Do you love to ride motorcycles?!?! Explorer Chicks hop on the back of Motoconchos in the Dominican Republic to quickly get around town all the time! They are everywhere and ready to give you a lift to wherever you are headed.
Hailing them? Not necessary. When walking down the street, they are always asking if you need a ride. Perhaps, its because I’m American and we are notoriously lazy? Ha!
In Cabarete the cost is 50 pesos each way into town (about $1). At night the price increases slightly, but with a little friendly negotiating, you can get the day rates. Many will offer to stand by while you run into the grocery or grab a cup of joe from Cabarete Coffee, but this may cost a little extra too. Of course, if you have an excellent driver, then maybe it’s worth it!
There are basic rules when riding a motoconcho.
1. “Cuantos?” Always ask for the price first. We review the standard rates with the Explorer Chicks during our Welcome meeting, so you know the appropriate price. As I said before, they may charge you more at night. You can negotiate this back down.
2. Always board from the left. The exhaust pipe is on the right of the bike and you do not want to hit your leg on it. It burns. Badly. I have a lovely burn scar on the back of my right leg when I made this mistake years ago. So climb on spotting the exhaust pipe to make sure you clear it.
3. Enjoy the ride and trust your driver. Your driver does this every day. Just as we know the rules of driving in the States and our hometown, the drivers here can navigate the streets with ease.
4. You want to get off the motoconcho on the left. Then walk over to the right or the side not on the street to pay. Pedestrians do not have the right away here. You will get honked at and screamed at if you’re standing in the road while a bike is cruising towards you. Trust me. 😉
Cruise with me through Cabarete on the back of a Motoconcho with some classic Dominican Merengue in the background!
If riding on the back of a Moto is not your thing, then you can always hop in a cab or enjoy the walk around town or along the beach.
Check out our upcoming Cabarete Adventure Travel Trips!
Updated. Originally published 11/4/2015