Fly to Santiago, the second largest city in the breezy, beautiful Caribbean island, of the Dominican Republic.
Santiago Airport (STI)
Santiago Airport, known in the country as Cibao International Airport services the country’s second largest city of Santiago. The third busiest airline transport hub in the Dominican Republic, STI airport underwent a large expansion in 2005 and travellers will be pleased with the terminal’s updated facilities. There are several restaurants and cafes in the main terminal’s food court, as well as tax and duty free shops to browse in. There is a VIP lounge, an ATM, and an information desk all available for transiting passengers.
Airlines to Santiago
There are several airlines that operate flights to Santiago, however, these are mostly flying in from the continental USA , Central America and the rest of the Caribbean. Passengers flying from elsewhere will need to transfer to one of the international hubs that service this city, such as New York (JFK), Miami (MIA) and Panama City (PTY).
The airline carriers that fly into STI Airport are: American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, InterCaribbean Airways, United and Copa Airlines.
Getting into Santiago
You can find a taxi rank directly outside of the main terminal, which will take you wherever you want to go on the island. It is fairly expensive catching a cab, and prices change depending on how far from the airport you want to go, and how many people are travelling (1-4 people, 5-6 people and 7+ all have differing transportation rates). If you are travelling in a party of four or less, depending on where you want to go, a taxi will cost between 600 to 10,000DOP ($18-310). There is a comprehensive price list on the airport website which can be found here.
By public transport
Santiago is a major hub for bus travel around the country, with the most extensive network of routes operated by Caribe Tours. Even if you are going across the country, you generally won’t pay any more than 350DOP ($10).
There are lots of car hire companies operating out of Santiago Airport, these are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Honda, National, Nelly and Saving Rent-A-Car. For ease, it’s recommended you book in advance, which you can do using our car hire search tool.
What can you do in Santiago?
Explore this Dominican city by first getting your bearings: head to the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration, situated on a hilltop that will give you a stunning view of the entire city. Then get a real taste of what this town is like by making your way to the Calle de Sol where you can wander through the local artisan shops for handmade jewellery and handicrafts.
However, because this is a fairly small country, visitors can really explore all aspects of it. Drive or take a bus to Santo Domingo, to explore the oldest city in this part of the world and wander around its colonial heart—a UNESCO World Heritage site.
For the outdoors, the Eastern National Park is a marine based reserve where its chief attraction is the stunning diving and snorkeling this place offers. See sea turtle, dolphin, manatee* (more animals, otherwise you’re ripping off planetware) and a riotous selection of colourful corals.
On the other side of the country, still on the southern coast lies the Jaragua National Park and the Bahía de Las Águilas, a beach that would live up to any coastal expectation you may have. Azure waters lap at pristine, white shores, it is undeveloped and gorgeous.
When should you go?
Rule of thumb when travelling to the Dominican Republic is to avoid the rainy seasons, of which there are two: May-August and November-December. Otherwise, there’s not a huge change in the temperatures across the year, expect temperatures between 20°C and 33°C.
What do you need to know?
Currency: The Dominican Peso (DOP)
Visas:Almost all foreign nationals travelling to the Dominican Republic will need to apply for a Tourist Card in advance of their travel. To apply, you must go to their government website and if accepted, you will be issued a duration of stay for up to 30 days. Please note, you may not be allowed on the flight without a valid form of entry.
Please note all information is current as of November 2015.
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