With dozens of attractions in the area, both nature and culturally based, there is a lot to be seen on a trip to Santiago De Los Caballeros. While you don't necessarily need a rental car to make this happen, if you've got a schedule packed full of sightseeing, it may be wise to consider a rental as your main source of transportation.
At between $55 and $125(USD) a day for a rental car, you'll find this to be a comparable choice if you'll be doing a lot of sightseeing and exploring. Taxi fare can quickly add up, and if you're visiting with a large party that expense will only multiply. Be prepared to place a hold of around $500(USD) on your credit card as a deposit, which will be refunded to you when you return the vehicle.
The requirements for renting a car are simply a valid driver's license and a passport. Depending on who you rent with, there will likely be an age limit placed on those who are able to rent as well. This is usually 23, but you may be 21 in some places.
There a few options with regards to where you can rent a car from. Many people will pick up their rental right away when they arrive at the airport, while others will want to relax at their accommodations for a few days before they do some sightseeing. These people can pick up their rental at several places in town, or request that the vehicle be delivered to them at their hotel. This is an added service that most places offer free of charge in order to remain competitive.
Keep your travel plans in mind when you choose which car you'd like to rent. If you'll be sticking the main areas of town and using the vehicle only on occasion to go shopping or visit a restaurant or two, a simple sedan will work out just fine. If you will be doing a lot of off-the-beaten-track exploring, however, make sure to ask for a vehicle with good suspension and four-wheel drive – you'll need it. Those visiting with children will also want to make sure to bring child safety seats along with them, because they can be hard to come by at rental agencies.
The chart below lists the vehicle rental agencies located in the immediate vicinity of Santiago De Los Caballeros.
|(809) 233-8154||Aeropuerto Internacional Cibao - 7.7 mi. (12.4 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|Avis Santiago||(809) 582-7007||Carretera Duarte KM2 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 612-5902||Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 275-3661||Av Pdte A Guzman 22 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 612-3883||Av V Espaillat 3 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 585-5908||J Checo 21 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 247-1977||A G Fernandez 328 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|Monumental Rent A Car||(809) 226-3162||Av R Vidal 1 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 612-3531||V Espaillat 7 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 247-5531||Av Pdte A G Fernandez 92 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|Sixt Rent A Car||(809) 583-4114||Av 27 de Febrero 134 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 570-8823||Pte VAsquez 81 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|(809) 241-7373||Av S E SadhalA! 16 - Santiago De Los Caballeros|
For the most part, visitors from the United States should feel right at home driving in Santiago De Los Caballeros. Most of the laws are the same, and traffic even flows on the right side of the road, which is unusual for islands in the Caribbean. There are a few differences to be aware of when you hit the road.
First, the road conditions. While the government and private sector have been making an honest effort to get the roads up to par, and there are plenty of smoothly paved roads, most of the roads you drive on will be filled with cracks, dips, and pot holes that make the ride a bumpy one. There are also a great deal of roads that remain unpaved, and are very rugged. These roads you'll need to watch out for because they can become muddy traps after a good rain.
Speed signs here are posted in kilometers per hour, it is common to see livestock and pedestrians walking down the road, and road signs are few and far between. You'll quickly become accustomed to learning how to get around by looking for landmarks that locals have described to you rather than keeping an eye out for a road name. Be aware that gas prices are typically much pricier, and make sure to fill up before heading out on a long drive.
Check the chart below which displays a few fueling options in and around Santiago De Los Caballeros.
|0.2 mi. (0.3 km) East of Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|1.5 mi. (2.5 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros|
|3.7 mi. (5.9 km) Southeast of Santiago De Los Caballeros|
It doesn't take much to rent a car in Santiago De Los Caballeros, so tourists needn't be deterred by the thought of a time consuming rental process. In the end, you're likely to save time getting around and money skipping multiple taxi rides, making renting a win all around.
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