Las Terrenas has seen a great deal of growth in the last few years, and in turn tourism has begun to expand as well. There is plenty to see within Las Terrenas, the Samana province, and even throughout the Dominican Republic that urges tourists with an adventurous spirit to forgo using local transportation and rent a car of their own.
The best tip to take away about renting a car in Las Terrenas is to book early. The earlier you book, the better chance you have of not only getting the vehicle you request, but securing a good deal as well. The cost of a rental here is usually between $55 and $125(USD), which fluctuates depending on the type of vehicle you rent and whether or not you add insurance (which is highly recommended).
Most people who stay in the area rent from a local agency in Las Terrenas or at the airport when they arrive, so there is a decent amount of local and international agencies to select from. Regardless of who you go with, most agencies will be willing to drop your rental off at your hotel if you'd like to avoid having to go to the shop.
Requirements to renting a car in Las Terrenas are that you must be at least 21-years-old, have a valid driver's license, and a passport. You'll also need to pay with a credit card with enough of a balance to put down a deposit, which could be up to $500(USD). This money will be refunded to you when you return the vehicle.
A few tips: if you're traveling with children, make sure to bring a child safety seat with you from home. Also, take your destination into consideration as you choose which type of car you'd like to rent. If you'll be doing a lot of exploring a vehicle with four-wheel drive and good suspension is recommended, while if you're going to stick close to your hotel, you're fine renting the typical four-door sedan.
Check the following table for several of the rental agencies located in this area.
|Ada Rent A Car||(809) 240-6686||Avenue J P Duarte 233 - Las Terrenas|
|(809) 240-6784||J P Duarte 258 - Las Terrenas|
|(809) 240-6415||Las Terrenas|
|(829) 889-7703||Las Terrenas|
|(809) 374-2853||El Portillo 1 - Las Terrenas|
As shown below, prices vary with the season. The lowest rates in each table are usually only available from the least costly local firms when demand is low. The highest rates are what you may be quoted during the high season at one of the busier agencies.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Light SUV||$ 40.00||$ 75.00|
|Pickup Truck||$ 52.00||$ 120.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Light SUV||$ 250.00||$ 420.00|
|Pickup Truck||$ 325.00||$ 770.00|
Las Terrenas is accessible from two main roads, but most people will travel there from the west along Route DO-133 where the airport in Samana is located. The drive takes about 30 minutes, which gives visitors a small amount of time to get used to driving in the Dominican Republic. Along the way, drivers will not only be treated to a view of the coast, but one of the better maintained roads in the area. It is well paved and marked, but this is not something to get used to. Many other roads that are paved usually have plenty of pot holes and cracks to contend with, and lack street lights and road signs. There are also many roads that aren't paved at all, and are little more than gravel, dirt, or sand pathways.
Although the lack of paved roads may be something that is different from your home town, there is plenty about driving in Las Terrenas that is similar to the United States. For example, traffic moves on the right side of the road, seat belts are mandatory, and talking on your cell phone while you drive is prohibited.
While you're in Las Terrenas, you shouldn't have much trouble finding a gas station, but it is recommended that if you plan to go on a long trip, you fill up before hand and anytime you get close to half a tank and are near a station. This is to prevent you from running out of gas in an unknown, particularly rural area where it can be hard to find help. Also note that speed limited are posted in kilometers per hour.
happens to be the only gas station that we have for which we have information.
From morning until night, your days in Las Terrenas are easy to fill. Renting a car is not only a money saver, but a huge time saver as well. Take this into consideration as you begin planning your getaway and as you make decisions like whether or not to rent a car.
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