Despite being a small town, Sosua is packed full of both natural and cultural sites to see. It is entirely possible to use public transportation to see it all, but those who choose to rent a car will find that it optimizes their time, and even saves them money over-all.
Most of the area's major rental car agencies have locations at the airport in Puerto Plata, and tourists will typically pick up their rental when they arrive then drive to Sosua. Prices from this location can be high, at about $85(USD) a day, but you can find savings by booking package deals, traveling during the off-season, and even doing something as simple as reserving your vehicle a few weeks in advance of your trip. You'll also be able to find rentals in Sosua, so don't worry if you want to spend a few days relaxing at your resort before you set out exploring the area.
In order to rent a car here, you'll need to be at least 21, though some agencies will require that you be as old as 25. You'll also need to present your passport and a valid driver's license before the rental will be released to you. In addition to the amount of money you'll spend renting the car on a daily basis, you'll also need to pay a deposit of up to $500(USD) which will be held on your credit card until the vehicle is returned in working order, at which time the money will be refunded.
The chart below shows the rental agencies located in and around Sosua.
|(809) 571-4109||Duarte 4 - Sosua|
|(809) 571-4361||P Clisante 105 - Sosua|
Driving in Sosua is not too different than what you'd experience in a small country town in the United States. Although the government and private sector have been making great strides recently to up the quality of the infrastructure, most of the roads here remain filled with pot holes, without dividing lines or street lights, and lacking in signage. The major highways that connect one city to the next tend to be the exception, and you can often expect to have a smooth ride when you're driving on them. In small towns, rural areas, and around beaches and natural attractions, you'll often encounter roads that aren't paved at all. They can be difficult to manage and become muddy quickly after a good rain, so always keep your guard up when you're driving on one of these paths. Also, it is important to keep an eye out for people and animals on the roads at all times, because they are commonly found roaming the streets.
...keep your guard up when you're driving...
Traffic here moves on the right side of the roads, speed limits are noted in kilometers per hour, and gas is expensive. Make sure to fill up before you head out on a long trip or go off exploring in rural areas because you may not find gas stations for miles and you don't want to run out of gas at an inopportune time. If you're traveling with children, make sure to bring a safety seat with you. Finally, crossing the border to Haiti is very strongly discouraged.
Due to the fact that there are a limited number of gasoline stations near the surrounding area, you will want to take a look at the list just below to gain a better feel for the situation.
|12.5 mi. (20.1 km) East of Puerto Plata|
|18.8 mi. (30.3 km) East of Puerto Plata|
While not a necessity, a rental car in Sosua certainly makes getting around on your own schedule easier than relying on public transportation. While there is much to recommend renting, in the end it will come down to your needs and desires for your tropical getaway as you make the final decision.
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