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Santiago Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The airport is properly called Cibao International Airport.
  • It’s the third busiest on the island.
  • Over a million passengers are expected to use the airport this year.
  • The airport took 33 years from planning to opening.
  • It’s the northern base for the Dominican Air Force.

Nearest Petrol Stations to Santiago Airport

See the nearest petrol stations to Santiago Airport below, we recommend you plan head before you return the car to Santiago Airport to avoid any Refueling fees.

Santiago Airport Mini Guide

Where Is It?
The Dominican Republic is actually around three quarters of an island - the other part being the Republic of Haiti, together they make up the island of Hispaniola.  It is situated in the Caribbean between Cuba and Puerto Rico with Santiago being it's second largest city.  The airport is the country's second and mainly handles inter island flights around the Caribbean, although Delta, American Airlines and Jet Blue offer regular flights to and from New York, Boston and Miami.

Santiago Airport dominican republic

Facilities at Cibao International Airport
Although small, this airport is a thoroughly modern one, only having been constructed between 2000 and 2002 when direct flights began to the United States. At present it cannot accommodate Boeing 747 aircraft on it's runway which prevents it handling direct flights from the UK and Europe, but plans are underway for expansion in the near future, despite this, it is expected to handle around 950,000 passengers during 2011.

There are currently two terminals, one international and the other domestic. On arrival your photograph is taken and you will be offered it for around $10 when you leave the country – a nice welcome gesture or a money making exercise? You choose, if it's a good photo then it's probably worth buying, if not, then no harm done. 

Tourist Card and Departure Tax
You will need to buy a tourist card when arriving, again, at a cost of $10. After passing through passport control you need to show it then retain half for the outward journey – don't lose it or you'll have to pay again before you leave!  You also need to pay a compulsory departure tax when leaving the country of $20 – don't forget to check if these are included in the cost of your holiday, if not make sure you have enough money on you to pay them.

The Area Around Santiago
The city of Santiago is reputed to have been established by Christopher Columbus in 1495, it was named after Santiago de Compostela in Galicia by the first settlers after their homeland. Today it is a cultural city with several historic places of interest including the Restoration's Heroes' Monument, St James Cathedral and the Tobacco Museum dedicated to the tobacco plantations planted by early settlers.  There is also a lively nightlife in the area, not to mention that Caribbean sun – be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen!

Santiago Restorations Heroes Monument

Driving in Santiago Airport

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    Road Driving Side

  • 40kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 0mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • DOP/USD $


  • 21

    Min Rental Age

  • YES


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Santiago Airport tends to serve the business traveller arriving in Santiago for meetings. However there is much to be seen in the city for the leisure traveller too. Hire a car and head for the Centro Leon where the modern part of the city comes alive.

Art galleries, cinemas, restaurants and bars are all there to entertain the tourists. You should also visit the Museo Folklorico Yoryi Morel which details the history of Santiago’s famous carnival and has original costumes, floats and a photographic exhibition helping to show the importance of the carnival.

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