Renting a Car in the Dominican Republic

Rental cars allow travelers to explore the island at their leisure

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With a land area much greater than most Caribbean islands, the Dominican Republic can be much more of a challenge to explore. Travelers who want to visit places like Punta Cana, Cabarete, and Santo Domingo all in one trip should consider the option of renting a car.

Renting a Car

Rental cars are a great option for visitors looking for freedom and mobility while exploring the Dominican Republic. There are wide array of car rental companies to choose from in all of the major tourist locations throughout the island. These agencies rent out all kinds of vehicles, from regular sedans to four wheel drive vehicles.

The Dominican Republic is home to many international and local car rental companies that can meet your travel needs.

Take a look at the following chart for the vehicle rental agencies in this area.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
American International Rent A Car (809) 687-0505 Downtown Santo Domingo
Avis Ciabo International Airport (809) 233-8154 Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao - 7.7 mi. (12.4 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros
Avis Galerias 360 (809) 544-1573 Galeria 360 - 3.1 mi. (5.0 km) West-Northwest of Santo Domingo
Avis Las Americas International Airport (809) 586-0214 Las Américas International Airport - 4.9 mi. (7.9 km) West-Southwest of Boca Chica
Avis Novocentro Mall (809) 540-5550 Novo Centro - 2.6 mi. (4.1 km) West of Santo Domingo
Avis Puerto Plata (809) 586-4436 Carretera Luperon km 4 1/2 - Puerto Plata
Avis Santiago (809) 582-7007 Carretera Duarte KM2 - Santiago De Los Caballeros
Avis Santo Domingo Downtown (809) 535-7191 517 George Washington Avenue - Downtown Santo Domingo
Budget Car Rental (809) 566-6666 Expresso John F. Kennedy - 3.5 mi. (5.6 km) West of Santo Domingo
Dollar Rent A Car -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Europcar Las Americas (809) 565-4455 Las Américas International Airport - 4.9 mi. (7.9 km) West-Southwest of Boca Chica
Europcar Puerto Plata (809) 586-0215 Gregorio Luperón International Airport - Puerto Plata
Europcar Santo Domingo (809) 549-0454 Downtown Santo Domingo
Francis Rent-A-Car (809) 574-2981 Carr Federico Basilis Km 2 - Jarabacoa
Freddy's Car Motor Rental (809) 571-3146 Sosua
Globo Rent A Car (809) 612-3883 Av V Espaillat 3 - Santiago De Los Caballeros
Hertz Las Americas (809) 233-8555 Las Américas International Airport - 4.9 mi. (7.9 km) West-Southwest of Boca Chica
Hertz Puerto Plata (809) 586-0200 Gregorio Luperón International Airport - 8.0 mi. (12.8 km) East-Southeast of Puerto Plata
Hertz Santo Domingo (809) 221-5333 Jose Maria Heredia 1 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Hope Rent A Car (809) 549-1371 Aut Las Americas - Downtown Santo Domingo
Joalvyn Rent A Car (809) 247-1977 A G Fernandez 328 - Santiago De Los Caballeros
Mambo 2 Rent A Car -- Downtown Puerto Plata
Mc Auto -- Aut L AmA(c)ricas - Downtown Santo Domingo
National Car Rental (809) 221-0805 Downtown Santo Domingo
Nelly Rent A Car (809) 593-7997 Ave. San Vicente de Paul No. 62 - 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) South West of Santo Domingo
Ozavi Rent A Car, C X A (809) 598-2000 Ave. Las Americas #66 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Payless Car Rental (809) 688-6518 G Washington 151 - Downtown Santo Domingo
Plaxo Car Rental (809) 612-3531 V Espaillat 7 - Santiago De Los Caballeros
Pradera Rent A Car (809) 247-5531 Av Pdte A G Fernandez 92 - Santiago De Los Caballeros
Raysa Rent A Car (809) 273-1192 66 No 34, La Caleta - Downtown Santo Domingo
Renault Dominicana (809) 566-7197 4.7 mi. (7.6 km) West of Santo Domingo
Sandro's Rent A Car -- Cabarete
Sixt Rent A Car (809) 583-4114 Av 27 de Febrero 134 - Santiago De Los Caballeros
Talleres American Car Import (809) 571-4001 Sosua
Thrifty Avenida George Washington (809) 688-6518 51 Avenida George Washington - Santo Domingo
Thrifty Gregorio Luperon Airport (809) 333-4000 Gregorio Luperón International Airport - 8.0 mi. (12.8 km) East-Southeast of Puerto Plata
Thrifty Jardines del Este (809) 333-4000 Avenida Jardines del Este - Santo Domingo
Thrifty Las Americas Airport (809) 549-0930 Las Américas International Airport - 4.9 mi. (7.9 km) West-Southwest of Boca Chica
Thrifty Lope de Vega (809) 333-4000 Avenida Lope de Vega - Downtown Santo Domingo
Toys Rent A Car (809) 570-8823 Pte VAsquez 81 - Santiago De Los Caballeros

