Lay of the Land
The island of Hispaniola consists of Haiti in the west and the Dominican Republic in the east. Casa de Campo is located on the southern coast, about one hour east of Santo Domingo. On the east coast are two large developments, Cap Cana and directly to the north, Punta Cana, which are respectively home to boutique hotels Eden Roc and Tortuga Bay. The less-developed north coast is home to Playa Grande, one of the country’s most beautiful beaches and luxe resorts including Playa Grande Beach Club and Amanera. Also on the north coast and further to the west, is the kite-boarding capital of Cabarete, and nearby, Casa Colonial. The mountainous interior of the country is very rural.
There are many international direct flights into the airport in Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital. Guests of Casa de Campo can fly to La Romana airport, a seven-minute drive from the resort; Tortuga Bay and Eden Roc guests can fly into Punta Cana airport, which is approximately 10 and 20 minutes away from each resort. The closest airports to Playa Grande are Samana (a one-hour drive to the east) and Puerto Plata (a one-hour drive to the west).
Indagare recommends arranging airport transfers through the bookings team or your hotel directly. It is strongly advised that foreigners not rent cars and drive themselves around the island. Rental car agencies are not entirely trustworthy; drivers do not follow many traffic laws; corruption is rife with tollbooth-collectors; and foreigners are targeted to be the at-fault party in automobile “accidents.” For those who still wish to navigate the island on their own, be sure to exchange money for Dominican pesos, as tolls only accept local currency.