Here are some information to choose the right airport for you. Then you can decide which type of transfer, depending on the time of arrival and your needs:
- Our nearest international airport is El Catey SAMANA (AZS) at 1 hour from here. It receives regular flights from Canada (Toronto and Montreal with Air Canada, WestJet, Canadair) and occasionally by other American and European companies.
Possible transfer by taxi and car. Local public transportation is available only outside of the airport (25’min. walking away)
- The second best airport (with more opportunities for all kinds of flights from the Americas and Europe) is SANTO DOMINGO (SDQ), about 3 hours away.
Possible transfer by taxi, car and comfortable buses from nearby stations at the airport, even in a day (last one at 5:00pm).
- As third option, take a look also to PUERTO PLATA (POP) and SANTIAGO (STI) with many international flights, 4 hours away.
Possible transfer by taxi and car; few transfers by buses. Is recommendable staying close to the airport if you arrive in the late afternoon.
- Let LA ROMANA (LRM) and PUNTA CANA (PUJ) as last options, as they are the most distant airports, with 4-6 hours of journey (although, obviously, they are as good as the others … considering that they often have the cheapest flights, due to the large hotel offer in the area). Therefore we recommend staying close to the airport if you arrive in the late afternoon.
Possible transfer by taxi, car, bus and / or bus-ferry. The ferry does not provide auto transport, it is only for passengers.
Further details in ”HOW TO GET” page
What is the difference between the Chalets?
Each chalet is unique in its kind.
The Chalets #1, #2 and #3 can be rented only in exclusive, ensuring maximum privacy and autonomy.
The Chalet #4 and Casa Taina also provide the possibility to be rented exclusively in case of large groups, as well as being usable as a Guest House (renting just private rooms at their inside).
The private rooms in Bed & Breakfast are 7. Four are located inside the Chalet 4, tree into Casa Taína.
If you choose to rent a private room, you will share the common areas such as kitchen, living room, terrace and garden with other guests in the Guest House.
Be sure anyway, that whatever you choose, you will live a wonderful experience!
It is suitable for traveler with small children?
Yes, sure!! La Playita Beach (just 10 minutes walking from Chalet Tropical Village) is ideal for children. The white sand and shallow waters create the ideal environment for them, to enjoy the whole day and relax.
We offer a cot to ensure your baby’s sleep (as well as yours!) and a high chair so that your child can safely eat at the table with you.
Food is excellent and very healthy.
It is safe?
Las Galeras is a safe and friendly village where most people are happy to help you, even if Spanish is not the best and locals usually do not speak English. Of course, as in many of the countries in this part of the world, it is always better to have the proper attention.
At Chalet Tropical there is nothing to worry about. We guarantee a 24h security service.
Outside Chalet Tropical, it is not advisable to take long walks in the jungle without one of our guides. On the beach it is always good to keep an eye on our belongings.
What is the best time to visit Las Galeras?
… there is not!! … meaning that every moment of the year may be suitable for your stay!
The local temperature is constantly between 75 and 95 F degrees (just changes the humidity, which can be felt a little more occasionally between July and October) and the weather is constantly sunny during the whole year. A sudden storm-shower or a tropical storm (a hurricane, only in the worst of the case), is something that can happen at any time of the year, and typically does not last more than 48 hours …. so that you can think to enjoy good weather at any time of both high and low season (with a difference which is not related on the weather, but only commercial, as it depends on the holidays and on the passage of Humpback Whales during our winter months).
That’s why a stay a bit longer can avoid you the misfortune of not finding a pleasant weather during your stay.
Ah …well, please note: the WEATHER FORECASTS in these areas are NOT EVER RELIABLE!
So, please, do not get panic with no reasons!
Do I need health insurance?
It is always advisable to have travel insurance during your vacation. In Las Galeras there is a small clinic but it is recommended having an insurance coverage to better deal with any emergency.
There are no vaccination requirements to visit the island.
What should we bring?
Sunscreen, swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, flip flops, flashlight, toiletries, snorkeling gear if you plan to do, and a good pair of walking shoes, if you like to go hiking. Light clothes but make sure to bring a sweater or sweatshirt with long sleeves if you come in the winter, because the nights can be a little fresher. We will provide towels, bed linen, hair dryer. Beach towels (on loan).
