some activities are included in the all-inclusive fee. Many are not.
You can also do plenty of additional activities outside the resort.
A popular activity is the Dune Buggy tour! Enjoy an action-filled day in the countryside getting muddy, and visit a stunning cenote.
If Buggies tours aren't for you, there are fishing trips, whale watching, catamaran tours, and zip lines, among others.
See You Soon in Punta Cana
You're already counting the days until your vacation at Excellence El Carmen. With the resort and airfare booked, the only left to do is to arrange your airport transfer.
Book your airport transfer with us today to ensure a smooth ride from the airport to the Excellence El Carmen Resort and Spa!
For further questions, don't hesitate to contact us at Punta Cana Transfer.