Despite the town of Nagua being a transportation hub in the Samana region, that mode of transport focuses mainly on buses (called gaguas) rather than cars. Still, many people who stay here will have want or need for a rental car and the town is able to provide in limited amounts.
Because Nagua is located in a less developed part of the country, renting a sports utility vehicle is the most popular option as they are better equipped for the rugged nature of the roads. Make sure to ask for a Jeep or other SUV if you plan to venture out and explore more than local beaches.
Most people will end up renting a car from the airport and driving in to town, but if you decide to take a guaga and then pick up your rental, you'll find that options are limited.
is the one rental service we have information on. If you want more information, you can call them at (809) 584-1110, or find them on Av M T Sanchez 1 in the heart of Nagua.
Regardless of where you rent from, you'll need to be over the age of 23, have a passport, and a valid driver's license. In some cases, you will be required to pay a deposit of up to $500(USD) in addition to the cost of the vehicle, so be sure to have that amount available on your credit card. The charge will generally be dropped when you return the vehicle.
If you visit in the off-season, you may get lucky and be able to find a rental for $50 a day including the options insurance (which is highly recommended). However, the closer to tourism season that you visit, the larger the vehicle you request, the more amenities you need, the higher the price will go and you could very well end up spending $125(USD) a day. Local companies will often offer deals for tourists renting for periods of time over five days, so don't be afraid to ask if they have discounted prices.
Driving in this area should not be a difficult task to overcome. Roads do vary from paved to dirt, so you will need to be prepared for slightly rough conditions like cracks, dips, pot holes, and an over all bumpy ride, but the fact that there are roads at all is helpful. Speed limits are not always posted, but when they are you'll notice they are in kilometeres per hour rather than miles per hour, and driving is done on the right side of the road. Seat belts are required and driver's are prohibited from chatting on their cell-phones while the vehicle is in motion.
is the only gas station we were able to get we have information on. Visit this location in the northern part of Nagua.
If you prefer to drive yourself rather than take the guagua to do your sightseeing, renting a car is a great way to get around. If you simply take the time to get to know local rules of the roads and driving conditions before you arrive, you'll find the process to be that much easier.
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