Air & sea travel to the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic boasts eight international airports, five cruise destinations, a variety of marinas for boats and yachts, and domestic airstrips for private planes and charters.
Wherever you are headed in the DR, by air or by sea, choosing the right gateway is key. This is a large island, with road distances often too great to cover in a single day. For example, traveling overland between the Punta Cana and Puerto Plata airports can take up to seven hours. Picking the right arrival and departure gateway closest to your final destination is therefore crucial, and will save you time and money.
As your trip progresses, you can transfer at your leisure to other parts of the island by car, bus, or charter plane. Know your options and see multiple DR regions in one trip.
Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) –also known as José Francisco Peña Gómez International Airport–is located 30 minutes from the capital of Santo Domingo, and is the city’s main point of entry for international air arrivals. SDQ is also convenient to the tourist beach towns of Boca Chica and Juan Dolio, starting just six miles away.
La Isabela International Airport (JBQ) –also known as Dr. Joaquín Balaguer International Airport– is located north of Santo Domingo, and handles flights to Haiti, Cuba, and select neighboring Caribbean islands.
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is a 15-minute drive from the Punta Cana and Cap Cana areas, a 30-minute drive from Bávaro, El Cortecito, and Arena Gorda, and a 45-minute drive from the Macao and Uvero Alto areas. Offering direct flights from over 28 countries and 96 cities around the world, this is the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic and the second busiest in the Caribbean region, with nearly 3.5 million international passenger arrivals every year.
Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) is conveniently located 20 minutes from the north coast city of Puerto Plata, and near neighboring tourist destinations such as Cofresí, Playa Dorada, Sosúa, and Cabarete. It is also convenient to Playa Grande and Río San Juan, an hour away by road.
La Romana International Airport (LRM)–also known as the Casa de Campo International Airport–is strategically located on the southeastern coast, a mere 10-minute drive from Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, and a 20-minute drive from Bayahibe. The airport is also less than two hours’ drive from Santo Domingo, and less than an hour’s ride from Punta Cana.
El Catey International Airport (AZS) – also known as Juan Bosch International Airport –sits half an hour away from the city of Santa Barbara de Samaná, 30 minutes from Las Terrenas, and just an hour’s drive to Las Galeras.
Cibao International Airport (STI) is 15 minutes from bustling Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, tucked in the mountainous center of the country. It is closest to the nearby cities and towns of La Vega, Jarabacoa, and Constanza. It can also be a second gateway option if you are staying in Puerto Plata–just ensure additional transportation time before your return flight.