About two hours away from some of the most popular and busiest resort towns in the Dominican Republic on either side of it, La Vega is the perfect destination for tourists who prefer a quiet getaway. Set on more mountainous terrain, this is one spot on the island where not having a rental car may mean staying put thanks to the lack of buses and taxis.
La Vega is so remote that it can be hard to find a rental car in town. If you won't be driving yourself from the airport, you'll need to make a stop in nearby Jarabacoa along the way to pick up your vehicle. Here, you'll need to have your passport and driver's license, a credit card that can cover not only the cost of the rental, but the cost of a deposit as well, and you will need to be over the age of 21.
Check the following table for a few vehicle rental agencies serving La Vega.
|(809) 574-6878||20 Calle Paseo de los Profesores - Jarabacoa|
|(809) 574-2981||2 Carretera Federico Basilis - Jarabacoa|
Rental costs could be anywhere between $55 and $125 depending on the type of vehicle you rent, where you rent from, the amenities you request, and whether or not you purchase insurance. If you'll be traveling with children, plan to bring your own safety seat because it is rare that rental cars will have them on hand for you.
Driving in La Vega means sticking to the right side of the road. It is required that everyone in a moving vehicle wear a seat belt, and drivers are prohibited form talking on their cell phones. Local roads are often unpaved and covered in dirt, unless you are in the center of town where they are ruggedly paved. Very few streets have names, and locals give directions by making mention of landmarks. Speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour, rather than miles per hour.
Drivers can be aggressive and are known to honk their horns frequently to get their point across. It is best that you learn to ignore this trait and just focus on driving as safely as you possibly can. Be on the lookout for pedestrians and livestock in the streets, especially at night because there are no street lamps to light to roads.
Because there are just a few gas stations around the surrounding area, be sure to take a look at the table directly below to see some of their locations.
If you hope to strike out on your own and explore the area without the need of a tour guide, renting a car is the best way to be able to do so. Take the time to learn local driving laws and study road maps before you arrive and you shouldn't have any trouble driving around, despite what will probably be road conditions different than what you are used to experiencing back home.
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