You've just booked your stay at the Occidental Caribe, 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 fantastic, family-oriented, all-inclusive resort.
You are ready for the perfect experience! That is, until you start to stress about how to get to the Occidental Caribe 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 the Occidental Caribe from Punta Cana airport.
From the PUJ to the Occidental Caribe
When you land at Punta Cana airport, you will be eager to immediately get to the Occidental Caribe. 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.
The Occidental Caribe is located about 30 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 right to the Occidental Caribe.
A one-way trip from the airport to Occidental Caribe should cost around $30 for up to six people. Of course, prices will increase if you need a bigger vehicle to accommodate more people.
The Occidental Caribe offers transportation through their subsidiary company, Vacaciones Barcelo; a private van for up to 6 guests is 40 USD per trip on the Vacaciones Barcelo website. A taxi at the Punta Cana Airport charges $35-40 USD, accommodating 1-6 guests, a steep price to pay for your transportation.
A luxury transfer entails a luxury vehicle, English speaking driver, and beer and water on arrival. A luxury transfer averages $60 per trip. You can find luxury transfers available for higher prices as well.
Shared Punta Cana Shuttles
Shared shuttles are less recommended while traveling to the Occidental Caribe.
The Occidental Caribe does offer shared transportation through its partner, Vacaciones Barcelo. A Shared shuttle is 15 USD per person with a minimum purchase of 2 seats. This makes a round trip shared airport transfer with Vacaciones Barcelo a whopping 60 USD for the round trip, the exact cost of a Private airport transfer through other companies.
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 the Occidental Caribe. Taking a bus to the Occidental Caribe 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 resort. Due to local disagreements, Uber is not welcome by taxi drivers. Also, Uber's not allowed into the spa, so you would need to stay at the gate of Occidental Caribe and wait for a golf cart for the remainder.
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 Occidental Caribe
As one of the highest-rated resorts in Punta Cana, the Occidental Caribe will be the ultimate vacation. A family-oriented resort, 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 tours! Enjoy an action-filled day in the muddy countryside, and visit a beautiful cenote.
If dune buggies 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 the Occidental Caribe. 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 Occidental Caribe!
For further questions, don't hesitate to contact us at Punta Cana Transfer.