When choosing your car rental company, keep in mind that local companies often offer lower prices on the vehicles in their fleet, while international rental firms can offer reliability and increased insurance.

The Cost of Renting a Car

To secure a car rental in the Dominican Republic, drivers must have a valid passport and a valid driver's license from their home country. Most companies have minimum age requirements of 25, although some require drivers to be 21 or 26 years of age. You will also need a major credit card for a security deposit, usually in the range of $150(USD) to $250(USD). Travelers should make sure that this deposit is refunded.

Vehicle rental insurance on your credit card is useful, and companies sell collision damage insurance from $10(USD) to $16(USD) per day. Renters should always thoroughly review insurance policies and the vehicle's condition before making a final agreement with the company. Rental companies often supply a full tank of gas, and renters should fill it up before returning the vehicle.

This set of tables offer a general indication of the local rental market. The lowest rates only apply to the least expensive agencies during the off season. The high end of the range is what you might be quoted at one of the busier agencies during the high season.

Vehicle Rentals, Daily Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Economy Car $ 17.00 $ 48.00
Compact Car $ 18.00 $ 56.00
Mid Size Car $ 20.00 $ 64.00
Full Size Car $ 26.00 $ 80.00
Standard SUV $ 38.00 $ 560.00
Light SUV $ 40.00 $ 80.00
Mini Van $ 45.00 $ 60.00
Pickup Truck $ 50.00 $ 120.00
Heavy SUV $ 55.00 $ 260.00
Vehicle Rentals, Weekly Rates
Rental Type Low Rate High Rate
Compact Car $ 106.00 $ 341.00
Mid Size Car $ 116.00 $ 385.00
Economy Car $ 118.00 $ 323.00
Full Size Car $ 124.00 $ 525.00
Standard SUV $ 203.00 $ 1000.00
Light SUV $ 250.00 $ 520.00
Mini Van $ 315.00 $ 365.00
Pickup Truck $ 322.00 $ 770.00
Heavy SUV $ 360.00 $ 1350.00

Driving on Dominican Republic

Driving is done on the right side of the road in the Dominican Republic. Speed limits in the country range from 30 mph to 50 mph, depending on whether you are in an urban or rural area. As in many Caribbean countries, driving can be dangerous in the Dominican Republic, and those renting a vehicle should remain alert and cautious while on the road. Roads in some areas have potholes or are poorly lit, and many locals have cars without adequate lighting and signaling devices. As a result, drivers should steer away from nighttime driving.

Seat belts are required by law, as is the use of hands-free cell phone devices should you wish to talk while in the car. Child safety seats, however, are not required by law. Drivers should be watchful for overzealous pedestrians and wary of right-of-way traditions, as these are generally not obeyed. Traffic law enforcement ranges from strict to lax, and it has been said that some officers pull over drivers for ambiguous reasons to collect small fees.

