Renting a car in the Dominican Republic?
The Dominican Republic is located in the eastern part of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola and is a popular tourist destination. Whether you are planning to soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches in Punta Cana or explore the capital city Santo Domingo and its numerous museums and historical sites, then booking cheap car hire in the Dominican Republic is the most convenient and comfortable way to get around.
Most popular locations to hire a car in the Dominican Republic
Most popular car hire companies in the Dominican Republic
- Alamo in the Domincan Republic
- Avis in the Domincan Republic
- Budget in the Domincan Republic
- Europcar in the Domincan Republic
- Firefly in the Domincan Republic
- Sixt in the Domincan Republic
Dominican Republic Mini Guide
The Dominican Republic is one of the world’s most idyllic countries and occupies two thirds of an island on which the country of Haiti is also located. The Dominican Republic is a Spanish speaking country though some English may be spoken in the tourist resorts, and it is geographically diverse with mountains, forests and coral reefs all there to be explored.
This tropical Caribbean island is very popular with nature enthusiasts as it is full of nature parks and surrounded by beautiful seas. Some of those nature parks are the Armando Bermudez National Park, Jose Del Carmen Ramirez National Park, Sierra del Bahoruco National Park and Parque Nacional del Este. The country is doing all it can to promote ecotourism to its visitors. It is also marketing itself more and more as a world class golf destination and it has a number of courses which were designed by professionals.
The Dominican Republic has a number of airports but the main one is in the country’s capital of Santo Domingo. You can also rent Rhino cars from La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana International and Santiago airports. Madrid, Paris, New York and Miami are the main International airports which operate flights to the Dominican Republic.
Factor into the cost of your rental the fact the petrol is quite expensive in the Dominican Republic however. That said as long as you keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists, especially at night time, you should not have any problems. There is also a possibility that you could run into wild dogs which roam the cities. The main road on the island is the Highway DR-1, which connects the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago, and it is a modern and wide.
If you plan to venture into the Dominican Republic’s lush rainforests then make sure you apply mosquito repellent as there is a risk of getting dengue fever, for which there is no cure. Getting malaria is a possibility but there are tablets that you can take to prevent this.
Otherwise if you plan to stay on the Dominican Republic’s amazing beaches you are unlikely to encounter any troubles. If you really want to kick back, try one of the local cigars for which the country is famous and chat to the friendly locals. Also make sure you try some of the local rum, which is extremely potent! But one topic which it might be better to stay clear of is the neighbouring island of Haiti as this has been a source of conflict over the years.
Why rent a car in the Dominican Republic?
The Dominican Republic is an ideal location to take a holiday if you are interested in white sandy beaches, warm seas and a tropical climate. The country also boast some fantastic nature parks which are well worth a visit. Renting a car in the Dominican Republic (often affectionately known as the 'Dom Rep') is a cost effective and comfortable way to explore your surrounding and perhaps discover some of the more remote areas that are not so frequented by tourists.