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Rental car round trip - Dominican Republic

Car rental adventure in the Dominican Republic

Highlights

  • Discover a paradisiacal, tropical landscape

  • Experience the "other" Dominican Republic

  • Set your own pace with your rental car

  • Watch majestic humpback whales

  • Relax on the most beautiful beaches

Description

On this trip across the country, you will discover the most beautiful spots and highlights of the Dominican Republic. Get to know Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the "New World", and experience the beauty of the southwest with dreamlike views of the Caribbean Sea. On the peninsula of Samana, you will experience a paradisiacal tropical landscape with secluded beaches in hidden bays.

Destination

Caribbean

Santo Domingo - Baharona - Constanza - Santiago - Las Terrenas

Upon arrival in Santo Domingo, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day as you wish and explore the oldest city in the "New World" on your own.

1 night at the Hotel Villa Colonial***, in a Standard Room, Santo Domingo. Dominican Republic

Before you take over the rental car, there is the possibility of a half-day excursion in Santo Domingo. Here you will get to know the first European city in America. In Santo Domingo, the first cathedral was built, the first governor resided, the first bishop was consecrated and the first hospital opened. The lively city of over a million inhabitants has a number of cultural, and especially architectural, sights to offer that you won't find anywhere else.

You will start in the historic old town, the so-called Zona Colonial, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the city tour, you will visit the Palace of Diego Columbus, the Palace of the First Master Builder, the Cathedral and the Parque Colón with the bronze monument of Christopher Columbus. You will also walk through Calle de las Damas, Ladies Street and El Conde, the famous pedestrian street with many stores, street vendors, bars and restaurants.

After picking up your rental car, you will finally head along the coastal road towards San Cristóbal, the birthplace of the dictator known as Trujillo. The city is now a market and commercial center and has a beautiful baroque church. We wil then continue to the province of Peravia and the region of sugar cane. Thanks to the abundance of water, sugar cane has been grown here since colonial times. In Hatillo you should not miss the beautiful view of the bay of Ocoa.

The drive takes you through the fertile coastal plain, where large plantations are located. Later, the road climbs through dry and stony land dotted with cacti and agaves into the mountains, which are scenically very reminiscent of Mexico. Shortly after, a wide, dreamy view of the great Rio Yaque del Sur opens up with numerous palm trees in the river valley and steep walls. This is the only river oasis in this dry area. You will reach the provincial capital of Barahona, located at the bay of Neiba, around the evening. This is where the famous pirate Cofresí, is said to have had his lair.

Santo Domingo - Barahona: 230 km / approx. 3.5 hours

2 nights in Hotel El Quemaito*** with breakfast in Standard Room, Barahona. Dominican Republic

Today you are free for some sightseeing along the southwest coast.

You can drive towards the southwest along the picturesque coastal road. The stone beaches of the Barahona Peninsula are of overwhelming beauty and boast real natural treasures. You will not be able to get enough of the play of colors of the wonderfully glittering Caribbean Sea and the valleys covered with lush tropical vegetation. In Enriquillo, you can visit a weekly market (only in the morning!), where fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as different kinds of meat and fish, are offered.

The ride leads back towards Barahona and, at Los Patos, refreshing rivers and the pebble beach invite you to swim. In San Rafael, surrounded by lush nature and several natural pools and watercourses, you can refresh and relax. In Bahoruco, you will have the opportunity to visit an authentic Larimar workshop and watch the processing of this stone. The Dominican Republic is the only country in the world where these gems can be found.

Passing by sugar cane fields, today you will first travel, via Azua and Bani, toward San Cristóbal. From there you will drive through a beautiful, green landscape, past typical Dominican villages towards the north. Stalls along the road offer you tropical fruits. Large plantations of citrus fruits stretch out in a high valley.

You will reach Jarabacoa at 600 m above sea level. The place is surrounded by pine forests, mountains and river valleys. Spring-like temperatures prevail here all year round. The health resort is the center for hiking lovers and nature lovers. In the Monte Alto coffee factory, everything about the cultivation and processing of coffee will be explained to you. Take a hike to one of the famous waterfalls - Salto Baiguate or Salto Jimenoa.

Barahona - Jarabacoa: 320 km / approx. 4.5 hours

1 night in Hotel Rancho Baiguate*** with breakfast in Standard Room, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.

Today your drive will take you to the small, family street village of Cabarete, known for its long sandy beach. The bay of Cabarete is one of the best surfing spots in the world, as there are excellent conditions for surfers all year round. The center of the town, along the main street, is characterized mainly by cozy restaurants. On the beach, there are many stores, boutiques and beach cafes that invite you to stroll. The biggest attraction of the area, however, is certainly the El Choco national park, about two kilometers away from the village, which offers impressive stalactite caves and an idyllic lake for swimming.

Jarabacoa - Cabarete: 125 km / approx. 1.5 hours

1 night in Hotel Natura Cabana****+ with breakfast in Standard Room, Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Today's drive takes you northeast to the Samaná Peninsula. Enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean along the impressive coastal road. On the way, you will pass the town of Nagua, whose surroundings offer particularly beautiful natural beaches.

The 63-kilometer-long and 10-20 km wide peninsula of Samaná is characterized by the paradisiacal tropical landscape with secluded beaches in hidden bays, clean mountain rivers, rugged rocky coasts and a rich bird life.

