Thanks to the all-inclusive nature of Casa de Campo, tourists staying here rarely look into renting a car. There are a few, however, who will feel the need to take matters into their own hand and explore parts of the Dominican Republic that the resort won't take you to. If this sounds like you, read on to learn what it takes to rent a car here.
If you'll be renting a car here, you can do so at the airport, or directly from Casa de Campo where there is a rental car agency on site. Not only do they offer cars, but golf carts are especially popular. You can get a four-seater for $35(USD) a day or a full-sized vehicle for between $55 and $125(USD) a day. You'll do fine sticking to a golf cart on property, but if you plan to go out and explore, ask for a vehicle with four-wheel drive and good suspension.
In order to rent any kind of vehicle, you'll need to be at least 21-years-old, have a driver's license, and a passport. In addition to this, you'll need to have a credit card with a large enough available balance to cover the cost of the rental and a $500(USD) or more deposit to be returned to you when you return the vehicle.
Remember to bring the appropriate child safety seats if you are traveling with young ones.
Check the following chart for some rental agencies serving Casa de Campo.
|Avis Casa de Campo||(809) 480-8897||La Marina - La Romana|
|Avis La Romana International Airport||(809) 813-9099||La Romana International Airport - 5.5 mi. (8.9 km) East of La Romana|
|Hertz La Romana||(809) 813-9351||La Romana International Airport - 5.5 mi. (8.9 km) East of La Romana|
As you're driving around Casa de Campo and the surrounding areas, you'll quickly discover that many of the roads are merely paths through the brush comprised of sand, gravel, and dirt. Yes, there are plenty of paved roads throughout the Dominican Republic, but they tend to be in large cities and as part of the major highway system. When you do encounter paved roads, it is likely that there will be a few cracks and pot holes here and there, so you'll always want to be on the lookout for these structural issues, as well as pedestrians and livestock in the road.
...they like to honk their horns...
Local laws and driving styles are pretty similar to those in the United States – even if laws here are rarely enforced. You'll drive on the right side of the road, you'll wear a seat belt, and you should avoid talking on your cell phone while you're driving. Gas stations are plentiful in cities, but you should fill up before heading out on any long trips and pay attention to the fact that road signs are posted in kilometers per hour. The signs on the highways will typically read 100 kilometers per hour, but in town 60 kilometers per hour is more the norm.
Drivers from the area are known for being aggressive and they like to honk their horns, so don't be offended or even intimidated if you encounter some "vocal" vehicles.
Whether you feel more comfortable with a rental car at your disposal at all times, or you just need a vehicle for a day of exploring, you can make it happen with few phone calls and having the proper documents on hand. Striking out and exploring the area is a surefire way to enhance your trip to Casa de Campo.
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