Because the bus services in Cabarete are limited, many tourists choose to rent a car as their main source of transport. The process of doing so is not difficult, and there are a few other options available for those who may prefer traveling by motorbike.
Most people agree that the best place to rent a vehicle for your stay in Cabarete is from one of the international rental agencies stationed at the airport when you arrive. Those who don't need to rent right away will find just a few local agencies in town to choose from, located near the bus terminal. The cost to rent a car will be anywhere from $30 to $125(USD), and the price will vary based upon a number of factors including when you travel, the type of car you rent, and whether or not you add insurance. Although most different types of vehicles are available, the recommended vehicle is a sports utility vehicle with four wheel drive and good suspension because of the local road conditions.
...get a scooter or motorcycle...
The rules for renting a car here are simple. You need to be at least 21-years-old (though most places will require you to be 23 or even 25), have a valid driver's license from your home country, and have a passport. In addition, you'll need a credit card with not only the necessary amount to rent a vehicle, but around $500(USD) to cover the cost of a deposit which will be refunded to you when you return the vehicle.
If you're traveling with young ones, make sure to bring child safety seats from home. Most rental agencies will not provide them, and you want to be able to keep kids as safe as possible on these unreliable roads.
Not everyone who rents a vehicle here wants four wheels. It is possible to get a scooter or motorcycle for between $10 and $15(USD) per day. There are several scooter rental shops along the main road, and many of the resorts in town rent them out to guests. One thing to be aware of is that helmets are a rarity here, so you may want to bring your own from home.
The most important thing to know about driving in the Dominican Republic is that the road conditions vary greatly. In larger towns you'll find well kept, paved roads (that are often congested with traffic), while in more rural areas, or off-the-beaten track, you'll encounter pot holes, cracks, and dips that make the drive slightly uncomfortable. Many roads are little more than sandy pathways that easily become mud traps when it rains.
Otherwise, driving here is similar to driving in the United States. Traffic flows on the right side of the road, you can't talk on your cell phone and drive, and seat belts are required when the vehicle is in motion. You may notice that the most major difference is that speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour rather than miles per hour. On the highways you can typically drive 100 kilometers per hour, while 60 kilometers per hour elsewhere is the norm.
View this table for some of the rental centers in this area.
|(809) 571-0453||Ppal No 12 - Cabarete|
The following tables offer a general sense of local rental rates. The low rates in the tables are typically only available from the least expensive agencies when plenty of cars are on hand. The high end of the range is what you can anticipate during the peak season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Mid Size Car||$ 35.00||$ 50.00|
|Mini Van||$ 45.00||$ 60.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 45.00||$ 560.00|
|Light SUV||$ 50.00||$ 60.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Mid Size Car||$ 200.00||$ 295.00|
|Mini Van||$ 315.00||$ 365.00|
Make sure to fill up on gas before taking a long trip, because it can be hard to find stations in some of the more rural areas.
Because there are a small selection of places that sell gas around the surrounding area, you will want to take a look at the table directly below to see where you can find some of the companies.
|12.5 mi. (20.1 km) East of Puerto Plata|
|18.8 mi. (30.3 km) East of Puerto Plata|
You can rent a car, a van, a sports utility vehicle, and even a scooter for your travels through Cabarete. The type of vehicle is up to you based on your personal preferences, your budget, and what simply makes the most sense. The more you learn about renting a car and driving in the area, like all of the information above, the easier the decision making process in this case will be.
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