Spots to refuel your car in the area are luckily quite abundant. View the listing just below for locations. the table

Gas Stations
Name Phone Location
Coastal Gas Sosua -- 12.5 mi. (20.1 km) East of Puerto Plata
Esso -- Cabarete
Esso Gas Constanza (809) 539-2477 Constanza
Esso Gas Jarabacoa -- Jarabacoa
Esso Puerto Plata -- Puerto Plata
Esso San Cristobal -- San Cristobal
Esso Santiago Soriano -- 0.2 mi. (0.3 km) East of Santiago De Los Caballeros
Estacion De Gasolina Shell -- Barahona
Estación De Gas Credigas (809) 596-5188 5.5 mi. (8.8 km) East of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gas Onegas (809) 684-6450 2.7 mi. (4.3 km) Northwest of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina -- 28.7 mi. (46.2 km) West-Southwest of Puerto Plata
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- Monte Cristi
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- 2.6 mi. (4.1 km) West-Southwest of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- 4.6 mi. (7.4 km) West of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Esso -- 6.4 mi. (10.3 km) West of Santo Domingo
Estación De Gasolina Texaco -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Gasolinera -- Pedernales
Isla Gas Constanza (809) 539-2548 Constanza
Isla Gas Jarabacoa -- Jarabacoa
Isla Gas Puerto Plata -- Downtown Puerto Plata
Isla Gas Salcedo -- Salcedo
Isla Gas San Cristobal -- San Cristobal
Isla Gas Station -- Bajos De Haina
Marapica Gas Station -- Puerto Plata
Shell Gas Constanza (809) 539-2727 Constanza
Shell Gas Jarabacoa -- Jarabacoa
Shell Gas Monticristi -- Monte Cristi
Shell Gas Station Gaspar Hernandez -- Gaspar Hernandez
Shell Gas Station Santo Domingo -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Shell Gas Station Santo Domingo II (809) 567-2870 2.7 mi. (4.4 km) West-Northwest of Santo Domingo
Shell Puerto Plata -- Puerto Plata
Shell Station Santiago -- 1.5 mi. (2.5 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros
Sunix -- Puerto Plata
Texaco Cuesta Hermosa -- 4.6 mi. (7.4 km) Northwest of Santo Domingo
Texaco Dajabon -- The Western side of the Dominican Republic
Texaco Gas Cabarete -- 18.8 mi. (30.3 km) East of Puerto Plata
Texaco Gas Tiero -- 13.4 mi. (21.5 km) South of Jarabacoa
Texaco Imbert -- Imbert
Texaco La Maguana -- San Juan de la Maguana
Texaco Salcedo -- Salcedo
Texaco Santiago Duarte -- 3.7 mi. (5.9 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros
Texaco Sosua -- Sosua

With such a large and diverse region to explore, a rental car can be the best option for making sure that you see much of what the Dominican Republic has to offer.

The Dominican Republic is a large nation, and the prices and policies of renting a car can change depending on where exactly you are. Once you figure out your ultimate destination, take a look at one of our local rental car guides. Some of the most popular destinations' rental car guides are listed below.

Rental Agencies in Specific Areas
Guide to Boca Chica Rental Cars
Guide to Cabarete Rental Cars
Guide to Casa de Campo Rental Cars
Guide to Juan Dolio Rental Cars
Guide to La Romana Rental Cars
Guide to Las Terrenas Rental Cars
Guide to Monte Cristi Rental Cars
Guide to Puerto Plata Rental Cars
Guide to Punta Cana Rental Cars
Guide to Rio San Juan Rental Cars
Guide to Samana Rental Cars
Guide to San Pedro de Macoris Rental Cars
Guide to Santiago De Los Caballeros Rental Cars
Guide to Santo Domingo Rental Cars
Guide to Sosua Rental Cars



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