As the third largest city in the Dominican Republic, there is a lot of area to cover on a visit to La Romana. Many people find that the best way to handle this is by renting a car. You can cover the most terrain in the least amount of time, plus save in taxi fare. There are many other perks that come with renting a car, including being completely in charge of your own schedule and never ending up stranded on the side of the road.
Rental cars can be found both at the taxi to their hotel then either pick up their rental for a day or two of exploring the area or even have the rental agency drop the vehicle off to them. This can be done at no extra cost to the renter, and serves as a perk to entice customers. On average, rental cars in La Romana cost anywhere from $55 to $125(USD) a day. The price depends on the type of vehicle you request as well as if you need any extra amenities like a GPS unit, whether or not you add on insurance, and even what time of year you rent. You can save money by renting your car as part of a travel package, renting from a local agency rather than an international chain (though this comes with its own set of concerns), and visiting in the off-season.and in town, and most tourists will choose to pick up their rental when they arrive at the airport and keep it with them throughout the duration of their stay. Others will take a
Though they are few, there are some requirements for renting a car in La Romana. You'll have to be over the age of 21, and many agencies will even require you to be older than 23. You'll also need to have your passport and a valid driver's license. Some agencies will also require that you put a deposit down, which could place a hold of up to $500(USD) on your credit card to be removed when you return your rental.
If you're visiting with children, make sure to come prepared with the appropriate child safety seats. Most rental agencies will not provide them, and you'll want to make sure you have everything you need to keep kids safe as you drive.
Check out the following table for a few rental agencies located in this area.
|Avis Downtown La Romana||(809) 550-0600||35 Francisco Castillo Marquez - La Romana|
|Avis La Romana International Airport||(809) 813-9099||La Romana International Airport - 5.5 mi. (8.9 km) East of La Romana|
|Hertz La Romana||(809) 813-9351||La Romana International Airport - 5.5 mi. (8.9 km) East of La Romana|
As you can see below, prices will vary depending on the season. The lowest rates in each table are usually only available from the least expensive agencies during the slowest times of the year. The highest rates are what you may be quoted at one of the busier agencies during the high season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 24.00||$ 38.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 34.00||$ 52.00|
|Light SUV||$ 45.00||$ 80.00|
|Pickup Truck||$ 50.00||$ 68.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 62.00||$ 90.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 140.00||$ 225.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 210.00||$ 325.00|
|Light SUV||$ 285.00||$ 520.00|
|Pickup Truck||$ 322.00||$ 434.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 405.00||$ 590.00|
...always be on alert ...
If you're picking your rental up from the airport, your first experience driving will be about 90 minutes along the Las Americas Highway. This drive will give you the opportunity to get used to the rules of the road in the Dominican Republic, starting with road conditions. Las Americas is actually a decent roadway, and in major cities and as you travel along the highways you'll find these roads to be the norm. In less populated areas, however, it is commonplace to encounter roads that have fallen into disrepair and that are filled with cracks and pot holes. Then, there are the roads that aren't paved, basically just paths that are made of dirt, gravel, or sand. These roads can become mud traps after a heavy rain, so always be on alert when you're traveling down dirt paths.
Very few roads off the highway have road signs, and locals will typically give directions using landmarks. What you will see are speed limits posted in kilometers per hour. On highways, speeds are usually marked at 100 kilometers per hour, while in town you'll see 60 kilometers per hour is more common. Driving is done on the right side of the road like in the United States, and other similarities include the fact that wearing a seat belt is mandatory, and talking on your cell phone while you're behind the wheel is not allowed.
Driving from Santo Domingo, you may encounter aggressive drivers who are quick to lay on the horn. Just do what you can to drive safely and ignore the outside noise. Keep an eye out for people and animals on the road, and if you're traveling at night, be warned that some local driver don't have headlights.
While renting a car is not necessary for all of the city's visitors, if it makes sense to have a car at the ready for your trip to La Romana, you'll find it easy to rent one – even if it is not so easy to drive on some of the area's roads.
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