Located about an hour west of Santo Domingo, tourists who choose to rent a car and drive from the airport will enjoy a scenic trip along Routes Two, Six, and then Three, just far enough away from the coast that the interior and small towns are the focal point. The drive is smooth, but this may not always be the case as you explore the diver country of the Dominican Republic.
Knowing which types of activities you'll participate in during your stay in Bani is key in determining which type of vehicle you'll rent. If you'll spend your days at your hotel relaxing, shopping, and visiting restaurants, you'll be perfectly fine getting whichever type of vehicle you like. If you'll plan to be out and exploring the natural side of the island, a vehicle with good suspension and four-wheel drive will be necessary. Fortunately, these types of vehicles seem to be available in abundance in Bani. Unfortunately, they do cost a little more than a typical sedan. You can expect to spend anywhere from $30 to $125(USD) a day to rent in the area, and this will depend not only on the type of car you rent, but the added amenities you may request, and whether or not you get the recommended insurance.
In order to rent a car here, you'll need to be over the age of 21, have a valid passport, and a driver's license on top of a credit card with the appropriate available balance.
is the only rental service we have information on. Reach them at (809) 522-1397, or they are found on Carr Sanchez in the heart of Bani.
Driving in Bani comes down to which type of road you're traveling on. If you're driving on a major highway or in a more populous area of town, the roadways will be paved, lit, and well-marked, making the entire process similar to what you'd likely experience back home. Other areas will have you see roads that have fallen into disrepair with many cracks, pot holes, dulled markings, and maybe no road signs at all. The most rural, off-the-beaten-track areas won't even have paved roads at all, and you'll find yourself navigating down a path made of gravel and sand.
Keep this is mind as you plan your getaway. You'll need to be able to handle all of these scenarios if you'll be driving around Bani, plus, you'll need to keep an eye out for livestock and pedestrians on the road and be aware of the aggressive nature of the local drivers and not take offense to it.
There are many similarities to driving in the Dominican Republic and in the United States, like the fact that traffic moves on the right side of the road, you can't drive and talk on the phone, and seat belts are required. Gas prices are much higher, however, and speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour rather than miles per hour.
Since you might have issues spotting places to refuel, view the chart that follows to get an idea where some of them are located.
Whether or not you choose to rent a car will come down to your personal preferences, price, your level of comfort driving in a foreign country, and even maybe your age. Take all of these things into consideration as you make your travel arrangements and there is no doubt you'll make the right decision with regards to renting a car in Bani.
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