With daily service to the Samana peninsula from Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata provided by two major bus lines, Caribe Tours and Metro, and a number of smaller bus lines providing additional service, the peninsula is easily reached by bus from much of the country. The exception is the eastern part of the island including the Punta Cana and Bavaro areas which can mean a long day’s journey to Samana north via the ferry at Sabana de la Mar or west through Santo Domingo.

Other ways to get here are by private taxi with direct pickup at your airport (or hotel if you’re already on-island), by rental car now that our highways are better marked (although we do NOT advise driving at night,
it’s simply too dangerous) and by private charter flight into one of our two airports: Arroyo Barril International Airport, located on the edge of Samana Bay a few miles west of the city of Samana or el Portillo airstrip, located on the peninsula’s north coast at the el Portillo resort a few miles east of Las Terrenas. Regardless of the mode you choose, your hotel will gladly assist with your transportation needs.
A third airport serving the peninsula and part of the republic’s north coast is under construction. Located some 5 miles west of Sanchez near the little village of El Catey and just before the mountainous peninsula begins, this international airport is scheduled to be in service in late 2007. Progressing in fits and starts since early 2001, major funding from the Inter American Development Bank has finally been secured with earnest construction now assured. Look for continuing reports of the progress of the El Catey International Airport in the News/DR1 section of the website.  
With Air Santo Domingo discontinuing scheduled service to Samana (and other parts of the country, instead now concentrating on their international service to Puerto Rico and New York), aircraft charter flights are now the most rapid way get to the peninsula as ground vehicle travel time from Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport (AILA) is almost 5 hours and Puerto Plata’s airport is 3 ½ hours. The new international airport in Santiago is the closest at 3 hours but their flights are limited. Getting to Samana from the Punta Cana or La Romana’s airports can be done but it is not recommended nor very convenient.
Century Air is a widely used charter service and Aerodomca, a small air-charter company, now offers limited, scheduled service with daily flights from Santo Domingo to Samana’s two airports, Arroyo Barril and el Portillo. The flight leaves Hererra airport in the southwest part of Santo Domingo at 4pm and makes a short hop to Las Americas International Airport (AILA), the city’s main airport located some 10 miles east of the city. It then departs AILA for Samana at 4:45pm.
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