Santo Domingo

Daily Car Hire Rates in Santo Domingo

  • Mini

    Chevrolet Spark
    4 |
    1 |
    3 |
    From € 58.63
  • Economy

    Chevrolet Aveo
    5 |
    2 |
    5 |
    From € 70.18
  • Van / minivan

    Toyota Hilux
    4 |
    0 |
    4 |
    From € 85.28
  • Suv

    Hyundai Santa Fe
    5 |
    3 |
    5 |
    From € 116.38

*daily rates in Santo Domingo based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.

Santo Domingo Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The city’s full name is Santo Domingo de Guzman.
  • It’s the capital and largest city of the republic.
  • It was founded by the younger brother of Christopher Columbus, called Bartholomew.
  • It was renamed Ciudad Trujillo for 31 years by the dictator of the same name.
  • Over two million people live there.
  • Twinned with Bogota, Buenos Aires, Madrird, Paris and Guadalajara among others

Santo Domingo Mini Guide

Where is Santo Domingo?
Santo Domingo is the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic.  The Domincan Republic is the 2nd largest Caribbean nation after Cuba with a population of around 10 million.  It forms the major part of the island of Hispaniola together with it's neighbour Haiti and was the site of the first European settlement in the Americas when discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

It's History
If you're into history then you could start by visiting the oldest cathedral in the Americas – Catedral Primada de America, completed in 1540, this combines elements of both Gothic and Baroque architecture. Or why not try a visit to the Museo de las Casas Reales, which traces the history of the country from 1492 to 1821 – one exhibit is even said to hold Columbus' ashes!

Santo Domingo Catedral Primada de America

It's Gardens and Natural World
The northern sector of Santo Domingo houses the Jardins Botanico Nacional, the largest of their kind in Latin America, with it's highlights being the Japanese Garden and the Great Ravine. This is close to the city itself, so if you don't have much time to spare to visit further afield be sure to make time for this. Also in Santo Domingo is the Acuario Nacional – the grandest aquarium in the Caribbean, complete with a shark tunnel to get right in amongst the deep. A slightly surprising fact is that the Domincan Republic is home to the finest amber in the world, so the Amber Museum is well worth a visit.

Santo Domingo Jardin Botanico Nacional

The main speciality shopping of the country is amber and cigars and you will find plenty of both of these in the shops in Santo Domingo, you will also find smaller gift shops for those all important souvenirs!

Just a Warning
Whilst the majority of Dominicans are extremely welcoming and trying to promote their country as a tourist destination, if you're driving around the area in a hire car, beware of some unscrupulous locals posing as police officers who will ask you to pull over – then relieve you of your valuables.  A good way of distinguishing them from the real police is that they are riding ordinary motorcycles without flashing lights, so beware and keep on driving!

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    Sunday 26 Jan 2020

    Duarte´s Day - National holiday

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The capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic, Santo has a lot to see and do. Visit the Colonial Zone which has changed little since Christopher Columbus walked the streets. Of particular interest are the Ozama Fort, the Alcazar of Colon and the cathedral, all built in the late 15th century.

If you have a hire car you should visit the Faro a Colon, built in Columbus’ day and which now houses his remains. For even more remains of famous people, the Panteon Nacional is the final resting place for the country’s heroes and departed statesmen.

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