Ports of Entry: Air & Sea

Las Americas airport


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The Dominican Republic offers travelers the second largest island nation in the Caribbean, with a wide variety to its geography. When traveling to this 30,101 square mile tropical destination, you need to keep in mind that there is a lot of territory to explore. Unlike many of the other islands in the Caribbean region, the Dominican Republic has multiple ports of entry, both airfields and seaports.

Plan your visit carefully, so you do not have the misadventure of a four-hour bus trip or an expensive taxi ride between your point of entry and your hotel.

Road between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana
Road between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana

The adventurous traveler may choose to arrive at one point, such as Santo Domingo on the southern coast, and travel through the country to depart from another point, such as Santiago in the Central Valley to the north.

There are many options when visiting this sprawling island nation. The popular southern region around the capital holds many historical sites, since Santo Domingo is the oldest European settlement in the Americas. Punta Cana at the eastern tip of the country offers beautiful beaches.

The country’s many airfields give tourists access to diverse vacation choices: mountains and deserts, beaches and renowned golf courses, even ecotourism adventure spots. Consult with a travel advisor in order to arrange the Dominican Republic vacation of your dreams. Take advantage of the many airfields and ports of entry when planning your trip. From the sea to the mountains, the beauty of the Dominican Republic awaits you. With many options available to you, you can have an adventure to remember for years to come.

Airports

Dominican Republic Airports marked on a map

1- Las Americas International Airport (SDQ)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Las Américas
  • Also Known As: Aeropuerto Internacional José Francisco Peña Gómez
  • Location: Punta Caucedo, National District – South coast
  • Best for: Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, Juan Dolio (San Pedro de Macoris).
  • Official Website: http://www.aerodom.com/app/do/lasamericas.aspx

2- La Isabela International Airport (JBQ)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional La isabela
  • Also Known As: Aeropuerto Internacional Dr. Joaquin Balaguer
  • Location: Santo Domingo – South coast
  • Best for: Santo Domingo, domestic commuter flights and flights to Haiti and the Caribbean including Puerto Rico.
  • Official Website: http://www.aerodom.com/app/do/aeropuertos_laisabela.aspx

3- Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)

4- Gregorio Luperon International Airport (POP)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Gregorio Luperón
  • Also Known As: Puerto Plata Airport
  • Location: Puerto Plata – North coast
  • Best for: Puerto Plata, Luperón, Maimón, Costambar, Cofresí, Playa Dorada, Sosúa, Cabarete, Río San Juan.
  • Official Website: http://www.aerodom.com/app/en/aeropuertos_puertoplata.aspx

5- Samana El Catey International Airport (AZS)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional El Catey
  • Also Known As: Aeropuerto Internacional Presidente Juan Bosch
  • Location: El Catey, Maria Trinidad Sánchez – Northeast coast
  • Best for: Playa Grande, Nagua, San Francisco de Macoris, Samana.
  • Official Website: http://www.aerodom.com/app/en/aeropuertos_samana.aspx

6- La Romana International Airport (LRM)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional La Romana
  • Also Known As: N/A
  • Location: Batey Cacata, La Romana – Southeast coast
  • Best for: La Romana, Bayahibe, Higuey, San Pedro de Macorís.
  • Official Website: http://romanaairport.com/

7- Cibao International Airport (STI)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional del Cibao
  • Also Known As: Santiago Airport
  • Location: Santiago city – central valley
  • Best for: Santiago, La Vega (Jarabacoa and Constanza), San Francisco de Macorís.
  • Official Website: http://www.aeropuertocibao.com.do/AIC/es/index.php

8- El Portillo International Airport (EPS)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional El Portillo
  • Also Known As: N/A
  • Location: Las Terrenas, Portillo – Northeast coast
  • Best for: No longer operational (as of 2012)
  • Official Website: N/A

9- Arroyo Barril Airport (MDAB)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Arroyo Barril
  • Also Known As: N/A
  • Location: Samaná – Northeast coast
  • Best for: Samaná, Sánchez, Las Galeras. (Domestic)
  • Official Website: N/A

10- María Montez International Airport (BRX)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional María Montéz
  • Also Known As: N/A
  • Location: Barahona – Southwest coast
  • Best for: Barahona, Pedernales.
  • Official Website: N/A

11- Constanza National Airport (COZ)

  • In Spanish: Aeropuerto Nacional de Constanza
  • Also Known As: Expedición 14 de Junio National Airport
  • Location: Constanza – Central mountain area
  • Best for: Constanza
  • Official Website: N/A

Dominican Republic Airports marked on a map

Seaports

Cruise ships dock periodically at these larger Dominican ports:

  • Port of Santo Domingo: Don Diego and Sans Souci terminals
  • Puerto de Cruceros y Marina Casa de Campo in La Romana
  • Ocean World Marina in Puerto Plata
  • Isla Catalina (La Romana)
  • Cayo Levantado (Samaná)


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