How to get here from the airport?
The fastest and easiest way to get to Chalet Tropical Village from any airport in the Dominican Republic is surely to benefit of a transfer service organized directly from Chalet Tropical. You will travel safe and relaxed in a modern and comfortable minivans, also equipped with wi-fi. The rate varies depending on the airport.
For more details, visit the page “HOW TO GET” in the site.
… and the money?
Las Galeras has only a few shops that accept credit cards but you can easily change dollars and euro. We suggest to have cash for the first needs (tourist tax US$ 15pp) and also some Dominican pesos to pay for highway, tickets, snacks.
The bank in Las Galeras “Banco Reserva” is only 5 minutes walking from Chalet Tropical and has an ATM to withdraw cash with Visa, Mastercard or debit cards (the limit is US$ 90 per day)
Remember to notify your bank about the abroad use of your cards. There is a Western Union office on the main street near the bank.
What's in our Chalet?
Each chalet is designed to have most of a home comforts. In addition to TV, books in various languages, a safe to store your valuables, you’ll have to think only on what you need to eat, drink and relax. If you plan to cook on your own, you will find 2 markets in Las Galeras to make food supply.
In addition to this, bring shower gel, shampoo and you’re ready to enjoy your stay in Chalet Tropical.
What kind of breakfast?
Breakfast is served at your Chalet every morning from 8:00 alle10: 00.
Guests can choose between 8 types of breakfast: Tropical, Dominican, Continental, American, English-DO, but also Celiac, Vegan and Vegetarian. Sweet or savory, with the best local recipes and local products.
Among the most popular the Dominican, with eggs, salami, grilled local cheese and Mangú (a puree of smash boiled plantains, garnished with onions) or Tropical, with pancake and fresh fruit salad, accompanied by homemade jams with tropical fruits, such as coconut, banana, mango, papaya and pineapple.
Where can we eat?
You can order your dinner to be enjoyed at the Chalet or, alternatively, in Las Galeras and its surrounding area you can choose from several excellent restaurants (including 2 panoramic) which offer from lobster to pizza, in a typical Dominican, Italian, French or Spanish cuisine.
At the beach, do not miss the delicious lunches cooked on the grill by the locals. The average cost is about US$ 10-15 per person.
What types of activities and excursions can we do?
Guests can book excursions or activities directly with Chalet Tropical. In Las Galeras area there are many excursions to choose.
Discover them all in our “ACTIVITIES” page.
- With a motorboat, you can reach some of the most beautiful beaches in the world as Playa Rincón, Playa Frontón, Playa Colorado and Playa Madama (US$ 15-25 per person)
- With a local guide you can enjoy long walks (US$ 15-25 pp) or nice horseback riding (US$ 45-60 pp), during which you will discover plants, fruits, animals and the local culture.
- You can snorkel or dive with accredited professionals (US$ 30-80 pp)
- Have an adrenalin fun enjoying the “zip-line” near Samana (US$ 45-60 pp).
- You can visit the National Park of Los Haitíses, to enrich your knowledge about the indigenous peoples of the island, the Taínos (US$ 40-60 pp).
- You can Whale Watching humpback whales during their coupling period between January and March (US$ 50-60 pp).
- You can rent a quad and create your own adventure autonomously (US$ 60 for 2 people).
What about tipping?
Many restaurants include the tip (10% of the total) in their bill. If this were not so, you can still leave a tip for the service (average 5-10% is considered acceptable). At Chalet Tropical, our maids will clean your room / chalet almost every day. Although it is not expected, tipping it is a great way to show your appreciation for their hard work. For all the others (drivers, guides and people whom you will organize local excursions) tipping is at your discretion.
What can you buy in Las Galeras?
Although Las Galeras is a very small town, you can find almost anything you need or want to buy. Our two main markets are equipped with all the food or snack to cook in your chalet. They also offer a selection of beers, international wines, liquors and a wide range of excellent Dominican rums.
Roadside typical local stalls have fresh vegetables and fruits available.
In the pharmacy you can buy not only medicine but also products for personal care, such as sunscreen, repellent, etc..
Souvenir shops and local arts and crafts will offer really special Dominicans items, such as wooden sculptures, paintings by local artists, cigars and national jewels like Larimar, Amber, black coral and polished shells.