Finally, you will reach the lively center of the northeast coast, Las Terrenas, where you can still feel the magic of the Caribbean. The beach is natural and you will find coconuts in the sand.

Travel time Cabarete - Las Terrenas: 180 km / approx. 2.5 hours

2 nights in Hotel Playa Colibri***+ with breakfast in apartment B, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Let yourself relax on the beautiful and unique sandy beaches. Here you will experience pure Caribbean life. Palm trees sway in the gentle breeze as you savor cool cocktails and freshly prepared seafood, and the sounds of merengue and bachata complete the atmosphere.

Take a boat tour to Los Haïtises National Park (optional). This is one of the most interesting and untouched areas of tropical jungle in the Caribbean. The excursion leads to the coastal zone of the protected area, which covers more than 200 km². Along the coast there is a huge green mangrove belt and more than 50 small islands form a labyrinth of waterways. Over millions of years, rainfall has eroded caves here. These caves provided shelter for the indigenous people and stone carvings still bear witness to this today. The park area represents one of the most important retreats of the native fauna and flora. Cave visits, bird breeding islands, mangrove forests and much more make this day an unforgettable experience.

Every year from late January to late March, nearly the entire humpback whale population of the North Atlantic Ocean gathers in the waters of the Dominican Republic. In these warm and protected coastal waters, both the mating and the birth of the whale calves take place. Samaná Bay is one of the few places in the world where whale calves can be seen up close with their mothers. Groups of bulls can also be observed in their fights for the females. Become part of this unique natural spectacle!

Enjoy the morning on the beach as you wish or do some last-minute shopping in the village. At noon, you will enjoy the drive to Punta Cana along the very charming coast.

Drop off the rental car at the airport around 5 p.m. at the latest.

Las Terrenas - Punta Cana: 285 km / approx. 3,5 hours

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Hotel Villa Colonial***, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1 night)

The Caribbean Old Town Hotel offers you space to relax and is located just a few steps away from the attractions of Santo Domingo. The Hotel Villa Colonial offers elegant rooms with modern amenities that include a pool, air conditioning, free Internet and cable TV. All 11 comfortable rooms are decorated in modern art-deco style with paintings by Dominican artist José Cestero.

El Quemaito***, Barahona, Dominican Republic (2 nights)

This hotel is a 5-minute walk from the beach. Among the amenities are a pool, free parking and the hotel's restaurant. The air-conditioned rooms feature sea or pool views. A 15-minute drive takes you to the charming center of Barahona, with numerous cafes and restaurants.

Hotel Rancho Baiguate***, Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic (1 night)

Hotel Rancho Baiguate is harmoniously nestled in the beautiful landscape of Jarabacoa. The hotel offers everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. Relax by the large pool and enjoy the tranquility amidst the lush vegetation. Discover a completely different side of the Dominican Republic!

27 rooms are available in total. The in-house buffet restaurant offers typical Dominican specialties. In a cozy garden atmosphere, the bar invites you to linger. For sports enthusiasts, there are table tennis tables, a volleyball court as well as a basketball court. The exceptional hotel serves as a perfect starting point for excursions to Pico Duarte, the highest mountain in the Caribbean at 3098 meters, or to the impressive waterfalls Baiguate and Jimenoa.

Hotel Natura Cabana****, Cabarete, Dominican Republic (1 night)

This comfortable boutique hotel is located directly on the beach not far from Cabarete. The sound of the waves and the sounds of the tropics in combination with the ecological ambience give you the opportunity to really switch off. All twelve bungalows are furnished according to Feng Shui rules, so that you can feel absolutely comfortable.

Playa Colibri***, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic (2 nights)

Located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Las Terrenas, the Playa Colibri hotel offers a family atmosphere with a high level of customer service. Different apartment types ensure that every guest will find the room according to their wishes. The hotel offers a pool, jacuzzi, restaurant, bar and beach access.

Duration of the trip: 8 days / 7 nights

Included

  • 7 days of a rental car type "F" (middle class), Kia Sportage SUV or similar (2 - 4 people) with unlimited kilometers, air conditioning, incl. CDW, fully comprehensive insurance without deductible (however: deductible for damages to car windows and tires)
  • 7 night accommodation in the mentioned hotels (or similar)
  • daily breakfast
  • taxes and fees
  • Meet & Greet upon arrival and travel documentation with useful tips and info as well as road map

Not included

  • International flights
  • Tourist card (USD 10) on arrival
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the scope of service
  • Rental car:
    • additional driver and gasoline

    • optional T&W (Tires & Windshield) insurance of approx. USD 6 / day

    • Security deposit (USD 500, which can be paid locally with a credit card)

    • Airport tax (10% of the total amount of the rental car, which can also be paid locally by credit card)

Services & Notes

The roads outside Santo Domingo are partly in bad condition and there are many road works. The driving skills of the Dominicans are well known and we do not recommend emulating them. You should take special care with the many "motoconchos" (motorcycles) and when overtaking (left and right). Also, driving in the evening or at night should generally be avoided. Adjust your speed in rainy and wet conditions.

Additional experiences

Culinary city tour in Santo Domingo

  1. Price per person from 152 € excl. Flight
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Boat trip to Saona Island

  1. Price per person from 91 € excl. Flight
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