"Taxis that cost a fortune" Dominican Republic Tourist Trap Tip by MightyMike15

Dominican Republic Tourist Traps: 45 reviews and 15 photos

If you must hail a taxi be sure to do it away from a "tourist hotel" and negotiate the price beforehand. The prices vary so greatly from one taxi driver to the next it is enough to make a person crazy. Usually you can work out a deal, but one guy tried to charge us $20 USD for a 2 km drive. That is way more expensive than any cab ride I've ever heard of!

Additionally, they may try to con you by bringing up the exchange rate and saying that your ride usually costs, for example, $10 USD but because the exchange rate has gone up you need to pay them 380 Dominican Pesos.

Obviously, a taxi fare does not change with the currency exchange. I always tried to pay with pesos, since my USD supply was limited, but most drivers want USD.

Unique Suggestions: Always negotiate the fare up front!

Fun Alternatives: The best way to travel long distances are the economical, frequent and clean public buses. Try Metro or Caribe Tours.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 7, 2005
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