Renting a car in Boca Chica may not be for everyone, but for those who will be taking their transportation into their own hands, there are a few things to know about the whole process. Luckily, renting a car is not difficult, and Boca Chica is one of the towns on the island where driving is recommendable.
Tourist staying in Boca Chica will often find that the best place to get their rental car is when they arrive at , but there are options for those who won't be renting throughout the entirety of their stay, or perhaps those who are sailing or cruising to the island. Most recommend that you stick with well-known international chains because some of the lesser-known local agencies are not known for proper vehicle maintenance.
No matter where you rent from, you'll need to present the rental agency with your passport and driver's license in order to drive. Most places will require you to be 23-years-old to rent with them, but some will go down to 21; it is just a matter of calling around to find a business that will work for and with you.
The cost of renting a car ranges from $30 to $120(USD), though the average is about $100(USD) a day. You can find good deals in the off-season or if you book as part of an air fare/hotel/rental car package, but more important than finding a good deal is getting a vehicle that will keep you safe. When you venture off the main roads, you'll often encounter infrastructure that is not very well maintained, and for that reason renting a vehicle with four-wheel drive and good suspension is almost always recommended. Unfortunately, these sports utility vehicles tend to be on the higher end of the daily rental cost spectrum, but most agree that it is worth it to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are less likely to be stranded somewhere in a foreign country.
The table below lists the vehicle rental agencies in and around Boca Chica.
|Best Service Rent A Car||(809) 523-9074||J F P Gomez 8 - Boca Chica|
|(809) 549-8666||Ruta 66 No 46 - Boca Chica|
|(809) 523-5837||Caracol 27 - Boca Chica|
|(809) 549-2670||Ruta 66 No 1 - Boca Chica|
|Thrifty Las Americas Airport||(809) 549-0930||Las Américas International Airport - 4.9 mi. (7.9 km) West-Southwest of Boca Chica|
With all that said, it can be tricky finding a rental agency in the area. Yor best bet is to simply rent one while in the capital. If you wish, you can find a page similar to this one for Santo Domingo, which includes tables of local companies, contact information, and a more percise beakdown of prices. Click here to go to it.
...talking on a cell phone is not allowed...
are the best way to find your way around Boca Chica. Very few road names are posted throughout town, and even then, very few locals actually know the names. For this reason, if you ask for directions they will often tell you how to get to where you need to go by naming sites along the way. Road conditions throughout most of the town are fairly well-maintained, but there are some areas where if you travel off the main roads you'll wind up driving on unpaved streets. Drive with caution at all times, no matter where you are, keeping an eye out for pedestrians and livestock in the street, and other cars without headlights. Street lamps are almost as sparse as the road signs.
As you drive around you'll note that speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour rather than miles per hour. It is typical to see speeds posted at 60 kilometers in town, and 100 kilometers per hour out on the highways. Traffic moves on the right side of the road, seat belts are required, and talking on a cell phone is not allowed.
There is a series of major highways that connect Boca Chica with the rest of the country. If you plan on driving a long distance, make sure to fill up your gas tank before you hit the road, because it can be hard to find gas in some areas of the island. One final tip: don't make any plans to visit Haiti. Crossing the border is strongly discouraged.
You may need a bit of time to get used to driving in Boca Chica as compared to driving your home town, but after a short of time you should quickly be able to adapt to the rules of the road. Keeping all that you read above in mind, you should have very little trouble renting a car and getting around Boca Chica.
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