The Dominican Republic is the most diverse island in the Caribbean. This lush tropical paradise boasts nearly 1,609 km (1,000 miles) of coastline and 402 km (250 miles) of the world’s most spectacular and beautiful beaches. Most tourists only get to visit a part of the Island, as visiting the complete Island can take you up to a full month of traveling around. The Dominican Republic has so much to offer, that actually the only great way to get a true understanding of the country is by simply driving around. Therefore we selected the best Road trips in The Dominican Republic.
The best Road trips in The Dominican Republic
When thinking of a road trip in Dominican Republic this is what you should know: first of all; it is easily reachable by air with 10+ airports, you can rent cars in every corner of the country. The infrastructure has been updated tremendously in the recent years, the island is extremely diverse and large enough to keep you going for a couple of days to weeks (if you wants to see it all).
Here you will find two of the most popular road trip in Dominican Republic roads, taking you from the Capital, to the mountains, countryside, beautiful beaches, natural parks and jungle to commercial tourist hotspots. Basically all you need to see:
The Dominican Republic in 7 days
This amazing road trip takes you in approximately 7 days all around The Dominican Republic. You will be visiting the most beautiful Beaches, Beach Towns, Mountains, Jungle, Major Cities, Islands and National Parks.
Highlights: Santo Domingo, Jarabacoa, Santiago de Los Caballeros, Montecristi, Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Las Terrenas, Cayo Levantado and Los Haitises National Park.
The Dominican Republic in 14 days
If you have about two weeks. Then this road trip is the perfect route to choose. It will take you in approximately 14 days all around The Dominican Republic. You will be visiting the most beautiful Beaches, Beach Towns, Tourist Town’s, Mountains, Jungle, Major Cities, Islands and National Parks.
Highlights: Santo Domingo, Jarabacoa, Santiago de Los Caballeros, Montecristi, Punta Rucia, Cayo Arena, Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Las Terrenas, Cayo Levantado, Los Haitises National Park, Sabana del Mar, Punta Cana, Cap Cana, Bayahibe, La Romana, Juan Dolio and Boca Chica.
The roads less traveled – 5 day Trip
Would you like to visit the roads less traveled? Then this road trip is the perfect route for you. It will take you in approximately 7 days to the Southern less touristy part of the Dominican Republic. You will be visiting the beautiful Beaches, Beach Towns, Nature and National Parks.
Highlights: Santo Domingo, Palmar de Ocoa, Las Dunas de Bani, Barahona, Prque Nacional Jaragua, Bahia de las Aguilas and Lago Enriquillo.
Important: For this road trip an SUV or 4X4 is recommended as some roads are unpaved.
Tips for The best Road trips in The Dominican Republic
When renting a car for your road trip in the Dominican Republic. Then take in mind that roads in the Dominican Republic aren’t always in perfect conditions, you will come across holes or unpaved roads. The best places to rent cars are in the Airports or tourist towns like Punta Cana, Puerto Plata or Santo Domingo. Here you can book your rental car.
All of the above road trips could be traveled by any type of vehicle, however, an SUV or 4X4 is recommended as you will come across potholes, unpaved roads and heavy rain sets some streets under water.
Driving in the Dominican Republic is fairly easy. The roads aren’t very busy except for Santo Domingo and most roads are in good conditions. However, when driving in the Dominican Republic keep your eyes open as people often don’t always respect traffic regulations. For instance crossing highways, ignoring traffic lights by night, broken lights on motorbikes and cars etc.